Sept. 12 is National Grandparents Day: Help Keep Them Safe

Get family involved! Enlisting their grandchildren can be a great way to help older adults receive important reminders about avoiding injuries. Kids can help check for household hazards and look to see that there are smoke alarms. Older kids and teens can help test alarms and help you with other safety checks and tasks. A few things to remember:

  • Check the home for tripping hazards. If there are small rugs, they can be taped down to avoid slipping.
  • Are all the exits clear of furniture and clutter? Would it be easy to get out of the home if the smoke alarm or CO detector goes off?
  • Are night lights needed  in bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways? Make sure there is enough light at the top of stairs.
  • Are stair handrails firm?
  • Does the bathroom need grab bars, a non-slip mat, a shower seat?
  • Are there smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on each level and outside the bedroom? Remember that smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years and CO alarms every seven years.
  • Test the smoke alarms (including hard-wired ones). Are they working, and just as importantly, can everyone in the home hear the alarms? Basic smoke alarms may be difficult to hear because of their high pitched sound. If your ‘grand’ can’t hear the alarm from the next room, consider a Strobe Alarm which uses an extra bright light, or a Shaker Alarm that uses a vibrating device to shake a bed to awaken someone who wouldn’t hear the alarm without hearing aids.
  • Try this tip from our 2020 Rogoff Scholarship winner: Add a reminder to family members’ calendars to regularly change each alarm’s battery.
  • When was the last time the furnace and chimney were checked or cleaned? You may need to call to schedule a service or cleaning.

Help Make Our Final Golf Tournament the Most Successful Ever

2021 Golf tournament

This year’s Jane & Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament on September 20 is the organization’s last. Prevention 1st is now working with Lifespan to carry out its work in the community.

At this year’s Tournament dinner we will honor several individuals and organizations who have been tremendous supporters of Prevention 1st:

Wayne and Judy Holly, supporters for many years

Buckingham Properties, long-time sponsors of the Golf Tournament

Lifespan, with which Prevention 1t is now working to fuilfill its mission

This year’s Prevention 1st Tournament donations will be made in honor of Stephen Rogoff and Harvey Bunis, who started this tournament to help their dear friend fulfill his dream.

Whether it’s for golf or dinner only, we hope you’ll join us for this very special day. For details and to register click here.

Thank you to our Golf Tournament Sponsors!

Thank You to Our 2021 Golf Tournament Sponsors!

We at Prevention 1st appreciate the tremendous support of our sponsors in making the Jane & Larry

Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament a success!

Tournament Sponsors

Buckingham Properties, LLC

Cook Properties

Sage Rutty & Co., Inc.

Flag Sponsors

Alladin’s of Schoen Place

Cathy & Jack Dinaburg

Abrams Fensterman       

Greater Rochester Health Foundation (GRHF)

LOGS Legal Group

Ralph Honda

Sage Rutty & Co., Inc.

Tee Sponsors

Appelbaum Family

Bell Cornerstone

Browncroft Family Restaurant

CCM Flooring

Cook Properties

Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle

Flaherty Salmin CPAs

Heritage Financial

Kevin Lillis & Friends

Rochester Area Community Foundation (RACF)

Rochester Fire Department

Daryl Sharp & Bob Cole 

WSM Elder Law, P.C. 

Walworth Animal Hospital

Register here for the September 20, 2021 Golf Tournament.

Bicycling Season: Check the Fit on Your Child’s Bike Helmet—and Your Own

More children ages 5-14 go to emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries than with any other sport, and many of these are head injuries. Whether or not your locale requires  a helmet, make sure your child wears one.  A properly fitted bike helmet can save lives.

Get your child a helmet that fits now, not one to ‘grow into.’ A helmet needs to fit well to provide protection. Here are ‘fit tips’ from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Get the right size helmet:

  1. Measure around your child’s head.
  2. Now try on several helmets in the correct size. Size can vary a bit between different manufacturers.
  3. The helmet should sit level on the head and low on the forehead—not tilting on the back of the head—one or two finger-widths above the eyebrow.

Once you’ve got the right size helmet, adjust it for the right fit:

  1. Adjust the side straps so they form a “V” shape under, and slightly in front of, the ears.
  2. Buckle the chin strap and tighten it. If the straps need to be longer or shorter, take the helmet off to pull the straps from the back of the helmet.
  3. The final step is…a big yawn! With the mouth wide open the helmet should pull down on the head. If it doesn’t, tighten it up.

Do the same for yourself! And be a good role model – wear a helmet for every ride.

Get more bicycle and vehicle safety tips here.

Shopping on Amazon? You can help Prevention 1st

While you shop in the Amazon app, you can help Prevention 1st at no extra cost to you. Just follow the instructions below to select “Prevention First Foundation Inc” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:

1. Open the Amazon app on your phone

2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features

3. Select “Prevention First Foundation Inc” as your charity

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Register now for our September 20 golf tourney

The 2021 tournament will be the most unique ever!

Our tournaments have raised over $250,000. With that money we have helped thousands of people better understand how dangerous unintentional injuries are and how to prevent them. We have provided training to educators, students, firefighters, professionals, parents, children and youth.

Stephen Rogoff and Harvey Bunis started this tournament to help their dear friend fulfill his dream. This year’s Prevention 1st Tournament donations will be made in their honor.

Larry and Jane Glazer

The Jane L. and Larry C. Glazer Charitable Trust and The Arlayne and Stephen Rogoff Educational Fund will also benefit from this year’s tournament. The Larry C. Glazer and Jane L. Glazer Charitable Trust trustees will determine which organizations will receive their funds. The Arlayne and Stephen Rogoff Educational Fund will help special needs educators and students.

