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Health/Safety

November: American Diabetes Month

 

Kim Everett | November 20, 2014

 

November is American Diabetes Month and a good time to learn more about this widespread disease. Estimates predict that one-third of American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to stop the disease now.

 

Other frightening facts about diabetes include:

·         Nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. have the disease.

 

·         An additional 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

 

·         Individuals with the disease are almost twice as likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke.

 

·         Diabetes causes nearly 50 percent of kidney failure cases.

 

·         More than half of all amputations in adults occur in people with the disease.

 

·         More than 500,000 American adults have advanced diabetic retinopathy, which increases the risk for severe vision loss.

 

·         Approximately 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have some degree of nerve damage that could cause pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed and often remain undiagnosed until the condition worsens. Common symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling hungry - even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Slow healing of cuts/bruises
  • Weight loss
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in hands/feet (type 2)

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see their primary care physician right away.

About the disease:

Type 1 diabetes, previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or juvenile-onset diabetes, usually occurs in the mid-teens, but can happen at any age. It develops when the beta cells that produce the hormone insulin in the pancreas are destroyed. This destruction is initiated by the body's immune system and limits or eliminates the production and secretion of insulin, the hormone required to lower blood glucose levels. To survive, people who have this type of diabetes must have insulin by injection or a pump. Adults make up approximately 5 percent of type 1 diabetes cases. There is no known way to prevent this type of the disease.

Type 2 diabetes, previously called non–insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes, usually occurs at a later age than type 1 diabetes. In adults, this type accounts for about 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases. Type 2 diabetes usually begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which the cells primarily within the muscles, liver, and fat tissue do not use insulin properly. As the need for insulin rises, the beta cells in the pancreas lose the ability to produce sufficient quantities of the hormone. The role of insulin resistance as opposed to beta cell dysfunction differs -- with some individuals having primarily insulin resistance and only a minor defect in insulin secretion, and others with slight insulin resistance and primarily a lack of insulin secretion.

Factors that play a part in the risk for developing type 2 diabetes include: Older age; obesity; family history of diabetes; history of gestational diabetes; impaired glucose metabolism; physical inactivity; and race/ethnicity. African- Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians, some Asians, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk.

Gestational diabetes is usually diagnosed during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. During pregnancy, increasing blood glucose levels increase the risk for both mother and fetus and require treatment to reduce problems. Treatment may include diet, regular physical activity or insulin. After pregnancy, 5 percent to 10 percent of women who experienced gestational diabetes will continue to have high blood glucose levels. Risk factors are similar to those for type 2 diabetes.

Sources:  www.cdc.gov and www.diabetes.org.


Health department inspections:  November 10-14

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  November 18, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

ADVANCED HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS

505

CENTERVILLE

11/10/2014

89

ASAP AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM

565

OATES

11/14/2014

83

BALSAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT

421

JUPITER

11/13/2014

63

BURGER BURGER

6850

SHILOH

11/12/2014

90

CALDWELL ELEMENTARY

3400

SATURN

11/11/2014

90

CARL'S JR

550

I-30

11/13/2014

76

CARNICERIA Y TAQUERIA LA PRIMERA

119

KINGSLEY

11/12/2014

68

CENTERVILLE BEER & WINE

961

CENTERVILLE

11/10/2014

94

CHURCH'S CHICKEN

2520

WALNUT

11/12/2014

88

CISNEROS PRE-K

2826

FIFTH

11/13/2014

98

CORNER STOP

775

BUCKINGHAM

11/13/2014

97

 

 

 

 

71

COUNTRY CLUB ACTIVE LEARNING

1601

COUNTRY CLUB

11/11/2014

97

CRISTINA'S FINE MEXICAN RESTAURANT

4170

LAVON

11/13/2014

88

CURTIS CULWELL CENTER

4999

NAAMAN FOREST

11/11/2014

99

 

 

 

 

98

 

 

 

 

97

 

 

 

 

93

 

 

 

 

90

C'VILLE BEER & WINE

127

CENTERVILLE

11/12/2014

78

DAVIS ELEMENTARY

1621

MCCALLUM

11/10/2014

94

DENNY'S RESTAURANT

457

INTERST. 30

11/11/2014

80

DUNKIN ACADEMY

720

SHILOH

11/11/2014

72

EL POLLO REGIO

1440

WALNUT

11/12/2014

72

ERNESTO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

1202

NORTHWEST

11/12/2014

87

ETHRIDGE ELEMENTARY

2301

SAM HOUSTON

11/11/2014

94

FIESTA MART

2940

FIRST

11/12/2014

61

FOOD MART ONE

2430

WALNUT

11/11/2014

88

FRIENDSHIP HOUSE-1ST BAPTIST CHURCH

620

AVENUE B

11/12/2014

84

HOLIDAY INN

5110

GEORGE BUSH

11/13/2014

81

HOMEBOY'S SHELL

450

INTERST. 30

11/10/2014

87

I HEART YOGURT

305

CONEFLOWER

11/11/2014

95

IBEX WHOLESALE

2214

JUPITER

11/13/2014

84

IRON WOK EXPRESS

3235

GARLAND

11/13/2014

72

JFE PARTNERSHIP K557

6850

SHILOH

11/14/2014

90

KIMBERLIN ACADEMY

1320

CUMBERLAND

11/10/2014

97

KROGER FOOD STORE #557

6850

SHILOH

11/14/2014

89

 

 

 

 

85

 

 

 

 

80

 

 

 

 

77

LA MICHOACANA

2406

WALNUT

11/12/2014

78

 

 

 

 

73

MAY CHINA CAFE

525

OATES

11/12/2014

78

MEMORIAL PREP SCHOOL

2825

FIRST

11/13/2014

89

MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY

5200

BROADMOOR

11/13/2014

96

MRS. BAIRD'S BAKERY OUTLET

939

CENTERVILLE

11/11/2014

97

ONE STOP FOOD STORE

3805

WALNUT

11/14/2014

93

 

 

 

 

55

PANDA-JR CHINESE RESTAURANT

834

BELTLINE

11/14/2014

78

PAW PAW'S CAFE

823

MAIN

11/10/2014

81

PHO CA DAO NOODLE & GRILL

4545

WALNUT

11/12/2014

63

PHUONG NAM RESTAURANT

4413

WALNUT

11/10/2014

51

QUALITY BASED LEARNING CENTER, L.L.C.

