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State purchasing 4,200-acres of ranch in Douglas County for wildlife habitat


WILDLIFE — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved purchasing ...
While similar huge acquisitions in Asotin County have generated controversy, Douglas County commissioners have formally supported the state's plans to purchase the Grand ...

Mariners celebrate two millionth fan


Brian Grimm, 22, of Asotin, Washington, was showered with confetti and greeting inside the Home Plate Gate by the Mariner Moose and a Dixieland band playing When the Saints Go Marching in. Grimm and his family (girlfriend, younger brother, mom and her ...

Spaghetti fundraiser Friday night will help reopen the Asotin Marina


ASOTIN, WA - If you're in the mood for Italian food, save your appetite for tomorrow (Friday) night! The city of Asotin is putting on their first spaghetti feed fundraiser to reopen the city's marina, which hasn't been used in more than ten-years.

Idaho wins Battle of the Border


Dayton, along with St. John-Endicott and Asotin, also represented Washington. Dayton fashioned a 7-8 set mark against the Idaho schools. The Bulldogs defeated Genesee, Orofino and Kamiah, but dropped matches to Prairie and Troy. For the Pirates ...

Washington declares a state of emergency in battle against wildfires


The proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima counties. The largest fire in Washington is ...

Washington Supreme Court members visit Asotin, Garfield counties


ASOTIN - The newest member of the Washington Supreme Court snapped photos on her cellphone during Monday's visit to the Asotin County Courthouse so she could post them to Facebook. "This is a fantastic courtroom," Justice Mary Yu of Seattle said on a tour ...

Three large fires burn in Northwest, two in Washington state


Three big fires were burning Friday morning in the Northwest — two of them in Washington state. On Thursday, a fire ignited five miles south of Asotin in southeastern Washington near the border with Idaho. Washington state ordered two state strike teams ...

Fire chars 1,000 acres near Asotin


ASOTIN, Wash.—Authorities called in more crews Friday to help fight a fire growing in size near Asotin, Washington. Crews said an additional 30 firefighters arrived to help fight the blaze. Experts also called in a helicopter to help battle the fire on ...

ALERT: Asotin County Sheriff's Deputies Looking For Rape Suspect


30 pm at gun point near the Harding and First Street intersection in the City of Asotin, Washington by a male driving a white older model four door full size lifted pickup. The suspect is described as being a while male in his late 20's with blue eyes and ...

Race report: Striders Benefit Run in Asotin, Washington


I was lucky enough to accompany a friend on a week-long trip to Montana last week, and besides getting in some good high-elevation runs along the way, we found a race last Friday evening that perfectly fit into our travel plans on the way home. We had ...

Firefighters save hamsters with oxygen masks in Lacey, Washington


LACEY, Wash. - Firefighters in Washington are being praised for saving a family’s pet hamsters and the pictures are going viral. First responders in the town of Lacey arrived on scene Friday and found five hamsters inside a burning mobile home.

Residents are first line of defense in burglaries, say Washington Twp. Police


Officials said that police are increasing patrols, adding that the recent increase in crime can be blamed on heroin use in the area. Washington Township police. Washington Township Police, who also serve the borough, held an open forum for residents last ...

Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters on Bradley Beal saying the Washington Wizards have the best backcourt: 'That's nonsense'


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters has never been short on confidence. When he heard about Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal saying during the team's Media Day that the NBA's best backcourt plays in the nation's capitol, Waiters ...

Jail escape in Washington not detected for 2 days


MARYSVILLE, Wash. — An inmate's escape from a jail in Washington state went undetected for two days last week until the man's defense lawyer stopped for a visit and he couldn't be found. The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1rqrM8S ) 19-year-old Rhyan ...

The 10 richest people in the Washington area


The Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest people in the country includes 10 billionaires from the Washington region. Jacqueline Mars, who came in at No. 19, is the richest person in the Washington region by a wide margin. Mars is a co-owner of Mars Inc., the ...

Arsonist Suspected of Setting 23 Fires in Washington State


Mosaic Co. said Tuesday it is cutting back phosphate fertilizer production because of high sulfur and ammonia prices. The move isn't expected to result in employee layoffs, b...
Mosaic Co. said Tuesday it is cutting back phosphate fertilizer production ...

Hong Kong in frame for Chinese minister's Washington visit


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi was due in Washington on Tuesday, where he will hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that are expected to include the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. A Chinese diplomat said the aim ...

Denzel Washington’s ‘The Equalizer’ Tops Weekly Box Office


Denzel Washington is back, and has reclaimed Hollywood’s top spot for the week. Washington’s latest film, The Equalizer, raked in $35 million on a rather brisk week, far outdistancing its nearest competitor, The Maze Runner, who totalled $17.5 million ...

2014 MLB Playoffs: Making a Case for the Washington Nationals as Your New Team


So you're a fan without a nation. The single biggest selling point for Washington isn't its National League-best 96-66 record, but the way in which those 96 games were won. And the only way to truly understand the grit that defines the Nationals is to take ...

