The Most Common Leaf Raking Injuries — And How to Avoid Them

Leaf raking may be a hallmark of the autumn season, but it can also be surprisingly risky. From slips and falls to overuse, a variety of aches and pains can arrive as you tackle fallen leaves. Next time you head outdoors to rake leaves on a brisk fall day, take extra care to avoid these common injuries: Broken or Twisted Ankle Many leaf raking injuries can be blamed on wet leaves, which make it far too easy to slip and fall. Stumbles can also occur if you accidentally step in shallow divots covered by leaves. To reduce the risk of injury,…

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Understanding Seat Belt Laws in DC, Virginia, and Maryland

  Fortunately, the days where seatbelts were optional are over. However, just because it’s illegal to not wear a seatbelt, doesn’t mean everyone wears a seat belt while in the car. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that of the 37,133 people that were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, 47% were not wearing seat belts. Tragically, that percentage is even higher for teenagers ages 13 to 15 (54%). Safety The most important reason to always wear a seat belt is because seat belts save lives. The NHTSA reports that between 1960 and 2012, seat belts…

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Crash Statistics: Drivers Involved in Crashes Admit Risky Behavior

  Distracted driving continues to be a major cause of accidents in America. While this unlikely comes as a surprise, what is surprising is how little improvement has been made. Recently, AAA released a report that analyzed data from drivers involved in at least one crash in the last two years. Here are some of their key findings: 50% of those involved in a recent crash admit to talking on a hand-held device while driving in the past month, compared to 42% not involved in a crash. 43% of those involved in a recent crash admit to texting while driving…

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How to Stay Safe While Attending Political Events in D.C.

  As a D.C. resident, you enjoy numerous opportunities to get involved in the political process. If you’re like many locals, your primary form of engagement involves rallies, marches, and other public gatherings. These occasions may be instrumental in sparking change, but they can also be dangerous. Don’t let that stop you from exercising your voice — implement these practices to protect yourself: Take COVID Precautions Most D.C. political events currently take place outside, where the risk of COVID transmission is reasonably law. Still, the sheer number of people — and the potential for crowds — makes it extra important…

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Driving Safety Tips After Taking a Break Due to Lockdown

  After a long break from school or work, you’re about to resume some semblance of normalcy, complete with a mask and social distancing. You’re also going to discover the greatest silver lining of quarantine: no commute. Now that you’re back on the road, you might be surprised by how rusty your driving skills have become. Keep these auto safety tips in mind as you once again get behind the wheel: Review Your Vehicle’s Maintenance If your car has been sitting in the garage for several months, you’ve likely acquired a case of ‘lot rot,’ in which a lack of…

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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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