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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Mission-Critical Tips For Operating Drones Safely

Recreational drones are more popular than ever, and for good reason — unmanned aircraft may not literally take us to new heights, but they certainly expose us to gorgeous scenery while providing amazing opportunities for capturing footage. But while these aircraft are a joy to operate, they can also prove surprisingly dangerous. The following are among the most important considerations to keep in mind as you strive to operate unmanned aircraft in the safest and most responsible manner possible: Fly Below 400 Feet One of the FAA’s most stringent regulations involves the height at which you can safely operate your…

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The Largest E-Cigarette Company Is Under Fire for its Contributions to a Teen Health Crisis

Recently, 14 teenagers were hospitalized due to breathing problems linked with e-cigarettes. This comes at a time when JUUL, the largest e-cigarette manufacturer, is under scrutiny for its role in the teen vaping health crisis. In recent years, e-cigarette use has exploded among teens and adolescents prompting concern about a potential public health crisis. Some members of Congress want to hold JUUL accountable for what they allege is unethical business practices that target young people and minors. Here is a broad overview of vaping, JUUL, and recent trends around teens and e-cigarette use. Widespread Teenage E-Cigarette Use Over 20% of…

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Outdoor Fire Pit Maintenance and Precautions

Fire pits—whether they are portable or permanent—can provide warmth, ambiance, and style to outdoor gatherings. Since summertime is often associated with fire pit get-togethers, owners should be careful about the potential dangers if they fail to perform maintenance and take proper precautions. Necessary Maintenance Routine basic upkeep of outdoor fire pits is required just like an indoor fireplace would need. If you do not use your fire pit year round, thoroughly clean it at the beginning of each heavy-use season and remove excess ash buildup from previous use. During winter and spring months when fire pits are not used as…

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Stay Safe and Have Fun This 4th of July

Washington, DC is one of the best cities to celebrate our nation’s founding. Some of the celebrations, however, can result in easily preventable injuries. Here’s how to celebrate 4th of July this year while making sure you don’t get hurt enjoying the holiday. BBQ’ing and Picnics If you’re going to be cooking outdoors this holiday, make sure you follow basic safety tips when grilling. Over 7,000 people a year in the U.S. get injured by simple backyard grills. Making sure your grill station is prepared and safe is the best way to prevent unfortunate injuries from interrupting your celebrations. Grill…

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Buying Used Tires Not Worth the Safety Risks

New sets of tires can be expensive, but purchasing used tires for their cost savings is not worth the risk. Although used tires are cheaper than new ones, opting to purchase used is not the same as making a similar decision when shopping for other expensive items. Hidden Risks of Used Tires While many consumers believe that finding a used tire with good tread depth implies it is safe to drive, there are many hidden factors in buying tires used. Tires degrade more quickly if they are driven for long periods of time while underinflated, overinflated, overloaded, or at high…

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Amazon Not Liable for Defective Third-Party Products

In 2014, a Maryland couple’s house was burned down by a headlamp purchased on Amazon. The couple sued Amazon for damages, but Amazon asserted that the Chinese company that manufactured the product was at fault. A Maryland judge sided with Amazon, stating that Amazon was only the platform for selling the product and never actually owned the product. The couple appealed the ruling, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond agreed with the original decision. Amazon and Product Liability This isn’t the first time Amazon has had trouble with product liability allegations. In 2016, a Tennessee family’s…

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How Patients Can Evaluate Different Hospitals

An alarming disparity exists among hospitals and other health care facilities in the United States. Some hospitals provide stellar care, while others see continued medical errors or may be breeding grounds for infection. Clearly, where you stay can have a huge impact on both your current symptoms and long-term health. If possible, you’ll want to assess local options while you feel healthy to ensure that you make the right decision in the event of a medical emergency. The following are a few of the many factors worth considering as you select the best possible location for treatment: Look at a…

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Replacement Takata Airbag Recall: What You Need to Know (Part I)

Takata lies at the center of what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls the “largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” A recent Honda recall involving replacement airbags is just the latest in the long Takata saga. According to the automaker, the airbags’ improper manufacturing could prompt explosions that might send sharp metal fragments flying within vehicle cabins. In this two-part series, we will explore the latest recall and its relation to the overarching Takata drama. How Honda Discovered the Malfunction The dangers of replacement Takata airbags were brought to light in January, 2018, when a 2004…

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