Denzel Washington's 'Equalizer' dominates box office


(CNN)-- At age 59, Denzel Washington may have something new: a franchise. The two-time Oscar winner added to his string of successes this weekend with "The Equalizer," which had no equal at the box office, opening with an estimated $35 million in ticket sales.



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 We support the work of teachers through initiatives and resources that lift the profession and help educators and students succeed.

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Teach to Lead is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership, particularly those that allow teachers to stay in the classroom.

The initiative seeks to:

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Watch Arne Duncan´s speech announcing Teach to Lead and listen to his discussion with teachers at the National Board´s Teaching and Learning conference. [Transcript]

 "Teacher leadership means having a voice in the policies and decisions that affect your students, your daily work, and the shape of your profession. "
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
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Health care for childrens: basic information.

What should I look for when choosing child care? Information is available at Child Care Aware of Missouri (Resource and Referral).

How can I get a list of child care providers in my area? A list of licensed and license-exempt child care providers is available at Child Care Provider Search and through your regional resource and referral agency Child Care Aware of Missouri.

What inspection requirements do licensed and license-exempt facilities have? Both licensed and license-exempt facilities are required to have regular fire, sanitation and health inspections. In addition, licensed facilities have additional compliance monitoring inspections each year.

Do all persons who care for children (who are not related to the provider) in their homes have to be licensed by the state? No. A person may care for four or fewer children who are not *related to the provider without being licensed.

What should I do if I notice an in-home provider is caring for more than four (4) unrelated children? Providing unlicensed child care for more than 4 children, who are not *related to the provider, is against the law in Missouri. If you know someone who is providing illegal care, contact us and file a complaint.

How many children may a licensed facility care for at one time? There are several criteria that determine a facility’s licensed capacity. These include:

  1. Square footage for indoor and outdoor areas;
  2. Director’s education and work experience; and
  3. Amount of materials and equipment.

What happens if my child gets sick while they are at the licensed facility? Child care rules document what symptoms require providers to observe children more closely and what symptoms require that providers send children home. Your provider is required to contact you when signs of illness are observed.

How will I learn about the provider’s rules and policies? A licensed child care facility is required to provide the parents with written policies, program goals, admission, care and discharge of the child at the time of enrollment. The provider must also have a copy of the child care licensing rules available for review. License-exempt providers are required to give parents a Notice of Parental Responsibility which includes the facility’s discipline philosophy and policy, facility’s staff/child ratio, and the educational philosophy and policy. Sec. 210.254, RSMo

Can my provider give medications to my child? The center or home provider is not required to administer medication. However, if your provider chooses to administer medication, there are guidelines in the rules that must be followed for licensed and license-exempt child care providers.

What happens if my provider breaks a rule? When it is determined that the provider is not in compliance, the provider is notified at the time of inspection. If there is a consistent pattern of non-compliance or areas that present a danger to the health, safety and welfare of children, disciplinary action will be taken.

What types of disciplinary action can be taken? Disciplinary actions include the following:

Denial of Initial License - A formal action notifying a person why he or she cannot receive a child care license, taken when an applicant for initial license does not comply with statute or licensing rule requirements.

Denial of Renewal - A formal action notifying a person why the child care license will not be renewed at the expiration of the licensing period. This action occurs when the licensee does not comply with statute and licensing rule requirements.

Letter of Warning - Formal correspondence that notifies a licensee that violations have occurred. It is removed from public record after one year.

Letter of Censure - Formal correspondence that notifies a licensee that violations have occurred. It is filed permanently in the public record.

Probation - Places conditions or terms on a license that may exceed the licensing rule requirements for a specific period of time. It may lead to further discipline if the licensee fails to comply with the terms of the probationary license.

Settlement Agreement - This is a negotiation process by which we and the licensee finalize a formal agreement on specific terms or conditions to allow continuation of the license.

Immediate suspension - This is the only action taken by us that immediately terminates the licensed status. This occurs in situations of imminent bodily harm to children.

Revocation - This is a formal action that removes a child care license.

Injunctive Relief - This is a court order that causes a person to cease operating a child care facility or imposes conditions to protect children who are in care at the facility from imminent danger.

Referral to the Prosecuting Attorney - Our action when there is evidence of a statute violation for care of more than 4 children not related to the caregiver without a license.

What will my provider do in an emergency if I cannot be reached? The provider is required to obtain emergency contact information at the time of enrollment. The provider will typically try to contact the parent first, and if the parent cannot be reached, the persons listed as the emergency contacts will be called. You should review your emergency contacts periodically to ensure your provider has updated information.

What is a ratio? The amount of staff, required by licensing rules, per child required in a licensed facility. In license-exempt facilities, the owner/operator defines the ratio.

What are the ratios for group home and child care centers? The following staff/child ratios apply to group child care homes and child care centers:

  1. Birth to 2 years - 1 caregiver for every 4 children
  2. 2 year olds 1 caregiver for every 8 children
  3. 3 to 5 year olds 1 caregiver for every 10 children
  4. Ages 5 years and up - 1 caregiver for every 16 children
  5. Special requirements apply for mixed age groups.

