Briefs: Poster Contest Focus Is Renewable-Energy Sources

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Briefs: Poster Contest Focus Is Renewable-Energy Sources


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Allegheny County Health Department is sponsoring its 13th annual environmental poster contest for students in sixth through eighth grades.

The theme is "Forget Fossil Fuels!" and aims to encourage use of renewable-energy sources. Students are asked to show how to reduce reliance on nonrenewable fossil fuels, how they affect air quality and how renewable energy sources are beneficial to the environment.

Posters will be judged on creativity, strength of message and accuracy of information.

Deadline is March 17. Winners will be honored in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations in April.

Details: Alaina Conner of the Health Department Air Quality Program at 412-578-8106 or aconner@achd.net.

Avoid head lice by not sharing personal items

More than 12 million cases of head lice are reported in the United States every year, with the majority of reported cases in children ages 3 to 11.

A good way to avoid getting lice is to avoid sharing personal items such as hats, combs and brushes, hair accessories, towels, pillows and ear buds. If you must share an item, such as an athletic helmet, wipe it down with a wet cloth before use.

Fairy Tale Hair Care makes Rosemary Repel products, designed to combat children's head lice. The line includes shampoo, conditioner, leave-in spray, hair spray and styling gel. Ingredients such as rosemary and citronella act as natural repellents to lice, the manufacturer says.

Details: www.fairytaleshaircare.com.

Pedestrian, auto safety top Halloween concerns

Parents tend to worry about their little witches and ghouls getting tainted candy in their trick-or-treat bags. But that should be the least of their Halloween safety concerns, says Garry Gardner, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.

Pedestrian and auto safety top Gardner's list of Halloween hazards. "Young kids get excited and run from house to house, and drivers might not see them," especially if the children are wearing dark clothing, Gardner says. …

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