1430

NORTHWEST

11/10/2014

81

QUOC HUONG RESTAURANT

3112

JUPITER

11/11/2014

54

RANCHO LA SANDIA

999

CENTERVILLE

11/11/2014

84

RAZZOO'S CAJUN CAFE

310

CONEFLOWER

11/11/2014

77

SELLERS MIDDLE SCHOOL

1009

MARS

11/13/2014

98

SONIC DRIVE- IN

3901

FOREST

11/10/2014

68

STOP N BUY & THRIFT FOOD MART

1608

FIFTH

11/14/2014

88

SUBWAY

109

FIRST

11/12/2014

92

 

450

INTERST. 30

11/10/2014

73

 

5255

GEORGE BUSH

11/12/2014

90

 

5970

BROADWAY

11/10/2014

79

TACO BELL

5322

GARLAND

11/12/2014

92

TACO BELL #27867

1050

NORTHWEST

11/12/2014

93

TAQUERIA MORELOS

2430

WALNUT

11/11/2014

73

THRIFT FOOD MART TAQUERIA

1608

FIFTH

11/14/2014

70

TOM THUMB #2561

925

NORTHWEST

11/11/2014

94

 

 

 

 

80

 

 

 

 

75

VIET TOFU

3555

WALNUT

11/13/2014

73

WATSON TECHNOLOGY MATH & SCIENCE

2601

DAIRY

11/14/2014

85

WENDY'S

5235

GARLAND

11/12/2014

89

WHATABURGER #762

2545

FIREWHEEL

11/13/2014

88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NFPA offers Thanksgiving safety tips

 

Posted November 14, 2014

 

Thanksgiving is approaching quickly so the National Fire Prevention Association has offered the following safety tips for inside cooking as well as turkey frying:

 

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.

  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.

  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from hot beverages or food being cooked could cause serious burns.

  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.

  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

  • Be sure electric cords from any appliance are not dangling off counter within reach of a child.

  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.

  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

 

NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.

 

These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property.

 

Those who prefer fried turkey should seek out establishments such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants for the preparation of the dish or consider a new type of "oil-less" turkey fryer."

 

  • Hot oil may splash or spill at any point during the cooking process, when the fryer is jarred or tipped over, the turkey is placed in the fryer or removed, or the turkey is moved from the fryer to the table. Any contact between hot oil and skin could result in serious injury. Any contact between hot oil and nonmetallic materials could lead to serious damage.

  • A major spill of hot oil can occur with fryers designed for outdoor use and using a stand as these units are particularly vulnerable to upset or collapse, followed by a major spill of hot oil. Newer countertop units using a solid base appear to reduce this particular risk. NFPA does not believe that consumer education alone can make the risks of either type of fryer acceptably low because of large quantities of hot oil involved and speed and severity of burn likely to occur with contact.

  • In deep frying, oil is heated to temperatures of 350 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Cooking oil is combustible, and if it is heated beyond its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite. This is a fire danger separate from the burn danger inherent in the hot oil. Overheating can occur if temperature controls, which are designed to shut off the fryer if the oil overheats, are defective, or if the appliance has no temperature controls.

  • Propane-fired turkey fryers are designed for outdoor use, particularly for Thanksgiving, by which time both rain and snow are common in many areas. If rain or snow strikes exposed hot cooking oil, the result can be a splattering of the hot oil or a conversion of the rain or snow to steam, and both can lead to burns. The frozen turkey may splatter hot oil, which could cause a serious injury.

  • The approximately 5 gallons of oil in fryers create an additional level of hazard to deep fryer cooking as does the size and weight of turkey, which must be safely lowered into and raised out of the hot oil. Many turkeys are purchased frozen and may not be fully thawed when cooking begins. As with a rainy day, a defrosting turkey creates risk of contact between hot cooking oil.

  • There is a new outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not use oil. NFPA believes these should be considered as an alternative. NFPA understands that this appliance will be listed by a recognized testing laboratory.


Health department inspections:  November 3-7

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  November 11, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

7-ELEVEN #35391

5401

GEORGE BUSH

11/6/2014

87

7-ELEVEN CONVENIENCE STORE #35761

1426

BELTLINE

11/7/2014

94

BEAVER ELEMENTARY

3232

MARCH

11/7/2014

91

BOBA HEAVEN

3112

JUPITER

11/3/2014

81

BURGERLAND

3035

SHILOH

11/5/2014

85

CABRINY'S PIZZA BUFFET

3460

WALNUT

11/6/2014

58

CHICK-FIL-A

5425

GEORGE BUSH

11/6/2014

86

CHINA CAFE

906

INTERSTATE 30

11/4/2014

81

CHUCK E. CHEESE

4992

GEORGE BUSH

11/6/2014

83

DE NHAT KHO BO

3212

JUPITER

11/7/2014

95

EL SABROSO TAQUERIA

3701

WALNUT

11/4/2014

77

FIRST BAPTIST CHILD DEV CENT

801

AVENUE D

11/7/2014

91

FRUTILANDIA/WATER INC.

1402

NORTHWEST

11/4/2014

79

GAURI BHIMANI DELI

1935

JUPITER

11/4/2014

80

GENERATOR COFFEE HOUSE, BAKERY

107

SIXTH

11/7/2014

87

GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC SCHOOL

214

GARLAND

11/3/2014

94

HYATT PLACE - GARLAND

5101

GEORGE BUSH

11/4/2014

82

JACKSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

1310

BOBBIE

11/3/2014

97

JUDY'S CAFE

3443

CAMPBELL

11/6/2014

75

KFC

5836

BROADWAY

11/4/2014

79

LA FITNESS JUICE BAR

1201

CENTERVILLE

11/3/2014

88

LA XANH

3575

WALNUT

11/5/2014

51

LAKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL

3505

HAYMAN

11/3/2014

90

MARLEN TAQUERIA Y PUPUSERIA

1901

JUPITER

11/3/2014

68

MAU PHUOC DUONG

3212

JUPITER

11/7/2014

86

MCDONALD'S

5302

GARLAND

11/6/2014

72

MINUTE MART

3626

SATURN

11/4/2014

88

NORTH GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL

2109

BUCKINGHAM

11/4/2014

90

 

 

 

 

74

ON THE BORDER MEX. GRILL/CANT.