What is the capacity for family home providers? The number of children and the ages of the children in care is defined on the family home provider’s license which must be posted at the facility. A family home provider is limited to caring for no more than ten *unrelatedchildren. The number of *unrelated children under the age of two will affect the total number of children allowed.

How do I find out about complaints made against a provider? When you tour the facility, ask to see copies of current inspection reports. We maintain copies of inspection reports, substantiated complaints and other licensing information. You can view a copy of a child care facility’s licensing record by contacting the child care licensing office. All complaints are investigated, but only substantiated complaints are placed in the provider’s public record.

How do I file a complaint? You can file a complaint by contacting the child care licensing office. A complaint form is available, but the form is not required. We also accepts complaints by telephone. For more information about how to file a complaint,click here. When filing a complaint, please be prepared to give as much detail as possible. This will assist us in gathering the information needed to conduct a thorough investigation.

How often are providers inspected?

Licensed facilities are inspected at least once annually by staff from:

  • Fire safety; and
  • Environmental sanitation.

Licensed facilities are inspected at least twice annually by staff from:

  • Us

License exempt facilities are inspected once annually by staff from:

  • Fire safety;
  • Environmental sanitation; and
  • Us

Unregulated facilities are not inspected by Section for Child Care Regulation.

Can a facility disenroll my child? Yes. Refer to your provider’s written policies and procedures. Each regional resource and referral office has an Inclusion Specialist who can work with the provider and parent before dis-enrollment occurs. For assistance, contact your regional resource and referral office (Child Care Aware of Missouri).

Can the provider transport my child? We have rules that licensed and license-exempt providers must follow. The provider is responsible for the care, safety and supervision of children on field trips or any other time the children are transported away from the facility. Parents must be informed when field trips are planned and written parental consent must be on file for all field trips and transportation. Drivers and vehicles must meet the requirements of Missouri law. Child safety restraints must be used according to Missouri state law.

What are the general differences between licensed, license-exempt and unregulated facilities? Download this pdf to view a chart of general differences in unregulated child care facilities.

How can I find child care for a child with special needs? Contact United 4 Children at 1-800-467-2322. You will be connected to an Inclusion Specialist who will assist your family in finding care specific to the special needs of your child. If your question has not been answered, email childcare@health.mo.gov.

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Child Care Provider Information FAQ Section

Once I get my child care license, what changes impact my license? Issues such as change in ownership, change in location, change in capacity, or a change in hours (adding care after 9 p.m.) can affect a child care license. Prior to making changes that you believe could affect your licensing status, you must contact us.

How long do I have to complete the application process? An application is valid for six months. If your facility is not licensed within that timeframe, you will need to complete a new application.

Are child care licenses permanent? No. A child care license can be issued for a maximum of a two year period.

How many children can I care for without being licensed? Missouri state law allows you to care for no more than four children not *related to you without a child care license.

What type of training do I need on a yearly basis? The director, child care providers, all caregivers and volunteers who are counted in staff/child ratios of licensed family child care homes, group child care homes and child care centers are required to obtain at least 12 approved clock hours of child care related training during each calendar year.

We contract with qualified training organizations to provide accessible and affordable training for child care providers across the state. The training must be based on competencies (essential knowledge and skill areas) for assuring quality child care. Child care related training topics include: health, safety, nutrition, developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences for children; positive guidance and discipline; positive communication and interaction with families; planning and setting up an appropriate environment for children; professional and administrative practices.

Child care training and professional development opportunities include:

  • Training workshops on various topics;
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) training and assessment to assist child care providers earn a national CDA credential from the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition;
  • College credit training from some colleges and universities;
  • Advanced and specialized training for entry level child care staff, directors, infant/toddler caregivers, and caring for children with special needs; and
  • Individualized technical assistance and training to assist providers to access needs and make improvements in their respective programs.

For a list of approved trainings and professional development, contact Child Care Aware of Missouri at 800-200-9017. Click on Training & Professional Development, then choose the training calendar in your area.

Are there grants or funding available to operate my child care program? We do not provide grants or funding, however there are other resources that may be available to you.

  1. The Child Care Food Program
  2. Department of Social Services, Child Care Subsidy
  3. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  4. Child Care Aware® of Missouri
  5. T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship

What happens if I don´t get licensed and I care for more than four (4) children who are not related to me? If we determine that you are providing care to more than four (4) children not *related to you, we will expect you to immediately limit the number of children in your care to 4 or fewer in compliance with Missouri law. Parents of children in your care will be notified if you are operating illegally. Additionally, local law enforcement will be notified. Legal referrals may also be made to the local prosecuting attorney for further action.

Is there a fee for a license? The State of Missouri does not charge a fee, but you may incur costs to meet required rules. (Examples include install a fence, obtain a medical examination, etc.) In addition, you will need to contact your local city or county to determine if any fees apply to your business.

