Avoid Road Distractions
Turn off your cell phone while driving

Driving while distracted is dangerous to you, other drivers and passengers.

The Governors Highway Safety Association recommends:
• Turn your cell phone off or silence it, then place it out of reach before you begin driving. Leave a message on your phone that you will return calls when you reach your destination. If you must make a call, pull over.
• Never text and drive. If necessary, ask a passenger to send a text or place a call for you.
• If you must enter an address in your GPS, do so before you begin driving.
• If you must tend to children, pull over.
• Become familiar with the laws in your area on distracted driving. Always stay focused on driving. Avoid eating, drinking and other activities that draw your attention from the road.

This article last updated May 13, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Swimming Pools Can Harbor Germs
Keep the water clean for safety sake

While most swimming pools contain chemicals to help kill germs, these germ-destroyers may not be 100 percent effective all the time.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:
• Shower to help rinse off germs before you get into the water.
• Never urinate or pass a bowel movement in swimming water.
• If you have diarrhea, don't go swimming.
• Never drink pool water.
• Every hour, have kids get out of the pool for a bathroom break or diaper change.
• Make sure chlorine and pH levels are safe before anyone gets in the water.

This article last updated May 18, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

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Be Safe Around Lawn Mowers
Don't let kids play nearby while mowing

Thousands of adults and children are hurt each year from lawn mower-related accidents. But there are things you can do to protect yourself and your family. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises:

• Ensure that the mower has a protective cover over parts that are sharp or may become hot. Riding mowers should have a reverse switch, usually found behind the driver's seat. Push mowers should have a safety feature that stops the mower when the handle is released.
• Instruct children to stay indoors when the mower is in use. If they must be outside, they should be kept at least 20 feet from the mower.
• Never let a child under age 12 operate a push mower, or a child under 16 operate a riding mower. Never allow anyone to be a passenger on a riding mower.
• Protect feet with sturdy shoes (never sandals), and use eye and hearing protection. • Pick up toys, rocks and debris from the yard before mowing.

All of these Health Tips are written by Diana Kohnle for HealthDay News. This article last updated May 26, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.