The Most Dangerous Places on Black Friday — And How to Stay Safe

There is more to Black Friday than discounts alone. This post-Thanksgiving occasion has become a huge cultural phenomenon, capable of rousing people from their turkey-induced slumber to fight cold weather, long lines, and aggressive shoppers. Discounts and freebies abound, but dangers do as well. A morbid but enlightening website highlights the annual Black Friday death count, referencing shocking altercations that led to serious injuries and even mortalities. While such incidents remain rare, the following Black Friday dangers should not be discounted: Roads And Parking Lots Frenzied crowds receive the bulk of Black Friday attention, but the day’s real hazards may,…

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Is Your Home Fire-Safe?

When was the last time you thought about fire safety and prevention in your home? From 2012-2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of around 355,400 home fires per year, which caused a total annual average of 2,560 civilian deaths and 11,670 injuries. Fire safety awareness is an essential first step to avoiding such a situation yourself. October Fire Safety month may be over, but it is always a good time to make sure you have everything you need to keep yourself and your family safe. Here’s a quick and easy checklist to go over: Check that your home…

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How to Avoid the Most Common Fall Sports Injuries

From football to cross-country, a variety of fall sports encourage athletes to stay active, even as the chill of autumn begins to take over. These sports encourage us to move our bodies when we’d rather stay cozy inside. Unfortunately, they can also prompt their fair share of injuries. That being said, a variety of preventative measures can be employed to keep the risk of such injuries to a minimum. An effective regimen begins with knowledge, so we’ve highlighted a few of the most common conditions—and reliable prevention methods—below: ACL Tears Easily the most common knee injury among football players, ACL…

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Halloween 2019 Safety Tips For Children

It is that time of the year again for jack-0-lanterns, costumes, and candy. No matter how you plan to celebrate Halloween this year, its always important to stay on top of safety for this year’s events. Making sure kids have safe arrangements for trick-or-treating, or other activities, will ensure no unforeseen accidents ruin the fun. Costumes Try to pick a costume with bright or reflective colors to make kids more visible at night Opt for face paint over face masks which can obstruct kids’ vision Pick a costume that kids can move freely in that will minimize tripping hazards Trick-Or-Treating…

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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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Ridesharing Safety Tips For Drivers And Passengers

Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft have completely changed how we think of transit. These apps are increasingly popular, with 36 percent of respondents in a Pew Research Center survey claiming to have used ridesharing services at some point. Many others drive; Uber claimed over 3 million worldwide drivers as of 2018. The benefits of ridesharing cannot be denied, but safety concerns persist. Whether you’re a proud driver or a devoted passenger, you’ll definitely want to check out the safety tips highlighted below: Double Check the Car’s Make, Model, and License Plate Number An alarming number of people have been…

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September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month — Quick, Important Facts to Know

Every September, the public is alerted to the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease — and the many steps we can take to make life more tolerable for those who currently suffer from this devastating condition. Still, many people remain woefully unaware of the huge role Alzheimer’s plays in modern society. Below, we offer clarification with a few quick facts worth examining: Over 5.8 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s Although the condition typically strikes older individuals, early-onset versions remain surprisingly common. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 200,000 people under the age of 65 suffer this condition. The disease is more…

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Common Leaf Raking Hazards — And How to Avoid Them

The beautiful spectacle of fall colors has arrived — and with it, the opportunity to marvel at nature’s majesty. Enjoy the scenery while it lasts, for your future likely involves a whole lot of leaf raking. This might seem like one of the least dangerous of the various outside chores you’re subjected to each year, but it’s not as innocuous as you might think. A few common — but oft-forgotten — hazards are highlighted below: How to Avoid Repetition Injuries The repetitive nature of raking can leave you prone to a surprising array of injuries, particularly if you attempt to…

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Drone Safety Resources

Once regarded exclusively as a military matter, drones are increasingly popular for recreational purposes. They are also becoming more common in the commercial sector, with many businesses relying on unmanned aircraft for delivery purposes. Unfortunately, casual and commercial users alike often compromise the safety of bystanders by improperly flying or landing these devices. If everybody sticks to the rules, however, drones can be safely operated and enjoyed. Before you operate your drone, be sure to check out these essential resources: Federal Aviation Administration Fact Sheet The FAA offers a detailed fact sheet highlighting when and where small unmanned aircraft can…

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Commonly Confusing Driving Situations: How to Handle Them the Right Way

The open road can be a confusing place. Unfortunately, many of the most perplexing circumstances behind the wheel are rarely discussed in driver’s training. These issues are even more likely to be ignored later on, leaving baffled drivers to muddle their way through potentially dangerous situations. Below, we highlight a few especially confusing scenarios — and how they can be handled appropriately. Traffic Circles Roundabouts are supposed to make roads safer, but drivers confused about basic navigation can prompt their fair share of fender benders. When in doubt, treat lane selection as you would in a typical multi-lane intersection. Select…

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