What types of inspections do I need to obtain a child care license?

  1. Health
  2. Sanitation
  3. Fire safety

How long does it take to get licensed? The exact time to become licensed varies depending on how quickly the applicant is able to meet the licensing rules. The licensing process includes inspections by the Department of Health and Senior Services, Section for Child Care Regulation, Bureau of Environmental Regulation and Licensure, and the Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety. There may also be local building and zoning ordinances that apply. Therefore, it is advisable to begin the licensing process as soon as possible.

What are the educational requirements for a licensed group home or child care center director? Click here to view a chart of the educational requirements.

What is a registered provider? Some families may be eligible for financial help with their child care costs. The Department of Social Services, Family Support Division may contract with licensed and license-exempt providers to pay for child care services for eligible children. If you are interested in this program, contact your local county Family Support Division office.

What should I do if I suspect child abuse or neglect (CA/N)? Child care providers are mandated (required) by law to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect. These reports must be made to the Child Abuse and Neglect (CA/N) hotline at 1-800-392-3738.

Why does the Section for Child Care Regulation do background screenings? Our rules require background screenings. We have adopted a policy to address background screenings. The following rules and statutes provide the authority for the section to conduct background screenings.

19 CSR 30-62.102(1)(A) states: “Day care personnel shall be of good character and intent and shall be qualified to provide care conducive to the welfare of children.” Similar rules for family homes exist 19 CSR 30-61.105(1)(D)

19 CSR 30-62.102(1) (K) states: “Volunteers counted in staff/child ratios, caregivers and other personnel shall be screened for child abuse/neglect. The screening shall be requested by the provider within ten (10 days) of any individual beginning employment or volunteering in the facility. Any investigated allegation of child abuse or neglect in which the investigator finds reasonable cause to believe that the individual is the alleged perpetrator of child abuse or neglect, shall be evaluated by the department. After review, the department may prohibit the person from being present in the facility during child care hours.” Similar rules for family homes exist 19 CSR 30-61.105(1)(K)

19 CSR 30-62.102(1)(L) states in part: “The child care provider shall request and have on file the results of a criminal record review from the Missouri State Highway Patrol as defined by 19 CSR 30-62.042 Initial Licensing Information and 19 CSR 30-62.052 License Renewal. The child care provider shall request a criminal record review within ten (10) days following a change of the facility owner(s), board president or chairperson, the center director or group day care home provider, employees of the provider, or volunteers counted in the staff/child ratios. The department may request a criminal record review from the Missouri State Highway Patrol for any adult present in the facility when child care children are present. The criminal record reviews shall include records of criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, and suspended imposition of sentence during the term of probation.…

2. Any information received by the department that indicates that the subject of the criminal record review poses a threat to the safety or welfare of children shall be evaluated by the department. After review, the department may prohibit such person from being present on the premises of the facility during child care hours.” Similar rules for family homes exist 19 CSR 30-61.105(1)(L)

19 CSR 30-62.102(1)(M) states: “Any person present at the facility during the hours in which child care is provided shall not present a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the children” Similar rules for family homes exist 19 CSR 30-61.115(5)

Section 210.221, RSMo sets for the powers and duties of the department concerning child care licensing.

Section 210.906, RSMo requires every child care worker hired on or after Jan. 1, 2001 to complete registration with the Family Care Safety Registry.

Section 210.922, RSMo allows the department to use information contained in the Family Care Safety Registry to carry out its statutory duties.

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Environmental Sanitation FAQ Section

I am interested in opening a new child care facility or home, who should I contact? The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Section for Child Care Regulation will assist potential child care providers in getting started with the initial licensing process.  Once the prospective provider has completed an application for licensure, the Section for Child Care Regulation will notify the Division of Fire Safety and Environmental Child Care Program of the provider’s need for initial inspections.

How often are child care providers inspected? For sanitation, child care providers are inspected at least annually.  Providers that routinely fail to meet sanitation requirements may be inspected more frequently.

Who conducts child care sanitation inspections? Inspections may be conducted by Environmental Public Health Specialists from the Department of Health and Senior Services’ Environmental Child Care Program or from the Local Public Health Agency.

How do I file a sanitation complaint regarding a child care facility or home? You can file a complaint by contacting the child care licensing office.  A complaint form is available, but the form is not required.  The Section for Child Care Regulation also accepts complaints by telephone.  For more information about how to file a complaint, click here.  When filing a complaint, please be prepared to give as much detail as possible.  This will assist the Section in gathering the information needed to conduct a thorough investigation.  The Environmental Child Care Program assists the Section for Child Care Regulation in investigating complaints as needed.

Are there differences in sanitation requirements for licensed family homes, group homes, centers, and license-exempt facilities?   Yes, there are a number of differences in sanitation requirements for the different types of child care in Missouri.  Please refer to the sanitation guidelines or contact us for questions about specific issues.