4970

GEORGE BUSH

11/6/2014

78

SBT LAO THAI FOOD TO GO

2020

BUCKINGHAM

11/4/2014

75

SILVER CREEK ASSISTED LIVING

1246

COLONEL

11/7/2014

79

SPEEDEE WAY

1931

JUPITER

11/7/2014

91

STARBUCKS #6379

2645

ARAPAHO

11/3/2014

94

STOP IN FOOD STORE

1702

FOREST

11/6/2014

90

TACO BUENO #3059

5724

BROADWAY

11/6/2014

71

WHATABURGER

4500

BASS PRO

11/3/2014

75

WINGSTOP

2334

BUCKINGHAM

11/3/2014

76

 


Bicycle safety on roads, trails

George Arroyo | November 8, 2014

Not only do cyclists have to be concerned for their safety when they are sharing the road with others, they also have to be concerned when they ride bike trails too. Here are several important suggestions for those who ride and others who have to share the road with cyclists.

 

·         BE OBSERVANT:  Certain bike trails can become sidewalks which are distinctly marked by a yellow stripe in some locations. These bike lanes can pass driveways and other areas of vehicle access. So, drivers backing out should be aware that due to windshield glare or blind spots, the cyclists may not be seen. In similar circumstances, cyclists should be able to yield if necessary by maintaining a safe speed through such neighborhood areas.

 

·         OBEY LAWS:  Cars and cyclists have to obey the same laws; especially STOP signs and RED lights! A rider in Houston approached a traffic light of a busy intersection and the light was red. The rider ignored it and went through the red light. A nearby police officer witnessed the event and drove up to him. He told him, “Just because you ride a bicycle does not mean that you have a right to run a red light.” Be mindful that the price for violating such simple laws can be very costly if a citation is issued.

 

·         BE CONSIDERATE:  If walking with or without your dog or jogging on a trail, be considerate and mindful of sharing with others, especially cyclists, and it could prevent a serious incident. Many cyclists can be averaging between 10-20 miles per hour which is fast enough to cause serious physical injuries.  If listening to music, maintain an appropriate level of volume to adequately hear an approaching walker or rider.  Loud music can be a major distraction from hearing those who are coming from behind.

 

·         BE CAUTIOUS:  Texas is becoming more bike friendly especially within urban areas. There are bike trails for riders to enjoy the surrounding nature while staying in shape. Part of experiencing the beauty of God’s creation, is also being cautious of man-made obstacles along the bike trails. For example, some low limbs, curbs, wildlife, and sharp curves will force a slowdown in order to avoid or navigate them safely. Falling hard off a bicycle onto the concrete or asphalt will be very painful and can cause serious physical injuries.

 

·         BE SAFE:  Finally, a co-worker reminded me that he wished more cyclists would wear helmets, brighter colors for clothing, and several specially located reflectors. Blinking red lights for the back and front head lights that constantly flash are necessary equipment for riding at dusk or night. Regarding the importance of wearing helmets, several years ago a mayor of a large city had a head-related injury because she was not wearing a helmet. Her conclusion now to all riders—wear a helmet!  Wearing bright colors like a yellow fluorescent bicycle jersey also serves as a safety measure because it is easily noticed by others.

 

·         ENJOY THE PRIVILEGE:  Keep on cycling and Happy Thanksgiving! 


Health department inspections:  October 27-31

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  November 4, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

BENNY'S MART

5249

BROADWAY

10/29/2014

54

BIG SPRINGS ELEMENTARY

3301

CAMPBELL

10/28/2014

94

BURGER ISLAND

1250

NORTHWEST

10/29/2014

79

BURGER STREET

2935

GARLAND

10/27/2014

88

CHARLEY'S PHILLY STEAKS

635

TOWN SQUARE

10/27/2014

94

DAIRY WAY #3

1810

KINGSLEY

10/27/2014

91

 

 

 

 

87

DOLLAR TREE #5210

1202

CENTERVILLE

10/31/2014

89

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS

4430

LAVON

10/28/2014

99

EGG ROLL CITY

1721

BELTLINE

10/28/2014

93

EL RIO GRANDE #4

901

MILLER

10/28/2014

67

 

 

 

 

66

EL RIO GRANDE SUPERMARKET

3460

WALNUT

10/29/2014

80

 

 

 

 

70

FIREWHEEL COFFEE

3003

GEORGE BUSH TPK.

10/28/2014

93

FRANK'S FOOD MART

535

PLANO

10/31/2014

87

GLORIA'S INDIAN KITCHEN

1546

ROWLETT

10/29/2014

85

 

 

 

 

67

HAPPY DAYS SCHOOL

1201

MAIN

10/27/2014

89

HIGH PETROLENIM IN GATEWAY 13

2002

STATE HWY. 66

10/27/2014

94

HIGH PETROLENIM IN GTWY. 13 - DELI

2002

STATE HWY. 66

10/27/2014

84

J DONUTS

5501

BROADWAY

10/29/2014

87

LAREDO CHIEF

2621

INDUSTRIAL

10/27/2014

73

LISTER ELEMENTARY

3131

MARS

10/27/2014

98

MARSHALL'S BBQ

510

WALNUT CIRCLE

10/31/2014

88

MEKONG MARKET

1609

BUCKINGHAM

10/27/2014

83

MI SARAPE

1560

FIRST

10/27/2014

77

MI TIENDITA DM

307

CENTERVILLE

10/31/2014

95

NAAMAN FOREST HIGH SCHOOL

4346

NAAMAN SCHOOL

10/29/2014

95

NATURALLY FIT

1918

FIRST

10/27/2014

89

PEI WEI ASIAN DINER

4170

LAVON

10/29/2014

67

PEPPERS TACO INC.

1818

NORTHWEST

10/27/2014

79

SHAN NAMKEEN INC.

2731

NATIONAL

10/29/2014

86

SHUGART ELEMENTARY

4726

ROSEHILL

10/27/2014

95

SMOOTHIE KING #995

5129

GARLAND

10/29/2014

96

SONIC

625

TOWN SQUARE

10/27/2014

82

SOUTH GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL

600

COLONEL

10/28/2014

98

 

 

 

 

93

TACO CASA

6118

BROADWAY

10/27/2014

82

THE ATRIUM @ PATTY GRANVILLE

300

FIFTH

10/27/2014

94

WHATABURGER #400

1506

BUCKINGHAM

10/27/2014

82

YOGURTLAND

4170

LAVON

10/29/2014

82

 


GFD heating equipment safety tips

 

Posted October 29, 2014

 

As the temperature outside drops, Garland families take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. What they may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires.

