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Prevent rat lungworm disease

Legislation to address Rat Lungworm Disease, HB474 HD1, crossed over last week where it is being considered by the Senate. The Hawai‘i State Department of Health urges the public to take the following 10 precautions to prevent rat lungworm disease: Carefully inspect and wash and all fruits and vegetables under running water, especially leafy greens, in order to remove any tiny slugs or snails, regardless of whether the produce came from a local retailer, farmers’ market or backyard garden. Wash fruit before peeling or cutting it. Even if the fruit has a rind you won’t be eating, like pineapple, it should be scrubbed before being sliced so there’s no chance of contamination as the knife passes through the rind or peel into the edible flesh. Store all food and drinks in sealed containers to prevent contamination. Cook your produce. Heating veggies to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of 15 minutes will kill any parasites. Control snail, slug and rat populations—especially around home gardens—to curtail the spread of rat lungworm disease. Make sure to follow label instructions when using bait, and keep pets and children away. Gardeners, farmers, food handlers and processors should increase diligence in controlling slugs, snails and rats on the farm and in processing/packaging facilities. Don’t drink from the garden hose. Tiny slugs and snails can crawl into the hose opening and be swallowed. Supervise children playing outside, especially while on...

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KNB Blog Fireworks 171229

In Hawaii we celebrate the New Year with fire works. Doing so requires a permit and arial fireworks are only permitted if you are a professional rocketeer. Hotels and Communities throughout the State sponsor beautiful airial fireworks displays. Unfortuately, my of our local people still want to celebrate the old tradition with their personal fireworks displays.  The Honolulu Police Department responds to hundreds of reports of airial fireworks being used ilegaly.  The problem is most of those calls are not specific enough for the police to take action. When you report a violation give a specific location. You can report a violation ananomouly, but it reallly helps the police to have a contact person. Give as detailed information as possible. Give a specific address if you have it and give a discription of who, what, when and how a violation is happening. “Rockets and bombs are being fired by a large man and his children. The man ignites his fire works from the middle of the street. He is wearing a red T-Shirt and bluegenes. His fireworks are stored in the bed of his pickup license number HNL123.” The more information you can provide the better the chance of an effective prosecution. Police can only issue a citation if they observe the illegal activity. The police need your help. Every year, people are injured and fires are started by...

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Critical Red Cross Services

The Red Cross is a vital component in response to disasters large and small. Most of its work is done by volunteers. This is a summary of the work done by 47 Red Cross volunteers to help residents of the Marco Polo Condo during the recent fire. Aloha Kakou, It has been five weeks since the tragic fire at the Marco Polo occurred, an event that developed into the largest non-storm response we have had in the last few years. It is with extreme pride that I can say that we have been getting high praise from residents, government/community partners, building representatives and others for the speed of our response and the assistance that we have been able to provide. This is all thanks to the speed with which the 47 volunteers stepped forward at various stages to assist with everything from sheltering to moving materials, from providing casework to washing cots. MAHALO to them all! To date, we have managed to: Establish a rallying point at Ala Wai Community Park for about 200 residents, allowing them a safe place to sit, get some water and wait while the firefighters battled the blaze Provide safe shelter at Iolani School for 112 residents who didn’t have a place to go that night. Assist residents with reconnecting with their loved ones and encourage them to register on the Safe and Well website...

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