This year’s tournament is the organization’s last. Prevention 1st is now working with Lifespan to carry out its mission and community work.  

Please help us make this year’s tournament the best yet. Thank you for all your support!

Download the flyer and registration form here.

A special thank you to our Tournament Sponsors.

Jack Dinaburg

President

A Year of Safety

With so much stress in our daily lives, it can seem overwhelming to add tasks for checking your home safety. The danger is that we may keep putting them off. But safety strategies don’t have to take a lot of time. In the months ahead we’ll be reminding you of simple but effective safety checks you can take to keep yourself and your family safe:

January

Be sure you’re using sanitizers and disinfectants correctly, to make them safe and effective. Learn how here.

February

Check those space heaters.

March

Plan your escape in case of fire.

April

Check for overloaded outlets and frayed cords to prevent electrical fires.

May

Review the safe pool rules with your family.

June

Check the fit on your child’s bike helmet—and your own.

July

Move that grill away from your house, and other outdoor fire safety moves.

August

Have your furnace checked before heating season begins.

September

For National Grandparents Day, do a safety and hazard check of your parents home. Better yet, have the grandchildren help do it!

October

Check your smoke (and CO) alarms.

November

Company’s coming—check your home for hazards to young children and older adults.

December

Make sure holiday lighting stays festive.

Use Disinfectants Correctly

Regular use of disinfectants has become routine in many homes. Most doctors and researchers say disinfectants are safe and effective when used correctly. This is a good time to double check how you’re using them.

Keep disinfectants on surfaces, not yourself.

Disinfecting products that use bleach or quaternary ammonium compounds (quats) are considered safe if used as directed. But be sure to use them in properly ventilated rooms to avoid inhaling them, which can cause irritation in some people, and wear gloves when applying. The EPA recommends using non-aerosol sprays or wipes.

Give them time to work.

Check the product label to know how long to leave the disinfectant on a surface before wiping. Typically they recommend leaving the surface visibly wet for 4-10 minutes

Check your hand sanitizer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends checking that your hand sanitizer has at least a 60% concentration of alcohol to be effective. Also check to make sure it hasn’t expired—evaporation can lower the effectiveness of sanitizers—and check this FDA list of sanitizers to avoid because of toxic additions or inadequate levels of alcohol.

Be extra careful with disinfectants around children

Young children can be effected by smaller amounts of disinfectant than adults. And children are also more likely to ingest them because they put their hands in their mouths. Wipe off bleach- and quat-based products after they’ve been on the surface for the necessary amount of time to disinfect (see above).

For more tips and instructions for how to make your own bleach solution, check here.

Yes, Light Up the Darkness—Just Do It Safely

In December, the darkest month, holiday lights and candles have always been hugely popular. This year, we’re even more inclined to light the darkness. As early as September, stores were already reporting strong sales of holiday lights and decorations. It’s only expected to increase, as we retreat into our homes during the coronavirus surge in the winter months.

Decorating our homes with light can bring great comfort. Just make sure to do it safely:

  • Consider flameless battery-operated candles, which are becoming very widely available, give a realistic glow, and can last longer than flaming candles.
  • If you use traditional candles, keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that might burn—that includes furniture, bedding, curtains and decorations. Put them out before everyone leaves the room.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Flickering lights, tripped circuit breakers, and blown fuses are warning signs. Don’t ignore them – unplug!

Find more simple steps to holiday candle and light safety here.

Golf Tournament Raises $43,000+ to Prevent Injuries

The 2020 Jane and Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament raised more than $43,000 to benefit Prevention 1st and help us prevent injuries all year long.

Ninety golfers turned out on a beautiful September day at Irondequoit Country Club. Congratulations to our winning golfers:

Overall men’s winners: Eric Koehler, Ryan Wegman, Zach Buschner, and Joel Chiarenza.

Overall mixed winners:  Sharon Stiller, Duwaine Bascoe, Maureen Bass, and Anthony Giordano.

Many thanks to our hard-working 2020 Golf Committee: Co-chairs Jessica Holly and Michael Chatwin; Harvey Bunis; Jack Dinaburg; Eric Koehler; Stewart Moscov; Sarabeth Rogoff; and Scott Rogoff.

Tournament Sponsors

Abrams Fensterman, LLP

Buckingham Properties, LLC

Ralph Honda

Sage Rutty & Co., Inc.

Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC          

Flag Sponsors

Barclay Damon, LLP

Brown & Brown of New York, Inc.

Buckingham Properties, LLC

Harvey Bunis

Community Health Strategies

Cooley Group, Inc.

Cathy & Jack Dinaburg

Rick Glazer and Family

Golisano Children’s Hospital

Sage Rutty & Co., Inc.

Sharon Stiller

Tee Sponsors

Bell Cornerstone

Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

Robert Cole & Daryl Sharp

Ernstrom & Dreste LLP

Flaherty Salmin CPAs

Graham Construction

Heritage Financial Services, LLC

Key Bank

Mengel Metzger Barr & Co.

Debbie & David Pelusio

Perlo’s Restaurant

Ralph Honda

Senator Joe Robach

Rochester Area Community Foundation, Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle

Rochester Fire Department, Fire Safety Division

Rochester Hardwood Floor

Bret & Heather Rogoff

Sage Rutty and Co., Inc.

Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC

Three Ladies and Kevin

Webster Schubel & Meier, LLP