 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months. On average, NFPA research shows that heating equipment is involved in more than 62,550 reported U.S. home structure fires per year, with associated loss of more than 516 civilian deaths, more than 1,595 civilian injuries and roughly $924 million in direct property damage per year.

 

“While these numbers are frightening, nearly all of these fires are preventable,” said Kristi Shepherd, Public Educator. “We can reduce the number of home heating fires in our community be taking some simple precautions and using heating equipment properly.”

 

NFPA and Garland recommend some simple home heating safety tips, so residents can help keep our community safe and warm this winter.

 

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Be sure your home has both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms, also known as dual sensor smoke alarms.
  • Practice your home fire escape drill.
  • Have your chimney inspected each year by a qualified professional and cleaned if necessary.
  • Use a sturdy fireplace screen.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.
  • Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.
  • Inspect for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using.
  • Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Never use an oven to heat your home.

For fuel assistance, contact the National Energy Assistance Referral Line at 866-674-6327 or visit www.energynear.org.


Firefighters give lifesaving Halloween tips

 

Posted October 29, 2014

 

By making small adjustments to Halloween costume and decoration choices, danger and risk to public safety is easily decreased.

 

“It is important for people to take basic precautions to make sure they have nothing other than a fun-filled Halloween,” David Riggs of IAFF Local 1293 said.

 

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the United States sees an overall increase in fires on Halloween caused by open flames, and the arson fire rate is 10 percent higher than on any other day with 15,500 fires and $92 million in property loss per year.

To ensure a safe and happy Halloween, IAFF Local 1293 offers the following tips:

 

·      Cross streets at the intersection and look both ways before crossing.

·      Use battery operated lights, not candles, to decorate walkways. Always keep candles, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach. This will make it much safer for trick-or-treaters and decrease the chance of an open flame fire.

·      Keep children, costumes and decorations away from open flames and heat sources. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.

·      Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Make sure they are certified by a recognized organization like the Underwriters’ Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratory of Canada (ULC). Do not overload extension cords. Indoor and outdoor decorative lights can be fire hazards.

·      Choose costumes that are flame resistant, comfortable, and easy to walk in and see.

·      Pick bright costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.

 

Call 9-1-1 for the help of your local firefighters in the case of a fire or emergency.

 

Garland Fire Fighters Association Local 1293 wishes you a happy and safe Halloween.


Health department inspections:  October 20-24

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  October 27, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

1 STAR BEVERAGE

510

PLANO

10/20/2014

92

5TH STREET MARKET

331

FIFTH

10/24/2014

98

7 CAFE

4609

WALNUT

10/21/2014

60

7-ELEVEN CONVENIENCE STORE #36386H

3310

LAVON

10/22/2014

98

7-ELEVEN CONVENIENCE STORE #39444J

501

I-30

10/24/2014

76

7-ELEVEN STORE #35393

2510

BELTLINE

10/21/2014

80

A & M FOOD STORE

314

BARNES

10/20/2014

90

ABBETT ELEMENTARY

730

MUIRFIELD

10/23/2014

98

BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS #2222

190

CEDAR SAGE

10/22/2014

98

BIRRIERIA AGUINAGA

105

MAIN S

10/22/2014

61

BRAUM'S ICE CREAM #62

2802

LAVON

10/23/2014

88

BUCKINGHAM BEER & WINE

1529

BUCKINGHAM

10/21/2014

92

CANDY WORLD

460

CEDAR SAGE

10/20/2014

96

CLUB HILL ELEMENTARY

1330

COLONEL

10/21/2014

97

CORNER FOOD MART

2431

WALNUT

10/20/2014

90

FURR'S FRESH BUFFET

1540

EASTGATE

10/20/2014

81

FUZZY'S TACO SHOP

5125

GEORGE BUSH

10/22/2014

75

G & G FOOD MART

1432

BUCKINGHAM

10/21/2014

81

HANDLEY ELEMENTARY

3725

BROADWAY

10/22/2014

95

HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY- GARLAND

2302

FIREWHEEL

10/22/2014

95

HEATHER GLEN ELEMENTARY

5119

HEATHER GLEN

10/20/2014

90

HIEP THAI FOOD STORE

3347

WALNUT

10/22/2014

66

HOLLY HILL DAY SCHOOL

2418

COLLEGE

10/21/2014

89

IBOBA

3212

JUPITER

10/20/2014

83

IL TEXAS CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL

4413

SHILOH

10/21/2014

90

INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP OF TEXAS

3301

SHILOH

10/21/2014

88

LEE'S SANDWICHES

3212

JUPITER

10/20/2014

83

LUNA ELEMENTARY

1050

LOCHNESS

10/20/2014

98

LYLES MIDDLE SCHOOL

4655

COUNTRY CLUB

10/21/2014

98

M.T.A. SHAVED ICE

617

JUPITER

10/21/2014

82

MFE

3347

WALNUT

10/22/2014

75

MILLER MART

1506

MILLER

10/22/2014

67

MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL

5949

BROADWAY

10/22/2014

94

PARKCREST ELEMENTARY

2232

PARKCREST

10/20/2014

89

PEARL C ANDERSON CHILDCARE GROUP

625

AVENUE B

10/22/2014

90

QUIKTRIP #938

131

LAVON

10/21/2014

88

RED CRAB

3420

BROADWAY

10/22/2014

61

ROACH ELEMENTARY

1811

MAYFIELD

10/21/2014

99

SAM HOUSTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

2232

SUSSEX

10/22/2014

95

SHOWPLACE CAFE

1950

MARKETPLACE

10/21/2014

87

SOUTHGATE ELEMENTARY

1115

MAYFIELD

10/21/2014

99

STAR FULL SERVICE CAR WASH

1355

BELTLINE

10/20/2014

92

STERLING EARLY LEARNING CENTER

2885

BELTLINE

10/22/2014

79

SUBWAY

3243

FOREST

10/20/2014

89

TACO BELL #1636

5709

BROADWAY

10/20/2014

69

TANGO BAKERY & CAFE

4436

WALNUT

10/20/2014

72

TAQUERIA TOCUMBO

2431

WALNUT

10/20/2014

72

THE CORNER

2434

BELTLINE

10/21/2014

94

TOLER ELEMENTARY

3520

GUTHRIE

10/20/2014

94

TOYS R US/BABIES R US

320

WINECUP

10/20/2014

97

WEAVER ELEMENTARY

805

PLEASANT VALLEY

10/24/2014

97

WILLIAMS ELEMENTARY

1821

OLD GATE

10/20/2014

99

YOBERRY SHOP

5509

BROADWAY

10/20/2014

93

 


