Avoiding Injury While Lugging Suitcases During Your Vacation

Whether your dream vacation involves a skiing adventure or drinks on the beach, you’re eager to get away from the usual stresses of everyday life. If you’re not careful, however, your vacation could prompt pain and suffering far beyond what you currently face. Luggage, in particular, can prove hazardous; in 2015, over 84,000 U.S. patients were treated in emergency rooms or clinics after suffering luggage-related injuries. Thankfully, these injuries can often be avoided. Read on to learn how: Reassess Your Packing Style How much do you really need to pack? In all likelihood, you can pack more efficiently — especially…

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St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips

After a long and difficult winter, St. Patrick’s Day is about to usher in spring — and you’re ready to party! In this time of celebration, however, many party-goers find themselves vulnerable to a variety of risks, most of which involve alcohol. Follow these tips to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Plan to Use Public Transit or Ridesharing Apps According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 60 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day in 2016. The fatality rate that year averaged 29 people per day; clearly, people drove drunk on St….

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Why Pedestrian Deaths Are on the Rise

Walking seems like a perfectly safe means of getting around, right? Increasingly, however, evidence suggests otherwise. An alarming report from the Governors Highway Safety Association suggests that pedestrian deaths are on the rise. In 2018, for example, an estimated 6,227 pedestrians were killed in accidents involving motor vehicles. Shockingly, projections indicate that 2018 saw the largest number of pedestrian deaths since 1990. What’s behind this rise in fatalities — and what can be done to keep pedestrians safe? Read on to find out. What Causes Pedestrian Deaths? A variety of factors may be to blame for the sudden increase in…

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How the Daylight Savings Switch Impacts Driving — And What to Do About It

Every year, we gain an hour in the fall and give up an hour in the spring for the sake of daylight savings. Most people regard this as a mere inconvenience — but if statistics are to be believed, this tradition wreaks havoc on our health and safety. Our roads, in particular, are more dangerous in the aftermath of daylight savings, as you’ll discover below: Daylight Savings and Car Accidents: By the Numbers Multiple studies suggest that daylight savings impacts our ability to complete a variety of essential tasks, such as safely operating motor vehicles. A 2014 University of Colorado…

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Lime Scooter Braking Injuries: Are Electric Scooters Too Dangerous?

When the electric scooter craze first swept the nation, many people were thrilled about this convenient new mode of transportation. This enthusiasm has since been dampened by reports of “sudden excessive braking” said to be caused by a firmware glitch. If you’d like to ride an electric scooter but are worried about injury, you’re far from alone. Below, we examine the prevalence of electric scooter injuries — and show how you can stay safe. How Common Are Electric Scooter Injuries? A study from Consumer Reports shows that scooter crashes are increasingly common, with experts pointing to over 1,500 injuries involving…

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Dangers of Snow Shoveling — And How to Protect Yourself

Like it or not, winter is still here. The snow may look beautiful, but it’s sure annoying when you’re in a hurry to leave home. It’s also dangerous; in 2015, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 158,000 people visited emergency rooms or clinics due to injuries related to manual snow removal. Don’t be another statistic; follow these simple tips to stay safe: Invest in a Snow Blower The simplest solution to the hassles and dangerous of shoveling? A quality snow blower. This is a particularly valuable investment if you suffer arthritis or have previously injured your back….

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Staying Safe on the Highways for Parents

Safe driving is important in a world of traffic jams, work commutes and other drivers who do not respect the rules of the road. When we become parents, safe driving takes on added importance. Child deaths due to car accidents have been dropping, and much of it is due to parents following the right safety tips for their children. Driver Safety Tips for Parents Keep your loved ones safe when you are out on the road by making the right decisions. Wear a seat belt. What is true for you is also true for your little one. Few things could…

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Winter Can Be Hard on the Heart

The cold and the snow of common with winter weather can also be health hazards. The cold air can decrease oxygen flow to the heart by constricting blood vessels. Even simple acts like walking become more challenging, and many individuals are at risk for a heart attack. Strenuous Activities Many people perform activities in the winter which they cannot during warmer weather. Cross-country and downhill skiing can be strenuous activities if your body is not prepared for them. Shoveling snow also puts a strain on the heart. Even pushing a snow blower carries a risk. Everyday activities become more difficult…

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Electric Scooters Are Sending People to the Emergency Room

Scooters are becoming more and more popular, especially in cities, where commuters might find a car to be inconvenient. A scooter allows for rapid transit along city streets without the hassle of parking. As scooter use increases, however, emergency room visits have sky-rocketed. Injuries It is common for scooter accidents to cause broken noses, wrists and shoulders, as well as facial fractures and lacerations. As with any other kind of vehicular accident, the victim may sustain permanent brain damage from blunt head trauma. At this time there is no national data on scooter injuries, but if you talk to emergency…

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Staying Safe During Extreme Cold Temperatures

Much of the United States recently experienced extremely cold temperatures. The Polar Vortex can be quite dangerous – many people risk serious health conditions, such as hypothermia, during these cold temperatures. Follow these Far North tips to stay safe and warm during the Polar Vortex. Wear Lots of Layers If you’re not used to cold weather, you may believe that you do not have an appropriate winter wardrobe. The key to surviving the winter does not necessarily involve special cold weather gear – layers are key. By layering lots of clothes on top of each other, you can trap warm…

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