April Showers Bring…Mold. How to Protect Your Home

As spring kicks into gear, so do higher levels of rainfall and humidity—and with it an increase in allergens and mold. April is a fairly wet month here in the D.C. area, and we’re currently slightly above average for precipitation year-to-date. The extra moisture increases the chances for the accumulation of toxic mold in the home. Dangers of Mold Molds are a type of fungus that thrive in mild, damp, humid environments. It can grow on many different surfaces, and in the home it can often accumulate behind walls, under carpets, on pipes, on wood, on shower curtains, in your…

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Earth Day Safety Tips

April 22, 2018 marks the 49th official observance of Earth Day—an annual celebration to raise environmental awareness around the world. Each year, Earth Day has grown in scope, with all sorts of events, festivals, concerts, etc. happening around the world—including multiple events here in the D.C. area. Unfortunately, sometimes these well-intended events can also be targeted by thieves and predators, or laden with safety issues. If you plan to bring your family out to celebrate Earth Day 2018, what can you do to stay safe and keep the day happy? Keep Track of Belongings If you’re attending an outdoor event—perhaps…

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New Report Released on Pedestrian Accidents in the US

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently published a report on pedestrian accidents in the US. According to the report, almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed during 2017. The report also found that pedestrian accidents in Washington DC have increased since 2016. Why are so many pedestrians being killed in the US? GHSA’s report found speeding, failure to yield and distractions are the primary causes of death. In addition, the GHSA report also suggests legal marijuana usage may have contributed to an increase in the number of fatalities. Seven states who legalized marijuana between 2012 and 2016 experienced a collective 16.7…

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Popular Britax Jogging Strollers Linked to Injuries

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has filed a lawsuit to force Britax to stop selling jogging strollers that are linked to more than 100 injuries. Britax, the manufacturer of three-wheeled B.O.B strollers, is also being asked to offer repairs or replacements to consumers. The B.O.B models under scrutiny include Iron Man Revolution and Sport Utility Strollers. The CPSC has received more than 200 complaints about B.O.B strollers. According to the complaints, the front wheels on the strollers can detach without warning. As a result, the front fork of the strollers can dig into the ground and cause an…

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Why Lawsuits Over Electronic Cigarettes Are Increasing

Electronic cigarettes have become a very popular alternative to traditional nicotine products. Millions of people in the US have given up cigarettes in favor of these pocket-sized devices. However, some people have suffered serious injuries after the batteries in their electronic cigarettes exploded without warning. Electronic cigarette explosion injuries have included: Second and third-degree burns Blast injuries (including the loss of multiple teeth or limbs) Facial injuries Loss of function (of the limbs or sexual function) In one case that occurred in 2015, a Colorado Springs man suffered a broken neck and severe facial injuries. According to the man’s family,…

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No Designated Driver for St. Patrick’s Day 2018? Get a SoberRide

This Saturday, March 17, millions of people will step out to enjoy the many, parades, parties and pints of green beer in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day—potentially hundreds of thousands here in the D.C. area alone. While many will make arrangements not to drink and drive, the reality is sometimes no one wants to be the “designated driver” for the group. In these cases, many car services and organizations in cities around the country offer free rides to revelers who want to get home safely. Here in the Washington, D.C. area, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is once again…

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How to Stay Safe on St. Paddy’s Day 2018

Parades, leprechaun hats, green clothes—and green beer. On or around March 17, some 60 percent of Americans will don the Irish green to celebrate what has become the 2nd most popular drinking day of the year, according to Time. Unfortunately, this also typically leads to a spike in drunk driving. According to statistics provided by WalletHub, 60 Americans died in drunk driving accidents during St. Paddy’s Day 2016, and of those fatality accidents, 75 percent of them involved a driver with a BAC count at twice the legal limit. Needless to say, if you plan to indulge on St. Patrick’s…

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Report: Drowsy Driving Causes up to 10 Percent of All Road Accidents

We have discussed drowsy driving here several times before now, but a recent report sheds light on how widespread this problem has become. As USA Today reports, a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that drowsy driving may play a role in at least 9.5 percent of all vehicle crashes. For more severe crashes, that number rises to 10.8 percent. These findings suggest a trend that is up to eight times worse than what federal agencies have previously predicted. (Federal estimates consistently blame drowsy driving on only 1-2 percent of accidents.) Since alcohol plays a role…

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You’re Doing It Wrong! Don’t Make These Car Seat Installation Mistakes

Researchers continue to go to great lengths in designing car seats to keep our little ones safe—but that research has little impact when parents install the seats incorrectly. A study by the NHTSA estimates that nearly half of child car seats are installed wrong—but certified passenger safety technicians often find those percentages to be much higher. (One estimated more than 70 percent, another at over 95 percent!) Statistically speaking…if you’re a parent of a small child who uses a car seat, chances are you’re doing it wrong. Here are a few of the most common car seat installation mistakes to…

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Safety Tips for Driving in Sleet and “Wintry Mix” Weather

February and March are unpredictable times for the weather in the DC area. While driving in snow has its own challenges, as the weather grows slightly milder, we run the risk of other types of “wintry mix” weather—for example, sleet, freezing rain/fog and rain-snow mixes—which can make the roads even more hazardous than snow alone. Let’s look at some of these weather conditions and how you can stay safe on the roads. Sleet Sleet occurs when air aloft is warmer than air at the surface—a condition that frequently happens as the seasons start changing. Snow melts as it falls, then…

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