Health department inspections:  October 13-17

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  October 20, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET
NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

7-ELEVEN CONVENIENCE STORE #35398A

2509

FIREWHEEL

10/13/2014

91

ANNA'S COCINA

5150

DUCK CREEK

10/15/2014

83

BOMBAY SWEET & FAST FOOD

4550

BUCKINGHAM

10/16/2014

64

BON TON DONUTS

1225

BELTLINE

10/13/2014

96

BULLOCK ELEMENTARY

3909

EDGEWOOD

10/13/2014

89

CENTERVILLE ELEMENTARY

600

KINGSLEY

10/17/2014

96

CHICKEN EXPRESS

2002

EASTGATE

10/13/2014

72

DUNKIN DONUTS

803

CENTERVILLE

10/16/2014

91

EZ AFRICAN FOOD STORE

1311

MARKETPLACE

10/13/2014

85

FIREHOUSE SUBS

3003

GEORGE BUSH

10/13/2014

89

FLYING FISH

4430

LAVON

10/13/2014

85

GARLAND SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER

600

AVENUE A

10/16/2014

98

JACK IN THE BOX

4015

BOBTOWN

10/13/2014

78

JIMMY'S BIG BURGER

1524

NORTHWEST

10/13/2014

83

KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN

1430

BUCKINGHAM

10/13/2014

86

LOVELY MART

3249

FOREST

10/13/2014

74

 

 

 

 

36

NEW YORK PIZZA & KABOB

1117

JUPITER

10/16/2014

82

NORTHLAKE ELEMENTARY

1626

BOSQUE

10/16/2014

94

O'HENRY ELEMENTARY

4100

TYNES

10/16/2014

85

PARSONS PRE-K

2202

RICHOAK

10/17/2014

99

PHO BANG RESTAURANT

3565

WALNUT

10/16/2014

54

PIC-N-GO #1

3443

CAMPBELL

10/16/2014

93

RAINBOW DONUTS

1401

NORTHWEST

10/16/2014

97

RESTAURANTE DE DOÑA MARY

2918

JUPITER

10/17/2014

82

SHOREHAVEN ELEMENTARY

600

SHOREHAVEN

10/17/2014

99

STAR FOOD MART

4201

WALNUT

10/17/2014

81

SUNNY'S MART I

1502

I-30

10/16/2014

94

 

 

 

 

71

THE PICKLE SHACK GOURMET PICKLES

908

I-30

10/16/2014

91

TIENDA HONDURAS MAYA

2602

WALNUT

10/13/2014

91

TIENDA HONDURAS MAYA- TAQUERIA

2602

WALNUT

10/13/2014

72

UNCLE WING

107

FIRST

10/16/2014

84

WALNUT GLEN ELEMENTARY

3101

EDGEWOOD

10/13/2014

93

 


City of Garland: Public health announcement

 

Posted October 17, 2014

 

Three cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Dallas County since Sept. 28. At least five contacts in Garland are being monitored by Dallas County Health and Human Services. These contacts were on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 with the second nurse that tested positive for the virus.

 

One of the contacts in Garland is not under an official quarantine, but has been asked by Dallas County Health to stay home for 21 days and is being monitored twice a day by phone and being told not to travel. The four additional Garland contacts are considered extremely low risk. They are self-monitoring twice a day by phone and have no other restrictions.

 

Representatives from Dallas County, the city of Garland, Garland ISD and other involved agencies are working together to monitor the situation, educate and protect the safety of our health care workers, first responders, students and residents.

 

The city of Garland has activated its Emergency Operations Center in order to closely monitor these developments. The Garland Health Department will provide updates as they become available.  Visit www.Garlandtx.gov for updates and additional information link.  Garland ISD is providing school-related details at www.garlandisd.net.

 

It is important to note that Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of a person who is exhibiting symptoms of the disease. The best protection from the Ebola virus is to practice careful hygiene. For example, wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid contact with blood and bodily fluids.

 

Links to more information about Ebola are available at www.Garlandtx.gov. Click on the "Ebola Information" button.


October: Breast cancer awareness month

 

Kim Everett | October 17, 2014

 

October is breast cancer awareness month and a great time to share valuable information on how to lower risk factors and recognize symptoms.

 

Although mammography screening does not help physicians find all breast cancers, its use is the best way to find the disease in its early stages. Breast cancer is the second-deadliest cancer among women in the United States and early detection greatly increases the survival rate.

 

One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and it is estimated that in 2014, 232,670 women and 2,360 men will be diagnosed with the disease. It is expected to kill 40,430 women and 430 men.

 

The two most common risk factors, being a woman and getting older, are inescapable. Women whose grandmother, mother or sister has had breast cancer are at greater risk as well as overweight and/or physically inactive women.

 

Symptoms and Signs 

Women who experience any of the following symptoms should consult a physician right away:

  • A lump in the breast

  • Breast tenderness

  • Change in breast size or shap

  • Redness, scaliness or thickening of nipple or breast

  • Dimpled skin near the breast

  • A lump under the arm

  • Nipple retraction

  • Nipple discharge

  • Irritation on the breast, nipple or skin near the nipple

  • Swelling of the breast

To decrease risk and improve early detection possibilities, follow these screening guidelines and lifestyle habits:

  • Begin monthly breast self-exams in your 20s. Report any changes in breasts to physician immediately.

  • In your 20s and 30s have a clinical breast exam every three years.

  • In your 30s discuss breast cancer risk level with a physician to determine appropriate screening options.

  • If you are 40+, consider having annual mammograms, annual clinical breast exams and if recommended by a physician, an annual MRI screening.

  • If you are 50+ consider a mammogram and a clinical breast exam at least every two years after discussion with physician, and if recommended, an annual MRI screening.

