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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5 Amusement Park Safety Tips

For a day of family summer fun, you almost can’t beat a good amusement park. Here in the U.S., amusement parks are big business, with more than 400 parks hosting about 375 million guests each year, according to the IAAPA. At the same time, unfortunately, injuries and illness are also quite common at the parks, ranging from thrill ride mishaps to heat stroke. In fact, CNN says emergency rooms across America saw 30,000 park-related visits in 2016 alone. If you plan to take the family to an amusement park this summer, take heed of these 5 important tips to keep…

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What Are the Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians in Washington DC?

Our blog recently discussed a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report on fatal pedestrian accidents in the US. The report found that pedestrian accidents have increased over the past decade. WTOP recently published an article that shows some intersections in Washington DC are safer than others if you are on foot. According to the article, some of DCs most dangerous intersections are typically filled with pedestrians. WTOP used crash data from the District Department of Transportation to create the article. The most dangerous intersections were rated based on the frequency of pedestrian crashes during 2017. Five of most dangerous intersections…

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Tips for Preparing for Summer Camp

As school lets out for the summer, many children look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at their favorite summer camp. However, without proper preparation, camp for some kids can be less like a dream and more like a nightmare. What are some ways you can prepare in advance so your kids gain the most from their summer camp experience? Bring Immunizations Up to Date The one call you don’t want to receive is from the camp nurse saying your child has chicken pox, measles or some other childhood disease—especially one that could have been prevented. Immunizations…

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Getting Ready for Swimming Pool Season? A Few Things to Know Before Pool Season. . . .

As we approach Memorial Day, many thoughts turn to our favorite summer activities. Playing in the pool and lounging by the pool are extremely popular among children and adults. However, when improper attention is paid to the people in the pool or to the pool itself, serious accidents or tragedy can occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2005-2014, an average of 3,536 deaths by drowning each year occurred. Often those injured are young children who are still learning how to swim. A pool which has poorly trained staff, dangerous equipment, or not well-maintained conditions…

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Memorial Day Weekend Safety Reminders for 2018

Memorial Day weekend hails the unofficial start of summer, and millions of people will be hitting the highways, airports, campgrounds and beaches to celebrate the occasion. However, here’s a startling statistic: Memorial Day weekend is also one of the deadliest times to be on the roads. According to CBS News, thanks to an average of 312 traffic fatalities annually, you’re four times more likely to die in a car crash during this particular holiday weekend than at any other time of year. Ironically, Memorial Day isn’t the heaviest drinking holiday—New Year’s Eve has that distinction—but it is one of the…

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Writing a Parent/Teen Prom Night Contract? Some Dos and Don’ts

For high school students, prom night represents a rite of passage; for parents, it often represents a long night of worry. Without supervision and self-restraint, a night of celebration often turns into a nightmare, with the ongoing threats of drugs, alcohol, drunk driving, STDs and more. To bring added peace of mind and hopefully reduced risk, some parents in recent years have begun creating a parent/teen prom night contract and having their children sign it. While it’s not an ironclad deterrent, it does sometimes help children remain mindful and accountable—but even so, some approaches to these contracts can be more…

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Slip-and-Fall Accidents While Intoxicated: Can You Recover Damages?

Scenario: You get together with some friends at a bar across town. It’s an older neighborhood, and the sidewalks outside are uneven due to years of tree roots growing underneath. While you were in the bar, a light snow shower left a coating of snow outside, covering a patch of black ice underneath. You’ve had several drinks and you’re a bit tipsy, so when it’s time to go, you step outside to hail a cab home. You slip on the patch of ice in front of the bar, fall and break your arm. The question: Can you recover slip-and-fall damages…

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Statewide Program in Virginia to Improve Teen Driving Safety

Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety and Virginia State Police have launched a competitive program to improve teen driving safety. The “Arrive Alive” program began on March 19 and will run through May 4. Arrive Alive is being offered to schools and youth organizations throughout the state. As part of the program, students at participating Virginia schools will compete by developing social media campaigns that encourage safe driving. The program’s goal is to help teenagers develop safe driving and passenger behaviors. Spring and summer are the deadliest time of year for teenager drivers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic…

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