Hidden “Back to School” Perils — And What to Do About Them

Back to school season has arrived, and with it, all kinds of excitement and anxiety. While you hope that your children will be safe and happy at school, you’re probably more worried than ever, given the alarming stories that hit headlines every day. Some of the greatest perils of back to school season may be invisible, however. The following are a few of the many hidden dangers you should watch for as your kids return to school: School Buses And Other Commuting Methods If your child is out of the habit of riding the bus, it’s important to review safety…

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Does the Color of Your Car Affect How Safe It Is on the Road?

How does car color affect road safety? At first blush, the question may seem trivial. If you’re worried about accident prevention, isn’t it more important to focus on problems like DUI, distracted driving and failing infrastructure? Those factors obviously matter. But perhaps surprisingly, car color does seem to play a role—possibly. How might it matter? And why? First off, some colors can be harder to see in certain environments. Black cars at night, for example, can disappear into the unlit background. Under certain snowy or rainy conditions, silver cars could similarly be harder for other drivers to perceive. It’s also…

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Teens or Seniors: Who’s More Dangerous Behind the Wheel?

Auto accidents kill tens of thousands of people every year in the United States. No age group is safe. Two demographic groups in particular, however, seem to be at elevated risk: teenagers and the elderly. We’ve all heard awful stories involving both types of drivers—for instance, teens texting and blowing through red lights into oncoming traffic, and confused seniors slamming the accelerator instead of the brake, leading to tragic consequences. But what can an objective assessment tell us? Are teens more dangerous behind the wheel, or are senior citizens? Let’s look at the data. Teenage Drivers Per CDC statistics from…

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The Surprising Hazards of Scooters

Kids’ toys frequently make headlines because of recalls, faulty parts and choking hazards. There’s something terrifying about the idea that the things we buy for our little ones might harm them in an unforeseen way. This fear is not without merit. Manufacturers, for instance, are not always dogged when it comes to quality control. But choke-y components and unexpectedly sharp pieces aren’t the only scares. In fact, an innocuous-seeming item—the classic children’s scooter—causes a shocking amount of damage. Scooter Injury Statistics The kick scooter surged in popularity around 2000, thanks in large part to marketing efforts from a key manufacturer,…

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Safety First for the Fourth: Some Pool and Water Guidelines

In conjunction with the Fourth of July holiday celebrations, many families head to the pool or the beach.  As with any family outing, especially those involving water, keeping common sense safety tips in mind is critical. Listed below are a few reminders for helping make your family’s Fourth of July safer: Keep an eye on the kids – Drowning is the second most common cause of injury death for children under age 14. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children age 0-4 in Maryland and third leading cause for those aged 5-14. Drowning can even occur when…

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Fireworks Safety Tips for the Fourth

It’s no surprise that fireworks maim and injure people every year. Just ask Jason Pierre Paul. The NFL defensive end decided to light some fireworks on July 4th of 2015. His dramatic encounter with fireworks cost him part of his hand and quite a bit of money. His dramatic encounter with fireworks will forever be the event he remembers about his life. In 2016 alone there were 11,100 reported injuries in the U.S. Fireworks can be enjoyable, but need to be handled safely. Listed below are some tips from the Red Cross to enjoy fireworks safely: Stay at least 500…

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Bike Safety Guidelines for Kids and Adults

Between the warm weather of summer and the desire to get in shape while cutting fuel costs, children aren’t the only ones riding bikes in traffic these days. Even when you have the right-of-way as a cyclist, drivers might not see you or expect you—and the results can be deadly. Following these bicycle safety guidelines will help keep both adults and children safe, whether they’re riding around with friends or commuting to work. Always Wear a Helmet Recent studies have shown that wearing a helmet while biking can reduce your risk of a serious head injury by 70 percent. It’s…

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How to Vet Your Kids’ Summer Camps for Safety

When we send our kids to summer camp, we expect it to be a time of fun and adventure for them, but we also expect the camp to be run safely. Unfortunately, however, campgrounds don’t always take every necessary precaution. As NBC affiliate KPRC 2 revealed in 2009, a camp counselor at a Hunt, TX summer camp had been repeatedly molesting his boys until a distraught letter home prompted one of the boys’ mothers to start investigating. While these types of incidents are indeed rare, we should always make sure we know who is caring for our children and that…

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How to Avoid Drowning Risks This Summer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 3,500 people drown each year in non-boating related accidents. Drownings can occur in swimming pools, spas, lakes and other bodies of water. There are multiple ways you could reduce the risk of a drowning accident this summer. Provide supervision. If you are a parent, the American Red Cross recommends supervising your children while they are swimming. Only adults should supervise children. However, supervision is also important for adults. According to the American Red Cross, you should use the buddy system (swimming with another person) instead of swimming alone. Ensure your…

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Autonomous Car Crashes: What Causes Them?

Some would say it was bound to happen eventually. In March, the ridesharing platform Uber made the news in spectacular fashion when one of its self-driving prototype vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. In theory, at least, autonomous cars are supposed to make us safer because human error gets removed from the equation. This accident underscores that developers may still be far from realizing that goal—and critics have already used the incident as a push to eliminate autonomous vehicles completely. So if autonomous (i.e., self-driving) vehicles are programmed properly, why would they ever be involved in an…

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