  • Women with a sister, mother or grandmother who had breast cancer before age 50 should begin receiving mammograms 10 years before reaching that relative’s age at diagnosis.

  • Exercise regularly, limit alcohol intake and maintain a healthy body weight.

Information and statistics are from www.cdc.gov, www.cancer.org and www.cancer.gov.


Health department inspections:  October 6-10

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  October 14, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

7-ELEVEN #34126A

3425

FOREST

10/10/2014

72

7-ELEVEN #36371

7235

GEORGE BUSH

10/7/2014

77

BOBA CAFE

3347

WALNUT

10/8/2014

89

BRADFIELD ELEMENTARY

3817

BUCKNELL

10/10/2014

90

CORNER STOP #2

3005

APOLLO

10/9/2014

93

CRAZY CATFISH

1410

BUCKINGHAM

10/6/2014

83

CVS PHARMACY #4777

3034

FIRST

10/6/2014

95

DOLLAR GENERAL STORE #1220

5112

JUPITER

10/6/2014

86

DOLLAR GENERAL STORE #3277

6551

DUCK CREEK

10/6/2014

94

FAMILY DOLLAR STORE #1408

885

MILLER

10/6/2014

96

FAMILY DOLLAR STORE #5500

1501

FIRST

10/6/2014

88

FAMILY DOLLAR STORE #5667

1130

COUNTRY CLUB

10/6/2014

93

FAMILY DOLLAR STORE 2853

149

KINGSLEY

10/8/2014

94

FAST IN & OUT

1901

GARLAND

10/9/2014

91

FATHER & SON TOBACCO STORE

3225

FOREST

10/7/2014

72

FUNDRAISING SPECIALISTS OF TEXAS

2645

FOREST

10/6/2014

93

HEAVEN KITCHEN

2376

LAVON

10/6/2014

85

HICKMAN ELEMENTARY

3114

PINEWOOD

10/8/2014

94

HILLARY'S SWEET TEMPTATIONS

2677

FOREST

10/6/2014

98

HILLARY'S SWEET TEMPTATIONS WHSE.

2657

FOREST

10/6/2014

97

HOLLY SEAFOOD INC.

3513

MILLER

10/6/2014

97

HOMEBOYS

2510

FIREWHEEL

10/6/2014

95

 

 

 

 

69

I LOVE DONUTS

2907

BELTLINE

10/10/2014

90

KEEFE SUPPLY COMPANY

3101

MARQUIS

10/6/2014

98

LAVON BEER & WINE FOOD STORE

2376

LAVON

10/6/2014

90

MAC SOURCE

1035

NICHOLSON

10/6/2014

99

MONTERREY TAQUERIAS

901

BELTLINE

10/8/2014

69

NESTLE TOLLHOUSE CAFE

605

TOWN SQUARE

10/9/2014

81

NEW TRUONG NGUYEN INC.

3727

MARQUIS

10/9/2014

96

NEW TRUONG NGUYEN SUPERMARKET

3555

WALNUT

10/8/2014

83

PURE-N-CLEAR DRINKING WATER

4417

WALNUT

10/6/2014

94

RAINBOW DONUTS

2441

WALNUT

10/6/2014

90

SMARTWAY EXXON

2020

STATE HWY 66

10/8/2014

98

 

 

 

 

87

SPRING CREEK ELEMENTARY

1510

SPRING CREEK

10/8/2014

98

STREETZ STOP CONVENIENCE STORE

430

CEDAR SAGE

10/9/2014

88

SUBWAY

1449

BUCKINGHAM

10/6/2014

87

 

3046

LAVON

10/9/2014

86

TACO BUENO

850

BUCKINGHAM

10/8/2014

82

TEXACO FOOD MART

3501

FOREST

10/8/2014

74

UPTOWN POPCORN, LLC

520

TOWN CENTER

10/8/2014

92

WALGREENS #4267

1902

JUPITER

10/7/2014

99

WALGREENS #4662

3045

BROADWAY

10/6/2014

98

WALNUT BEVERAGE

2215

WALNUT

10/7/2014

92

WEBB MIDDLE SCHOOL

1610

SPRING CREEK

10/8/2014

97

 


Health department inspections:  September 29 - October 3

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  October 7, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

99 CENTS ONLY STORES #2821

950

CENTERVILLE

10/2/2014

90

99 CENTS ONLY STORES #2822

1445

BUCKINGHAM

9/30/2014

83

A TASTE OF ITALY

2210

BUCKINGHAM

9/29/2014

82

AMERICAN CHINESE HERBS

520

JUPITER

9/30/2014

96

ANGELA'S SNACK BAR

873

MILLER

9/29/2014

88

ANTOJITOS HONDURENOS

1718

FIRST

9/29/2014

80

AQUA FRESH WATER STORE

3565

WALNUT

10/2/2014

90

BA LE CHANH GOC GARLAND

3526

WALNUT

9/30/2014

75

BABE'S CHICKEN DINNER HOUSE

1456

BELTLINE

9/30/2014

84

BIG LOTS #1949

3178

LAVON

9/29/2014

95

BROADWAY TEXACO-DELI

3036

BROADWAY

9/29/2014

86

BURGER KING #5020

106

FIRST

9/29/2014

87

CALAVO GROWERS INC.

