Safe Toy Buying Tips for the Holidays

With the holidays and shopping season right around the corner, excitement about toys and gift-giving continues to grow. At such a beautiful time of year, the last thing we would want would be for the toys and gifts we give to cause harm to our loved ones. Thanks to recent toy safety advocacy and awareness, there were only 12 toy recalls in 2019 compared to 172 in 2008. While this is certainly something to celebrate, toy-related injuries continue to be a problem. The CPSC reported that in 2018 (the most recent data available), there were 226,100 toy-related injuries treated in…

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Caution for Excessive Hygiene and Hand Sanitizer

How Our Newfound Obsession with Hygiene And Hand Sanitizer Might Eventually Backfire Our understanding of COVID-19 has come a long way since the early days of the pandemic. Over time, researchers have discovered that transmission is far more likely to occur due to respiratory droplets and close contact than on surfaces. Hence, while hand-washing and sanitizer remain important, they might not play as large a role in mitigation as we initially assumed. There’s no need to let up on hygienic efforts just yet. However, we must nonetheless consider the potential downsides of taking such behavior to an excess: The Danger…

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A New Normal for Airline Travel

  At the end of March, air travel in the United States hit a new low. In recent weeks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been reporting an increase in air travel as America adjusts to the new normal. COVID-19 considerations have changed the way airports and airlines operate. Many airports are taking special precautions. Regan National Airport, for example, requires everyone wear cloth face coverings at all times in public spaces. They have installed floor decals to assist with social distancing and Plexiglas barriers at counters and TSA checkpoints. Additionally, Regan National has lowered parking rates at garages within…

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Culture and Arts During a COVID-19 Summer

  Every summer, thousands of Americans visit museums, attend art performances, and take part in other cultural activities. But with social distancing guidelines still in effect in the United States, cultural experiences may look different this summer. Museums and cultural centers have been closed since mid-March, and many performances for the summer have been cancelled. Washington, D.C. will enter its second phase of re-opening near the end of the month. The guidelines for Phase 2 allow for the re-opening of libraries, museums, and exhibits. However, these places are only allowed to operate with strict capacity limits and physical distancing measures….

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Post-Quarantine Fitness And Recreation: Is It Possible to Stay Safe?

As the economy begins to open, those with a serious case of cabin fever are eager to resume their usual fitness routines. In many regions, however, gyms and other recreational facilities have been among the last places to become accessible to the public. Even as they open, they remain among the most hazardous locations. After all, ample research indicates that the coronavirus spreads more easily through heavy breathing and exertion. Despite the hazards posed by the gym, it’s still possible to exercise safely. Keep the following considerations in mind as you level up your fitness routine: Stay Safe at the…

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Tips For Using Masks And Hand Sanitizer Safely — And How to Avoid Injury

  Hand sanitizer and face masks are all but impossible to find on store shelves these days, and for good reason: they represent two of the most vital tools available for protecting ourselves and our loved ones against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Unfortunately, while these products can limit the spread of the disease, they’re far from risk-free. Improper use can lead to a variety of injuries. Keep the following in mind as you make the most of these essential tools: Store Hand Sanitizer Carefully Now that your kids are constantly around, they have observed you and other members…

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Readying for the “New Normal”

  Like most businesses, our law office has been operating remotely since March. Our sophisticated technology and resources have allowed us to advance our cases during these challenging times.  States are beginning to loosen restrictions on businesses.  We expect the mayor of DC and the governors of Maryland and Virginia will soon—perhaps in a month or so—permit a more robust return to work in the Metro area. While we would love to see the late spring / early summer activity we have been historically used to, science tells us that we need to plan for a “new normal,” at least…

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Once the Coronavirus Lockdown Ends, How Should You Protect Vulnerable People in Your Home?

Daily life looks little like it did just a few months ago. Masks, toilet paper shortages, and Zoom happy hours are all central themes in this strange new world. As hard as it is to believe, however, the COVID-19 crisis won’t last forever. It’s impossible to know when, but we eventually will be allowed to venture back into the real world. When that time comes, we’ll be tempted to go all-out with the activities we were once forced to avoid. Unfortunately, public pursuits will be far from risk-free. For now, it’s safest to plan a careful return to everyday life,…

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Tips for Risk Reduction While Shoveling Snow And Clearing Ice

A layer of snow adds instant beauty to the local winter landscape, but it can also prove extremely dangerous. The hazards of winter driving are well-known, but many people remain woefully unaware of the extent to which shoveling and other necessary winter tasks can lead to injury — or what they can do to protect themselves. Dress For the Weather Shoveling always takes longer than expected, so dress accordingly. Coats, hats, and mittens are essential. Quality footwear is even more important, however, as a lack of tread could cause you to slip. Take Your Time Resist the urge to load…

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Fire Safety Reminders For Christmas Trees And Holiday Lights

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire may form an evocative Christmas image, but ideally, that orange glow will remain safely contained within the fireplace. Sadly, the very decor that makes the season so cheery often leads to tragedy, as evidenced by alarming statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Christmas trees, in particular, are dangerous, with the NFPA reporting that these key decorative elements prompted 160 known home fires between 2013 and 2017. Most could have been avoided, had homeowners abided by these key safety precautions: Keep Heat Sources Away From Trees Candles and trees should not mix. Most…

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