What do child care sanitation inspectors look for? Child care sanitation inspectors conduct thorough inspections to ensure the health and safety of children in care.  Inspectors evaluate cleanliness, facility maintenance, water and sewer services, hygiene, food protection, diapering, and other various procedural issues that promote a healthy environment.

Is lead-based paint allowed in child care? Prior to 1978 lead-based paint was widely used, and any pre-1978 structure may contain lead-based paint.  It is important to understand the difference between lead-based paint and a lead hazard.  Lead hazards are not permitted in child care, but the simple existence of lead-based paint does not necessarily constitute a lead hazard.  Lead-based paint that is deteriorating or on a friction surface are examples of a lead hazard that is not permitted in child care. What are the sanitation requirements for having pets in child care? All animals must be considered to be in good health.  Pets such as cats and dogs should be routinely evaluated by a veterinarian and vaccinated according to the veterinarian’s recommendations or as required by local ordinance.  Birds of the parrot family must be tested for psittacosis.  Reptiles are prohibited in child care.  Other animals are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. NOTE:  the Section for Child Care Regulation also has safety requirements for animals in child care.

What is considered an approved food source in child care? Child care providers must utilize foods from an approved source.  The following are examples of approved sources:

  • Schools and restaurants
  • Grocery and other retail food stores
  • Commercial food warehouses and distributors
  • Local farmer’s market for whole, uncut fruits and vegetables
  • Provider’s garden for whole, uncut fruits and vegetables

The following are examples of unapproved food sources:

  • Custom-exempt processed beef and pork
  • Wild game
  • Farm fresh eggs from individuals without a valid egg license from the Missouri Department of Agriculture
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Home-canned foods
  • Foods prepared at an uninspected facility such as an employee’s home

If you have questions regarding approved food sources, contact us or your local public health agency.

What are the expectations for a child care provider operating under a boil water order? Depending on the type of water supply, a boil water order may be issued by DHSS, Local Public Health Agency, Department of Natural Resources, or the water supplier.  A boil water order indicates that the water may not be safe for consumption.  Child care providers are expected to follow boil water orders to protect children in care.  If you have questions regarding a boil water order, contact us or your local public health agency.

Why is the required cleaning process so complicated? Certain surfaces are required to be washed, rinsed, sanitized, and air-dried.  The process ensures that surfaces of critical importance such as diapering pads are not only clean to sight and touch, but free of harmful microorganisms as well.

Where can I get sanitizer test strips for my child care? Providers are required to have a test kit for testing sanitizer solution concentrations.  Restaurant supply stores are generally considered the best place to obtain test strips for the various approved sanitizers.

What is ‘date-marking?’ Date-marking certain foods is required for most child care providers.  Refrigerated foods prepared at the facility that are potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat, and held over 24 hours must be labeled with a discard-by date of the preparation day plus seven days.  Commercially processed, refrigerated food items that are potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat, and held over 24 hours must also be date-marked once the product has been opened.  If you have questions about which foods require date-marking, contact us or your local public health agency.

Why is hand washing so important? Good hand washing is the single most important thing a child care provider can do to prevent the spread of disease.  It is critical that provider and child alike learn to wash their hands frequently.

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By making some small changes in your home and garden, you can reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and save money

By making some small changes in your home and garden, you can reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and save money. Explore our list of the 10 simple steps you can take to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

1. Replace 5 lights at home

Replace the five most frequently used lights or the bulbs in these, with products certified under the seal of ENERGY STAR ® and you help the environment by saving more than $ 70 per year in electricity bills. ENERGY STAR lighting provides bright, warm light that generates 75% less heat; uses up to 75% less energy than traditional lighting; and lasts 10 to 50 times longer.

2. Look for products certified under the ENERGY STAR

When buying new products for your home, look for the ENERGY STAR EPA that will help you make a decision more energy efficient. You can find the Energy Star label on more than 60 kinds of products, including appliances, lighting equipment, heating and air conditioning, electronics and office equipment. Throughout life all on your home certified under the ENERGY STAR label may reduce emissions of greenhouse gases approximately 130.000 pounds and save $ 11,000 in electricity bills.

3. Heat and cool your home smartly

Expenses for the use of heating and cooling account for almost half of its electricity-bill about $ 1,000 a year! There are many things you can do to reduce these costs. Simple steps such as changing air filters regularly, properly using a programmable thermostat and making sure to give annually due maintain your heating and air conditioning by a licensed contractor can save energy and increase comfort at home while helping to protect environment. Depending on the area you live in, you can reduce your annual energy bill by more than $ 200 to replace your heating and air conditioning old certificate under the seal of ENERGY STAR equipment.

4. Selle home and add insulation with ENERGY STAR

Reduce leaks and drafts using caulk, weatherstripping and insulation to seal any cracks or hollow along windows and doors in your home as well as in the attic to block heat and cold. An owner with appropriate knowledge or skilled contractor can save you up to 20% on the cost of heating and air conditioning. Through these actions you can greatly improve the comfort in your home following proper sealing and insulation measures.

5. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

The reduce, reuse, and recycling in your home helps conserve energy and reduce pollution and emissions of greenhouse gases from extraction, manufacturing and disposal. If there is a recycling program in your community, recycle your newspapers, soda bottles, paper and other products. Also the composting of food waste and yard cleanup reduces the amount of waste you send to landfill and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases. Visit the Individual Waste Reduction Model EPA (iWARM for its acronym in English) to learn about the energy benefits of recycling common waste on landfill disposal.

6. Use water efficiently

It requires a lot of energy to pump, treat, and heat water, thus water conservation reduces emissions of greenhouse gases. Saving water at home is easy. Three percent of the nation´s energy is used to pump and treat water, thus conserving water also conserves energy by reducing pollution of greenhouse gases. Reduce as much as possible the amount of waste generated and the water you drink. Take simple steps to conserve water such as not leaving the tap when shaving or brushing your teeth and save money while conserving water using products labeled WaterSense . Did you know a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day? Repair all leaks and dripping faucets and toilets immediately. When you run the dishwasher to capacity will save 100 pounds of carbon dioxide and up to $ 40 per year.Pour water to the lawn and garden wisely. Only water them when necessary and do it in the coolest part of the day.Typically, early morning is the best time. See the Web site of the EPA WaterSense for more tips on how to conserve water.

7. Practice organic gardening

The composting of food waste and grass clippings reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and emissions of greenhouse gases. The program GreenScapes EPA has several tips and useful publications (PDF)  (16 pp, 1.8MB, About PDF )on how to improve your lawn or garden while also helping the environment.

8. Buy green energy

Energize your home by purchasing green energy. The green energy is environmentally beneficial electricity that has been generated by renewable energy sources like wind and sun. There are two ways to use green energy. You can buy green power or you can modify your house to generate your own green energy. Purchasing green power is easy . It offers a host of environmental and economic benefits unlike conventional electricity, including lower emissions of greenhouse gases and helps to increase the supply of clean energy. There are several steps you can take to create a greener home, including installing solar panels  and investigate incentives for renewable energy in your state .

9. Calculate the carbon footprint in your home

Use the calculator Domestic Emissions EPA Greenhouse Gas to make an estimate of emissions of greenhouse gases in their residence from the use of energy, transportation, and waste disposal. This tool will help you understand where they come from and how emissions identify ways to reduce them.

10. Communicate the message

Tell your family and friends that energy efficiency is good for their homes and good for the environment because it reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollution. Tell five people and together we can help each other, reducing the cost of energy in our homes.

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Nobody who starts smoking in adolescence expect your teeth will begin to fall when you are 40

No person who starts smoking in adolescence expect your teeth will begin to fall when you are 40.But that´s exactly what happened to Felicita and Brett, two people in real life who tell their stories in the CDC´s tips of quitters ( Advice ). The new high-impact ads will be broadcast throughout the United States as of July 7, 2014. Advertisements encourage smokers to stop smoking and to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784 -8669) or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) if you want free help. Smoking causes immediate and long-term damage to the body. Former smokers who are in the campaign share very personal stories about their own suffering to motivate smokers to quit. Seven people from different parts of the country are in the most recent campaign Advice .

Smoking destroys the smile

It is known that cigarette smoking causes yellow teeth are made, but for many it is a surprise that can cause tooth loss. The explanation is gum disease (periodontal disease), an infection of the gums and bone structure supporting the teeth. In severe cases, gum disease can make your teeth fall out.If you smoke:
  • Is twice as likely to have gum disease than non-smoking person.
  • The more cigarettes smoked, the greater your risk of gum disease.
  • The longer you smoke, the greater your risk of gum disease.
Notice of Felicita and Brett
Felicita and Brett, two new campaigners advice , learned the hard way that smoking can ruin your teeth. Felicita started smoking at age 12 and continued to do so for many more, but did not realize that smoking worsens their dental problems. Like many people with gum disease, did not feel much pain as gums worse. At age 50, Felicita was the dentist to have a tooth taken out and could not believe it when he learned that they had to get everyone. Currently, Felicita loves not being a smoker, but I do not smile much because ashamed to have dentures. The campaign ads Advice Felicita tell the story in English and Spanish.
The history of Felicita
Brettstarted smoking at 16 to impress a girl. When I was about 35, Brett gave him gum disease and when he turned 42, and he had to take almost all teeth, including 16 in a single operation. After several attempts, Brett finally managed to quit smoking. Now know you can not smoke or even a puff that could fall. "My wake up call was lost most of my teeth," he says. Now Brett is 4 years without smoking. Stay away from cigarettes and have good dental habits are important to help prevent gum disease.This means brushing your teeth, use floss or dental floss to remove tartar and go to the dentist regularly for checkups and to make professional cleanings.

