You may not want to hear it, but Public Health Professionals are keeping us safe

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times We are in complicated and trying times to be sure. This month I would like to spend a few moments thanking another group of unsung heroes in our current crisis.  Public health professionals have gotten ignored or “thrown under the bus” at times during this pandemic. I thought it prudent to share all of things we take for granted today that...

How dental offices are working to keep you safe

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times It’s been a complicated year for everyone. In the dental world we have faced full business shutdowns, treating only emergency patients while scrambling for overpriced and undelivered PPE and taking care of our patients during a time of overall uncertainty. Dentists and dental employees alike were weighing the pros and cons of returning to work. ...

A common sense guide to prevention of COVID-19 — and a look at the likely impact

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Today I sent a communication to my patients, explaining what should be, for most, common sense.  I advised my patients that if they have a cough, a fever, respiratory symptoms or shortness of breath that they should reschedule their dental appointment. Why? All I needed to do was to take a look around, in my small waiting area were two elderly...

Weekend heat wave poses threat to elderly, kids & pets

With weekend temperatures in Chester County expected to soar to near 100 degrees, experts — and the state — are warning the high heat and humidity could be dangerous for some area residents. The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures in the mid to high 90s, today, Saturday and Sunday, before the heat breaks late Sunday. Saturday could approach 100 degrees with humidity. The NWS has...

Red Cross offers Halloween safety tips

Halloween is just days away, one of the most popular holidays in this country. Little witches, ghosts, pirates and super heroes will soon take to the streets for trick or treat fun, and the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region has tips to help everyone stay safe while enjoying the festivities. “Halloween is a fun time for everyone and we want to make sure you all stay safe while enjoying...

Have a happy — and Safe — Labor Day weekend

Although we may all be dodging raindrops — and potential thunderstorms  —throughout the weekend, this Labor Day weekend, it makes sense to pay attention to a few details to keep your long weekend happy and safe. Whether, like many of us, you plan to stay home and fire up the grill for one last summer weekend, or if you’re hitting the road for one last weekend at the shore, Red Cross offers...

Dinniman details continued fight against animal cruelty

Senator Dinniman and rescue poodle, Jagger, with Melissa Falvo, mother of the late Justin Hayes, for whom Justin’s Foundation for Kindness is named. WEST BRANDYWINE –  State Senator Andy Dinniman recently discussed his efforts to strengthen animal welfare laws and end puppy mills in Pennsylvania at the 3rd Annual Kindness Festival at West Brandywine Park. The festival, organized by Justin’s...

Officials warn on extreme heat expected this week

After a cooler than normal spring, summer is hitting Chester County this weekend with a vengeance — high heat and humidity that could pose a safety risk for seniors, children and pets, officials warn. Just as the Fourth of July holiday approaches and people head outdoors for summer fun, temperatures are forecast to soar.  The National Weather Service expects a heat wave to build this weekend for...

State Police, PennDOT start ‘Click it, or ticket’ push

With Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approaching, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and municipal departments across Pennsylvania today announced that they will partner to participate in the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement from May 14 through June 3, 2018. Pennsylvania law requires drivers and passengers...

Have a happy — and safe — Thanksgiving

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Whether you’re hitting the road to be home with family, or hosting the brood at your place, there’s a few simple tips from local and state experts to make your travel and holiday safer and happier. First, of course, I’ll throw in one of my own: don’t talk about politics. No, seriously. Don’t. I’d suggest other, less explosive topics such as “how about...