2600

MCCREE

10/3/2014

99

CVS PHARMACY #6847

2510

WALNUT

9/30/2014

97

CVS PHARMACY #7481

1372

BELTLINE

9/30/2014

91

CVS PHARMACY #7718

1902

PLEASANT VALLEY

10/2/2014

98

CVS PHARMACY #7824

5702

LAVON

9/29/2014

98

DANG XUA CAFE

4460

WALNUT

9/29/2014

73

DOLLAR GENERAL STORE #10329

1303

MILLER

10/2/2014

92

DOLLAR GENERAL STORE #10910

3338

BROADWAY

9/30/2014

91

DOLLAR GENERAL STORE #10974

1290

PLEASANT VALLEY

9/30/2014

91

DOLLAR GENERAL STORE #1896

1464

BUCKINGHAM

9/30/2014

89

DOLLAR GENERAL STORE #3369

839

CENTERVILLE

9/30/2014

96

FAMILY DOLLAR STORE #1569

3465

WALNUT

9/30/2014

93

FAMILY DOLLAR STORE #5994

2425

WALNUT

9/30/2014

95

FAMILY DOLLAR STORE #6424

1446

BELTLINE

10/3/2014

93

GRANDY'S

2155

NORTHWEST

10/3/2014

85

HOUR KITCHEN

209

MAIN

9/29/2014

77

HU TIEU MI VIETNAMESE

4425

WALNUT

9/29/2014

54

JUARITOS RESTAURANT

3460

WALNUT

9/29/2014

63

LA MEDIA LUNA

3460

WALNUT

9/29/2014

74

LESLIE'S PUPUSERIA AND RESTAURANT

3460

WALNUT

9/29/2014

67

MESHACK BAR-B-Q

240

AVENUE B

9/30/2014

82

OCEAN BUFFET

1328

CENTERVILLE

9/29/2014

65

ONE STOP TAQUERIA

3620

WALNUT

10/2/2014

53

PARKS PLACE

2121

NORTHWEST

9/29/2014

80

PREET DOLLAR & MORE

3548

WALNUT

10/2/2014

98

SALI'S PIZZA & PASTA

1238

BELTLINE

9/29/2014

78

TASTY CHINA RESTAURANT

3512

WALNUT ST.

9/30/2014

51

UNITED CATERERS #2029

502

IDLEWILD

9/29/2014

77

WALGREENS #07586

5950

BROADWAY

9/30/2014

95

WALGREENS #4340

2614

LAVON

9/29/2014

96

WATER INN

4750

JUPITER

10/2/2014

94

WATER PROVISIONS TO GO

842

BELTLINE

10/3/2014

92

WORLD MARKET

550

TOWN CENTER

9/30/2014

99

 


Health department inspections:  September 22-26

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  September 29, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

7-ELEVEN #30424

1717

NORTHWEST

9/24/2014

89

AK CONOCO

3321

GARLAND

9/24/2014

93

AMC THEATRE FIREWHEEL 18

100

CONEFLOWER

9/24/2014

78

BAR LOUIE RESTAURANT

340

CONEFLOWER

9/25/2014

73

BAYLOR MEDICAL CENTER AT GARLAND

2300

MARIE CURIE

9/26/2014

98

CAFE LAS BRISAS

1002

MARION

9/26/2014

71

CHAMBREL AT CLUB HILL

1245

COLONEL

9/25/2014

83

CHILI'S GRILL & BAR

1775

NORTHWEST

9/24/2014

89

CHILL ZONE BEER & WINE #2

3115

FIRST

9/25/2014

97

CHUCK E. CHEESE

1340

CENTERVILLE

9/24/2014

96

COPPER KETTLE

1456

BELTLINE

9/25/2014

90

COTTON'S PRODUCE

4200

BROADWAY

9/26/2014

92

CUQUITA'S RESTAURANT

1957

NORTHWEST

9/25/2014

76

DICKEY'S BARBECUE PIT

1413

BUCKINGHAM

9/25/2014

77

DOAN RESTAURANT

3530

WALNUT

9/25/2014

66

DOMINO'S PIZZA #6987

1529

BUCKINGHAM

9/23/2014

85

DONG HAI CHINESE RESTAURANT

3575

WALNUT

9/24/2014

77

DOS BANDERAS TEX-MEX CUISINE

614

MAIN

9/26/2014

92

E & S GROCERY & BAKERY

420

PLANO

9/24/2014

77

EL LANGOSTINO AZUL

718

CENTERVILLE

9/26/2014

87

EL POLLO REGIO

1440

WALNUT

9/24/2014

78

EL RANCHERO RESTAURANT

2515

FOREST

9/25/2014

66

GARDEN RESTAURANT

3555

WALNUT

9/23/2014

71

GOLDEN CHICK

3330

BROADWAY

9/23/2014

71

HANA JAPANESE HIBACHI & SUSHI

1201

BELTLINE

9/25/2014

73

IHOP #3014

5175

GEORGE BUSH

9/25/2014

91

LA MICHOACANA

2114

KINGSLEY

9/23/2014

79

 

 

 

 

71

LA PAISANITA TACOS

110

FIRST

9/24/2014

91

LAS BRISAS ANNEX CAFE

2101

WALNUT

9/23/2014

90

LOS COMPADRES TACOS EXPRESS

3450

WALNUT

9/23/2014

56

LOS CORRALES MEXICAN CUISINE

1449

JUPITER

9/25/2014

85

MAIN STREET CAFE

627

MAIN

9/22/2014

90

MARISCOS DEL GOLFO

1444

CASTLE

9/23/2014

86

MCDONALD'S

1110

CENTERVILLE

9/26/2014

85

MIRCH MASALA

4550

BUCKINGHAM

9/24/2014

61

OK MINI MART

3022

SHILOH

9/24/2014

90

OLIVE GARDEN ITALIAN REST. #1673

4840

GEORGE BUSH

9/22/2014

83

ONE STOP FOOD STORE

3805

WALNUT

9/22/2014

47

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

4902

GEORGE BUSH

9/22/2014

89

PANCHO'S RESTAURANT

1201

MILLER

9/22/2014

65

PICOSITOS CANTINA

1456

BELTLINE

9/24/2014

64

PUPUSERIA LILIAN

2410

MILLER

9/23/2014

87

RACETRAC

1355

STATE HWY 66

9/25/2014

79

RACETRAC #437

2018

NORTHWEST

9/23/2014

80

REGGAE WINGS & TINGS INC

5481

BROADWAY

9/22/2014

84

RICE XPRESS

2402

WALNUT

9/23/2014

65

SCOOTERS

1401

NORTHWEST

9/22/2014

86

SONIC DRIVE IN #2079

1210

MILLER

9/22/2014

88

STARBUCKS COFFEE

2135

NORTHWEST

9/25/2014

95

SUBWAY #10024

1251-A

NORTHWEST

9/24/2014

94

TEXAS ROADHOUSE

5012

GEORGE BUSH

9/22/2014

83

TGI FRIDAYS #409

220

CONEFLOWER

9/24/2014

70

UNITED CATERERS #5131

502

IDLEWILD

9/23/2014

90

WILLIAMS CHICKEN #23

809

CENTERVILLE

9/22/2014

76

 


Garland Animal Services confirms rabies virus in skunk

 

Posted September 24, 2014

 

On Sept. 23, the Garland Animal Services division received notification of a laboratory confirmed case of rabies in a skunk captured in Garland near Fountain Hills Drive on Sept. 21, 2014.  One dog was known to have been exposed to the rabid skunk and is currently under quarantine.  This is the first laboratory confirmed case of rabies in an animal in Garland in 2014.

