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  • Sparklers Are NOT Safe for Children

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Jun-2017

    As the Fourth of July approaches, many families are getting excited for barbecues and fireworks. Although fireworks are illegal except in fire-department approved displays, sparklers are not banned. A number of parents parents mistakenly consider sparklers to be safer than fireworks, but sparklers account for more injuries than any other kind of firework, according to this report by the Consumer ...
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  • The Most Insane Car Defects in History (Part 2)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Jun-2017

    When vehicles consist of thousands of moving parts (and more recently, on-board computers), defects become statistically inevitable—although good car companies will proactively test and issue recalls as needed to ensure safety. Continuing our thread from the previous post, let’s look at a few more of history’s craziest automobile defects. Ford’s Fire-starting Ignition ...
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  • The Most Insane Car Defects in History (Part 1)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 19-Jun-2017

    Despite all the modern advances in design and technology over the years, automobiles continue to be produced with some of the most unpredictable defects imaginable. While some of these problems amount to little more than inconveniences, other defects prove downright dangerous or deadly, often resulting in massive recalls. Check out this partial list of the most unusual vehicle defects ever ...
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  • Virginia Sprout Grower Recalls Soybean Sprouts after Positive Listeria Test

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-Jun-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. According to a recent press release by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Good Seed Inc. (Happy Sprout Inc.) is voluntarily recalling all packages of soybean sprouts produced in its Springfield, Virginia, facility. During a routine surveillance sampling by the Food Safety Program of the Virginia Department of ...
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  • Six Excellent Resources to Learn About Camp Safety

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 5-Jun-2017

    Summer is upon us, which means at some point, many of our kids will be heading off to camp. Without taking proper precautions, however, many children come home from camp sick or injured. To reduce risks and help parents maintain peace of mind, we’ve curated the following excellent resources on camp safety so kids can stay as safe as possible. WebMD: Keeping Kids Safe at Summer Camp This ...
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  • How Can I Improve Swimming Pool Safety this Summer?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-May-2017

    Swimming pool injuries are extremely common during summer months. However, many of these accidents can be avoided if proper precautions are undertaken. For businesses and homeowners hosting guests, it is important to understand that you may be held liable for injuries that occur on your properties. Swimming pool safety should always be a top priority when hosting large groups of people. The ...
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  • What Did National Bike Month Teach Us About Cycling?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 29-May-2017

    The League of American Bicyclists sponsors National Bike Month each year during May to raise public awareness on the benefits of cycling. It appears the public, especially in the District, agrees with its message. Cycling has boomed in popularity over the last decade. According to the League of American Bicyclists, the number of people who use cycling for transportation has increased by 46 percent ...
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  • Will Self-Driving Trucks Make Roads Safer? (Part 2)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 26-May-2017

    In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the prospect of self-driving trucks replacing manned trucks on our roads and highways in the upcoming years. Many experts believe these trucks will ultimately make roads safer because they are not prone to human fatigue or error. That said, every new technology comes with its own risks, especially at the beginning. Let’s explore some of the inherent ...
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  • Will Self-Driving Trucks Make Roads Safer? (Part 1)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 25-May-2017

    The test runs have already begun. In 2016, an Uber-owned company named Otto sent its first prototype self-driving truck down a Colorado highway with a load of beer, hailing the first official trip of an autonomous truck. Since then, Daimler’s Freightliner “Inspiration” has made test runs, and a new startup named Maven Ventures hopes to send its truck “Embark” on test ...
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  • Safe Driving Reminders for Memorial Day

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 25-May-2017

    With AAA predicting that Memorial Day travel will be at its highest since 2005, it is especially important as we head into the holiday weekend to keep in mind these tips for traveling safely. Check your car. Before taking a long road trip, have a mechanic check your car for any safety issues. With rain expected in the area, be sure that your windshield wipers and headlights are working properly. ...
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  • QuickStart Guide to Infant and Child Car Seats - May 2017 Edition

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 24-May-2017

    Child motor vehicle safety understandably causes huge consternation for parents across our country. There’s justification for strategic concern. Vehicular injuries are a leading cause of death and severe injury among the young. Many of the most terrible outcomes could be prevented by proper use of child car seats and booster seats. When used correctly, these devices reduce the risk of death ...
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  • Unrepaired Recalled Vehicles Present Additional Driving Dangers

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-May-2017

    A recent investigation by U.K. publication Auto Express brings some disturbing news. According to their report, less than half of vehicles in the U.K. under recall since 2012 have been brought in for repairs—meaning these vehicles are still on the roads, presenting possible driving dangers for both their owners and others. A similar statistic holds true for recalled vehicles here in the U.S. ...
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  • Prom Pledges and Other Safety Measures: Keeping Teens Safe on Prom Night

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 18-May-2017

    Prom season can be one of the most exciting times of year for high school juniors and seniors—and equally one of the most terrifying times of year for parents. Many teens anticipate that they or their peers will use alcohol or drugs on prom night. In addition, teens all too frequently get behind the wheel while impaired rather than call their parents for fear of getting in trouble. The ...
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  • Safety Tips for National Bike to Work Day May 19, 2017