Smoking, pregnancy and babies

Smoking during pregnancy can cause serious health problems for the mother and baby. The baby may be born much too soon, have a birth defect or dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Even being around smoke a cigarette can cause health problems for the mother and baby. Amanda started smoking when I was in fifth grade and when was 13 and smoked every day, even outside during the harsh Wisconsin winters. While in college, newly-engaged to be married and still smoking a pack-daily, Amanda learned she was pregnant. His daughter was born 2 months premature. The tiny baby spent weeks in a hospital incubator. "Cancer. I do not give."
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Rose grew up in a small town in Texas and started smoking at age 13. After a while, I had an addiction to two packs a day and almost lost a foot due to blockage of blood vessels. Before Rose could leg surgery at an X-ray showed he had lung cancer, which then spread to the brain. After two operations, Rose is in close contact with their oncologists. "I regret having started smoking in the first place," says Rose. Shawn lives in Washington state and began smoking at age 14 to try to be accepted by the other students in a new school. I was about 45 when a chronic cough and laryngitis ended up being throat cancer. He endured 38 radiation treatments and finally quit smoking, but doctors could not save his larynx. You now have a stoma (hole) that lets you breathe and laryngeal implant that allows you to talk. Terrie lived in North Carolina and started smoking in high school. At age 40, he was diagnosed with mouth and throat cancer, and they removed the larynx. Terrie fought cancer bravely until he died at age 53 in the fall of 2013. She shares a powerful message in a new ad that was recorded days before he died. More than anything, Terrie wanted help motivate smokers to quit, and could avoid the pain and suffering she passed by.

Smoking and HIV

If you have HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS, smoking is especially dangerous to your health. If you smoke:
  • You are more likely to be affected by the harmful consequences of smoking than people who do not have HIV. These diseases include cancer, heart disease or stroke.
  • You are more likely to have HIV-related infections that people who have HIV and do not smoke.These diseases include oral candidiasis (an infection in the mouth) and Pneumocystispneumonia , a dangerous infection of the lungs.
Brian was in good health, worked in California and had it under control HIV when her life changed drastically. Cigarette smoking combined with HIV, made ??her some obstruct blood vessels. At 43, he had a blood clot in the lungs, stroke, and he had surgery on a neck artery. "I had to have a stroke to quit smoking," says Brian. For months after the stroke, Brian struggled to speak and read. I could not work or even dress. Today, his right hand is still weak so you can no longer work as a waiter or give pottery classes.

Resources for quitting

People who quit smoking can significantly reduce your risk of illness or premature death. The younger of quitting smoking, the more likely you are to avoid health problems. The following resources can help you quit smoking:
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You have the right to a safe workplace

You have the right to a safe workplace. The Law on Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was enacted to prevent death, injury or illness of workers in their workplaces. The law requires employers to provide free working conditions hazards and unsafe conditions. The Act (OSH Act) created the Administration Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), which sets and enforces standards that protect the safety and health at workplaces. OSHA also provides information, training and assistance to workers and employers. Workers can make a complaint to OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe their employer is not following OSHA standards or there are serious risks. Contact us with questions or to make a complaint . We will keep your information confidential. We are here to help.

The rights of workers under the OSHA Act

Workers have the right to conditions of work without risk of serious harm. Site to ensure safe and healthful workplace, OSHA also provides workers the right to:
  • Ask OSHA to conduct an inspection of the workplace.
  • Exercise their rights under the law of revenge free or discrimination.
  • Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent damage and OSHA standards that apply to your workplace. The training must be in a language you can understand;
  • Having access to the results of the tests done to find hazards in the workplace,
  • Read the archives of injuries and work-related diseases ;
  • Access to copies of your medical records ;

Who covers the OSHA

Private sector workers Most employees in the country are under the jurisdiction of the OSHA law. OSHA covers employers and private sector workers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other jurisdictions of the United States, either directly by the OSHA Federal, or anOSHA-approved state program . State Programs health and safety should be at least as effective as federal OSHA program. To find the contact information for the Office of Federal or state program of the nearest OSHA, see the map of the regional offices. Employees of state and local government Employees who work for state and local governments are not covered by the federal OSHA, but have protection under the OSHA law if they work in states that have a state program approved by OSHA. Four states and a territory of the USA. UU. have OSHA-approved plans that cover only public sector employees. These include: Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and the Virgin Islands. Workers in the private sector in these four states and the Virgin Islands are covered by federal OSHA. Federal workers Federal agencies must have a safety and health program that meets the same standards as private employers. Although OSHA does not assign fines to federal agencies, yes the monitors and responds to complaints from their workers. The States Postal Service (USPS) is covered by OSHA. Not covered by the OSHA Act:
  • Freelance workers;
  • Members of the immediate family of the owners of a farm that did not employ outside workers; and
  • Workplace hazards that are regulated by another federal agency (eg Administration Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Coast Guard)

Standards OSHA: Occupational

OSHA standards are regulations that describe the methods that employers must use to protect their employees from hazards and risks. There are OSHA standards for the construction , agriculturemarine operations , and general industry. latter category are the standards that apply to most workplaces. Standards limit the amount of hazardous chemicals to which workers can be exposed;require the use of certain safe practices and equipment; and require employers to monitor hazards and keep reports of injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Examples of OSHA standards include requirements to: provide fall protection; prevent the collapse of excavations; prevent some infectious diseases; ensure that workers entering confined spaces safely; prevent employees from being exposed to harmful substances such as asbestos; put guards on machines; provide respirators or other safety equipment; and provide training for certain dangerous jobs. Employers must also conform to the General Duty Clause of the OSHA Act ​​requires employers to keep their workplace free of hazards that are recognized as serious. This clause is usually cited when no OSHA standard applies directly to danger.