 

The rabies virus is relatively rare in North America and is occasionally found in wild or domesticated animals including, but not limited to dogs, coyotes, skunks, foxes, raccoons and bats.  Infection of humans can occur if virus-laden saliva from a rabid animal is introduced through a bite, scratch or mucus membrane (such as the nose).  Without treatment, infection is almost always fatal.

 

To reduce the community's risk to rabies, citizens should regularly vaccinate their pets against the virus.  Animal owners can contact their local veterinarian for questions regarding rabies vaccination. 

 

Anyone who witnesses any domestic or wild animal exhibiting erratic or abnormal behavior, or any potential rabies exposure of a domestic animal or human, should contact Garland Animal Services at 972-205-3570.  


Health department inspections:  September 15-19

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  September 23, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

Barbacoa Hermanos Cruz was closed for a roach infestation. They reopened Sept. 21.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

B & B FOOD STORE

1141

WALNUT

9/17/2014

87

B&B FOOD STORE- CONV. STORE

1141

WALNUT

9/17/2014

91

BARBACOA HERMANOS CRUZ

109

CENTERVILLE

9/19/2014

59

BISI-AFRICANA GROCERY

4125

BROADWAY

9/17/2014

95

BURGERFI

365

CONEFLOWER

9/19/2014

83

CARNICERIA Y TAQUERIA SI SE PUEDE

1434

CASTLE

9/19/2014

79

CHILI'S GRILL & BAR

3271

GEORGE BUSH

9/15/2014

78

CHOPSTICK EXPRESS

2321

WALNUT

9/17/2014

68

CICI'S PIZZA #33

2936

LAVON

9/15/2014

73

DALLAS OMNI CARE

2222

DEER MEADOW

9/15/2014

85

DENNY'S RESTAURANT

12733

LBJ FREEWAY

9/19/2014

81

DONUTS DONUTS

141

CENTERVILLE

9/16/2014

86

GARLAND FISH CITY GRILL, L.P.

445

CONEFLOWER

9/16/2014

73

GLORIA'S RESTAURANT

360

CONEFLOWER

9/16/2014

84

GRILL 64

600

CAMPBELL

9/15/2014

83

HOME BOY DALLAS

1101

COUNTRY CLUB

9/17/2014

89

IN-N-OUT BURGER #269

150

TOWN CENTER

9/19/2014

93

ISLAMORADA FISH COMPANY

5001

BASS PRO

9/16/2014

82

MCDONALD'S

3310

LAVON

9/16/2014

56

NUTRISHOP FIREWHEEL

4430

LAVON

9/16/2014

99

ONE STOP SHOP

730

WALNUT

9/19/2014

92

 

 

 

 

82

PANADERIA Y TAQUERIA DEL NORTE

507

GARLAND

9/17/2014

68

RACETRAC #697

2434

BUCKINGHAM

9/16/2014

68

SHOP N GO #8

1815

FIRST

9/15/2014

73

SKILLMAN WOK

565

OATES

9/17/2014

75

SOUTHWEST BIZ INC.

1036

COUNTRY CLUB

9/16/2014

66

THRIFT FOOD MART TAQUERIA

1608

FIFTH

9/17/2014

91

UNITED CATERERS #5161

502

IDLEWILD

9/19/2014

84

VICTOR'S TAQUERIA

2441

WALNUT

9/15/2014

77

WAFFLE HOUSE #306

494

I-30

9/17/2014

62

WENDY'S

1310

CENTERVILLE

9/18/2014

91

 


Public health notice: Third report of WNV in mosquitoes

Posted September 16, 2014

On Sept. 16, the Garland Health Department received a report of laboratory confirmed presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes collected in the 3400 block of Vista Oaks Drive. This is the third confirmed presence of WNV in mosquitoes in Garland in 2014. GHD will immediately initiate adulticide spraying throughout surrounding area on the night of Sept. 16 (weather permitting) to minimize the risk of human infections.

 

Thus far in 2014, no WNV human cases have been confirmed in the city of Garland but the presence of the disease in mosquitoes means transmission to humans is possible, so residents are urged to take preventive measures. Citizens can view a map depicting areas where WNV virus has been detected and subsequently sprayed to reduce the adult mosquito population at GarlandTx.gov.

 

WNV rarely causes severe illness or death, but citizens should remain vigilant and take common sense precautions to minimize the risk of exposure. To protect yourself from exposure to WNV, limit outdoor activity during evening and early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active. While outdoors, wear light-colored, long sleeve clothing, and use an insect repellent containing DEET, according to its label directions. Most importantly, citizens should take measures to eliminate any standing water on their property, such as birdbaths (clean them twice per week), pet water dishes, clogged rain gutters, tires and buckets. Containers that can hold an inch or two of water for just a few days can breed mosquitoes. Report any standing water that you are not able to eliminate yourself to the GHD.

 

If you have questions or would like to report standing water, call the Garland Health Department's mosquito control hotline at 972-205-3720. Further questions on WNV should be directed to the city of Garland's mosquito information web page or 972-205-3460.


Health department inspections:  September 8-12

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  September 15, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

ALDI TEXAS LLC #29

1518

BUCKINGHAM

9/11/2014

88

AVOCADO CALIF. ROLL & SUSHI

690

BEEBALM

9/11/2014

88

BAKER'S RIBS

488

INTERSTATE 30

9/11/2014

76

BRAUM'S ICE CREAM #61

1815

NORTHWEST

9/9/2014

87

CAFE MAI

3465

WALNUT

9/10/2014

81

CHAN'S II CHINESE RESTAURANT

6318

BROADWAY

9/10/2014

61

CICI'S PIZZA

4441

BASS PRO

9/9/2014

84

DOMINO'S PIZZA #6928

4413

WALNUT

9/10/2014

74

DONG QUE

3555

WALNUT

9/8/2014

50

DONUT PALACE

3350

BROADWAY

9/8/2014

85

DUC HUONG GIO CHA

3347

WALNUT

9/10/2014

69

EDDIE'S NAPOLI'S ITALIAN BISTRO

4280

LAVON

9/11/2014

89

EL RIO GRANDE SUPERMARKET

3460

WALNUT

9/8/2014

82

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