COVID-19: Impacts on Driving Behavior and Lessons

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted our lives in countless ways. It has also changed our behaviors.  The following are some observations and suggestions. Less Vehicles on the Road There are far fewer automobiles on the road, but accidents still occur. In keeping with social-distancing regulations, police officers in some areas of the country will not respond to the scene of a crash unless there is an emergency. Without a police response, a police report will not be generated. What to do if in a crash: Take photographs of the property damage to your vehicle and all other involved automobiles; Obtain…

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The Top Dangers of Ice — And How to Handle Them

Whether you’re walking, driving, or performing household maintenance, ice poses a huge risk to your health and wellbeing. A brief encounter can lead to everything from broken hips to traumatic brain injuries, as highlighted below: Pedestrian Dangers Keeping your balance can be tricky when you set foot on ice — especially if it’s obscured by a thin layer of snow. Seniors and easily injured individuals are especially prone to ice-related falls. These can cause a wide range of acute health issues or exacerbate chronic conditions. Options for reducing the risk of falling include: Regularly treating your driveway and sidewalk. Using…

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Strong, Small Magnets Are an Ingestion Risk for Children

Most parents know the dangers of children accidentally swallowing small parts that could break off toys or other objects—parts this size create a choking hazard. However, small magnets pose an additional danger of causing severe internal damage if the magnets affect each other once swallowed. Children’s toy makers generally exclude small magnets and small parts to avoid this danger, but they both can be included in accessories marketed towards adults. Tiny Magnetic Decorations Rare-earth magnets are powerful, tiny magnets often sold as stress relievers or as a customizable desk decoration. Many manufacturers include warnings on the packaging to keep away…

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Skiing And Snowboarding Safety Tips You Might Not Already Know About

Winter activities may be exciting, but they’re also dangerous. Experts at the Center for Injury Research and Policy highlight the wrists and arms as chief areas of injury for snowboarders, while skiers more commonly encounter issues with their knees, heads, or faces. Serious incidents often involve traumatic brain injuries, which are the leading cause of death in both sports. Thankfully, a variety of precautions can minimize these risks. Wear Proper Safety Equipment Far too many skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes without bothering to invest in necessary equipment. No matter how advanced their skill level, winter athletes can benefit from…

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Types of Wintry Mixes And Hazards They Might Cause

It’s no secret that winter roads are hazardous, but not all cold weather conditions look exactly alike. Each type of wintry mix prompts its own unique annoyances and hazards. Knowing the difference is critical before you hit the road. Freezing Rain At first glance, freezing rain may look like conventional showers. This form of precipitation is deceptively dangerous, however, as it transforms into a translucent layer of ice as soon as temperatures drop below freezing. This makes both driving and walking extremely dangerous, especially if ice prompted by freezing rain is covered by a thin layer of snow. If possible,…

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Public Concern Over Thousands of Unsafe Products Sold By Amazon Through Third Party Vendors

People usually assume shady internet transactions involve anonymous Craigslist ads or the dark web, not the world’s largest internet retailer. However, a recent study by The Wall Street Journal found that Amazon had over 4,000 unsafe items listed for sale on their website at a given time. The deficiencies varied by product, but items had in common federal agency warnings or prohibitions regarding their safety. Infractions varied from missing or misleading warning labels, to outright dangerous and banned products. The largest category of items were those that posed a choking hazard to children. Other products were found to have high…

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Protecting the Elderly And Other Individuals From Hypothermia During the Winter

Hypothermia fatalities are on the rise, with seniors proving especially vulnerable. Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that, while the general population suffered a hypothermia-related fatality rate of 0.3 and 0.5 per 100,000 between 2003 and 2013, this rate increased to 1.1 per 100,000 for women over the age of 65 and 1.8 for men within that age range. With seniors — especially those dealing with illness or injury — the following precautions can provide not only additional comfort, but also, valuable protection against a deadly condition: Know the Signs Hypothermia isn’t always immediately obvious to outsiders or…

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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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