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 16-May-2017

    On Friday, May 19, 2017, thousands of people will be hitting the roadways on their bicycles to participate in National Bike to Work Day, an initiative sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists to encourage people use bicycles to commute to work. Coordinators in the Washington D.C. region expect a tremendous crowd, and they’ve established over 85 pit stops for bicyclists to enjoy food, ...
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  • Did Smoke Put More DC Metro Riders in Danger?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 10-May-2017

    It was January in 2015 when the Yellow Line ground to a halt right after a train left L’Enfant Plaza. Smoke was collecting in the tunnel and before the train in the tunnel could reverse and get away, another train pulled into the stop. The train remained trapped in the tunnel for over 45 minutes, suffocating a passenger. Now, a new incident has people asking if new safety initiatives from ...
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  • RZL Celebrates its 20th Anniversay!

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 10-May-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. It is hard to absorb this truth: 20 years ago my partners, Pat Regan, Victor Long, and I broke off from another law firm to create ours. My wife and I were newly married and we were expecting our first child when our firm opened its doors. That child is now a sophomore in college, and we have been blessed with three other wonderful ...
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  • Could a Maryland Condo Be the Epicenter of a Legionnaire's Outbreak?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-May-2017

    It was October 2015 when medical facilities in Ocean City received a string of patients with a rare and unusual disease. This disease is so uncommon, it only takes two cases before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will declare an outbreak, and there were four cases in Ocean City. How did such a rare disease suddenly infect four people, and is someone responsible for the victims ...
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  • Ford Recalls 230,000 Vehicles Because of Engine Fire Dangers: What You Need to Know

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-May-2017

    On March 29, Ford Motor Company raised concerns among consumers when it recalled 230,000 vehicles in March over the risk of engine fires. According to an official statement by Ford, the recall affects several models: 2014 Ford Escape 2014-15 Ford Fiesta ST 2013-14 Ford Fusion 2013-15 Ford Transit Connect In these vehicles, per the company’s account, a lack of coolant circulation can heat up ...
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  • Raw Milk Cheese from Vulto Creamery Results in Deaths from Listeria Outbreak

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 25-Apr-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. Vulto Creamery recently announced a recall for all of the raw milk cheeses produced by its plant and suspended operations until the FDA's final Listeria inspection outcome and source are determined. Internal records indicated that the equipment and production plant received positive results for Listeria for 20 months prior to the ...
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  • Violent Video Games and Real Life (Part 2-Can Violent Games Cause Harm or Injury to our Kids?)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Apr-2017

    In our previous post, we discussed the science behind how violent video games can affect our children—how they may cause our children to act more aggressively without necessarily causing them to become violent or commit crimes. Now let’s look a little more closely at how game violence might affect our children directly: Can they cause our children mental, emotional or even physical ...
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  • Violent Video Games and Real Life (Part 1-Can Violent Games Cause Our Children to Do Harm?)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 18-Apr-2017

    Ever since the invention of the video game, the controversy a possible link between violent video games and real-life violent behavior has been raging. With every news report of a mass shooting or act of violence, particularly by the young, the debate rekindles. Do these games teach our children to become violent toward others? Let’s step back from the emotional factors for a moment and look ...
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  • GHSA Releases Pedestrian Fatality Data Report: What It Means for You

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 17-Apr-2017

    The Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) recently released a report on its preliminary 2015 findings on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State. The numbers are both surprising and alarming. Let’s look at a few highlights from the report. Pedestrian fatalities are up an estimated 10 percent nationwide between 2014 and 2015. Twenty-six states reported increases in pedestrian ...
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  • April Showers Bring Flowers AND Make D.C. Roadways Treacherous: What You Need to Know

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 13-Apr-2017

    Spring has finally arrived, which means our roadways should now be safer to drive, right? Not so fast. Surprisingly, the Federal Highway Administration says rainy conditions account for 46 percent of weather-related crashes, as opposed to only 17 percent for snow and 13 percent for ice! Additionally, wet roads from rain, snow or ice contribute to nearly three-fourths of all weather-related ...
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  • Preventing Choking Accidents with Multiple Small Children at Home

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-Apr-2017

    Choking accidents pose a genuine threat for small children; in fact, the New York State Department of Health says choking is the fourth leading cause of death among children under 5. When you have a single toddler in the home, “choke-proofing” can be as easy as buying only age-appropriate toys and keeping smaller objects locked up and out of reach. However, how do you keep the home ...
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  • Giant Food Pulls Bagged Spinach after Live Scorpion Found by Customer

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-Apr-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. After notification from a local news station, Giant Food recently pulled their bagged spinach products from shelves. A couple from Maryland found a live scorpion in a recent purchase of bagged spinach, captured it, and returned it to the store.The customer asked Giant to stop selling the bagged spinach, but the store did not initially do ...
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