Workers can request that OSHA inspect your workplace

Workers or their representatives, may file a complaint and request OSHA to conduct an inspection of your workplace if they believe there is a serious danger or your employer is not complying with OSHA standards. A worker can tell OSHA to keep your identity confidential. 's a violation of the OSH Act an employee is fired, demoted, transferred, or discriminated against in any way for filing a complaint or exercise other rights of OSHA. You can make a complaint online , download the form and mail or fax to the office of the nearest OSHA ; or by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Most of the complaints received from the Internet can be resolved informally by phone with your employer. Written complaints that are signed by an employee or representative and sent to the OSHA office nearest are more likely to result in an OSHA inspection at your workplace. When the OSHA inspector arrives, workers and their representatives have the right to:
  • Be present during the inspection.
  • Talk to the OSHA inspector privately.
  • Take part in meetings between the inspector and the employer before and after the inspection.
When no union representative or the employee, the OSHA inspector must speak confidentially to a reasonable number of employees during the course of the inspection. When an inspector finds violations of OSHA standards or serious hazards, OSHA can issue citations and fines. A citation includes the methods that an employer can use to fix the problem, and the date when these corrective actions must be completed. Workers have the right to challenge only the date when the problem has to be solved. But employers have the right to dispute whether there is a violation, or any other part of the citation. Workers or their representatives must notify OSHA if they want to be involved in the appeal process, if the employer challenges a subpoena. "If you send a complaint requesting an OSHA inspection, you are entitled to a copy of the results of the OSHA inspection and request that they be revised if OSHA decides not to issue citations."

Employer Responsibilities

Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Employers MUST provide a workplace free of serious hazards and follow all health and safety standards of OSHA .Employers have to find and fix security issues and health. OSHA also requires employers to try to eliminate or reduce hazards by making changes in working conditions, rather than simply wear masks, gloves, ear plugs, or other types of personal protective equipment (PPE for short in English). Switching to safer chemicals, processes to trap harmful gases, or using ventilation systems to clean the air are examples of effective ways to eliminate or reduce risks. Employers also MUST:
  • Inform employees about the dangers workout, tags, alarms, color-coded systems, information sheets on chemicals and other methods.
  • Save accurate reports of injuries and work-related diseases .
  • Testing in the workplace, such as air sampling, required by some OSHA standards
  • Providing hearing tests or other medical tests required by OSHA standards
  • Locate OSHA citations, data on injuries and illnesses, and the OSHA poster at the jobsite in a place where employees can see them.
  • Report to OSHA within 8 hours after an incident in the workplace where there is a death or when three or more workers to go to hospital.
  • Not discriminate and not retaliate against an employee for exercising their rights under the law.

You can not be punished or discriminated against for exercising their rights under the law of the OSHA

OSHA law protects workers who complain to their employer, OSHA or other government agencies on working conditions that are not healthy or safe, or environmental problems. You can not be transferred, denied a raise, have your hours reduced, be fired, or punished in any other way for exercising their rights under the law of OSHA. OSHA There is help for whistleblowers . If you have been punished or discriminated against for asserting your rights, you must file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days of the alleged retaliation have occurred to most complaints. No form is required, but you must send a letter or call the office nearest OSHA explaining the situation and the alleged discrimination.

What if there is a dangerous situation at work?

If you believe that your work conditions are not healthy or safe, we recommend that you notify your employer of the conditions, if possible. You can make a complaint with OSHA about a hazardous job at any time. But you should not leave the job site only because you made ​​a complaint. If the condition clearly presents a risk of death or serious physical harm, there is insufficient time for OSHA consider, and, whenever possible, you have shown the condition to your employer, you may have a legal right reused to work in a situation where you would be exposed to danger.

Additional information for workers

Does OSHA has reviewed my employer? You can research the history of inspection through their employer seeking establishment of OSHA . Just enter the name of your company and choose the dates you want to examine. What is the danger most commonly cited in my industry? You'll need to know the standard industry classification code (SIC, for its acronym in English) from their employer . Once you know your four-digit code, visit the OSHA Standards that are frequently cited , enter your SIC code and see the information for the last year. Does OSHA provides technical information on hazards? OSHA provides technical information to help workers, employers and professionals in health and safety issues, to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses. For example, you can find information on pathogens, and ergonomic machine guards or fall protection. What is the OSHA materials that may be of interest to workers? OSHA publishes a variety of publications on many topics. Some of the most useful publications for workers are listed below. See OSHA publications for a complete list of materials published by the agency. You can also order publications online.


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