March 21, 2017

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March 19 – 25 is Poison Prevention Week. Each year more than 2 million people, half under the age of six, swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance.

To prevent poisoning in your home:
• Store medicine, cleaning and laundry products, paints/varnishes and pesticides in their original packaging in locked cabinets or containers, out of sight and reach of children.
• Safety latches that automatically lock when you close a cabinet door can help keep children away from dangerous products. The safest place to store poisonous products is somewhere a child cannot see or reach.
• Purchase and keep all medicines in containers with safety caps and keep out of reach of children. Never refer to medicine as “candy” or another appealing name.
• Never place poisonous products in food or drink containers. Treatment: Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.
• Different types and methods of poisoning require different, immediate treatment:
• Swallowed poison – Take the item away from the child, and have the child spit out any remaining substance. Do not make your child vomit. Do not use syrup of ipecac.
• Swallowed battery – If your child has swallowed a button-cell battery, seek treatment in a hospital emergency department immediately.
• Skin poison -- Remove the child’s clothes and rinse the skin with lukewarm water for at least 15 minutes.
• Eye poison -- Flush the child’s eye by holding the eyelid open and pouring a steady stream of room temperature water into the inner corner for 15 minutes.
• Poisonous fumes – Take the child outside or into fresh air immediately. If the child has stopped breathing, start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and do not stop until the child breathes on his or her own, or until someone can take over.

Area Veterans Honored

Burney High School Senior Ashley Bennett’s (Center) Senior Project honoring Burney area Veterans drew Veterans from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom and raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, Saturday night. Those present who were honored were (l-r back row) Tyler Peckham, Walter “Cuz Lyons, Chuck Evans, Tim Teneyck, Bob Boyse, John Wheeler, Riley Spainhour: (Front Row l-r) Tommy George, Ted Miller, Norv Shannon, Dennis Lopez, George Mathews, Bob Sales and Ron Harshman. It included a dinner sponsored and put on by the Pit River Casino and River Rock Bar and Grill.

Students of the Month Honored

By Alex Colvin
Mountain Echo reporter
Tristan Nance and Ryan Pruitt were honored as March Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening March 17. Tristan Nance was named 8th grade student of the month and Ryan Pruitt was named 12th grade student of the month.

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion President Matt Quinlan presented each of the students with a check. Tristan Nance $50, and Ryan Pruitt $100.

Tristan Nance has a grade point average of 4.0. He attends the teen center and likes gym, football, gaming and spending time with his friends. Something he has not done yet but would like to do is go to a water park. After high school, he would like to graduate from college and then become a game programmer. Tristan’s family and cousins came to watch him receive his award. His stepfather said he was “very proud” of him for doing so well.

Senior Ryan Pruitt also has a 4.0 grade point average. Ryan is a member of Interact, Leos, the Dark Side Raiders, and Boy Scouts. He is a long distance runner who prides himself on his endurance. Ryan is an excellent public speaker and this year has won the club and district level Lions Student Speaker Contest. Later this month he will be competing at the regional level.

Ryan enjoys reading and writing. He is also good at “practical jokes.” He would like to try skydiving.

After graduating he plans to go to college and then get a job. Ryan’s mother, Stephanie Pruitt, attended to see Ryan honored and gave a few words of praise after the presentations.