Yuma, Arizona - Last week YFD responded to a report of a poisoning involving a 1 year old who drank an unknown substance. According to National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, approximately 45 percent of unintentional injury deaths occurred in and around the home. Unintentional home injury deaths of children are caused primarily by fire and burns, suffocation, drowning, firearms, falls, choking and poisoning.

Yuma, Arizona - Think this election season is turbulent? Join political historian Ian McDougall October 12th and 13th at Yuma County Libraries as he explores the mudslinging and corrupt dealings that defined the presidential campaigns of the 1820s. Learn about the underhanded tactics used by both Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams as they vied for the U.S. Presidency, and how the election shaped modern politics.

Yuma, Arizona - When your child is close to age 5, or they have reached the maximum height or weight limit for their forward facing sea with a harness, your child is now ready for a booster seat. Keep your child in a booster seat until the child is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. It is also very important to make sure the child’s knees are bending at the edge of the seat, and the feet are touching the ground. If not, the child tends to slouch forward and the lap belt will not be in the correct position.

Rochester, Minnesota - There are many causes of bad breath, also called halitosis. Your mouth may be the source. The  breakdown of food particles and other debris by bacteria in and around your teeth can cause a foul odor.  If your mouth becomes dry, such as during sleep or after smoking, dead cells can accumulate and decompose on your tongue, gums and cheeks, causing odor. Eating foods containing oils with strong odor such as onions and garlic, can lead to bad breath. Foul-smelling breath also may be a symptom of illness, such as lung disease, diabetes or liver failure.

Washington, DC - Ambassador Michael G. Kozak will lead the U.S. delegation to the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to be held in Warsaw, Poland, September 19-30. This annual meeting will bring together civil society and government representatives of the OSCE’s 57 participating states for talks to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms.