Washington Gas Fined $750,000 Following Deadly Flower Branch Apartments Explosion


  On August 10, 2016, an explosion rocked the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Maryland, killing seven people and injuring dozens more.  Following a lengthy investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the cause of the explosion was likely due to a disconnected vent line and the failure of a mercury service regulator, equipment that controls the pressure of natural gas entering a building. In 2003, Washington Gas sought a rate increase to launch its mercury service regulator replacement program.  It estimated that more than 66,000 mercury service regulators, each 40-60 years old, would be replaced with…

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Is Your Christmas Décor Increasing Your Risk of Home Fire?


Did you know that half of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February? And that the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve? While it is fun to decorate for the winter holidays, it is especially important that you do so in a way that doesn’t compromise the safety of those you love. To help decrease your risk of a home fire, the NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration teamed up to help offer some decorating tips for the holiday season. Here are some of their suggestions:…

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Caution for Excessive Hygiene and Hand Sanitizer


How Our Newfound Obsession with Hygiene And Hand Sanitizer Might Eventually Backfire Our understanding of COVID-19 has come a long way since the early days of the pandemic. Over time, researchers have discovered that transmission is far more likely to occur due to respiratory droplets and close contact than on surfaces. Hence, while hand-washing and sanitizer remain important, they might not play as large a role in mitigation as we initially assumed. There’s no need to let up on hygienic efforts just yet. However, we must nonetheless consider the potential downsides of taking such behavior to an excess: The Danger…

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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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Johns Hopkins’ Doctor says claims of toning shoes are “utter nonsense” | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog


You’ve seen them on TV and in advertisements in magazines and catalogs.  You may have even heard Joe Montana sing their praises.  But,  as USA Today reports, some doctors are coming out against so-called “rocker” or “toning” shoes.  They say the shoes can easily inflame wearers’ Achilles tendons by forcing the heel to rest lower than the ball of the foot. MBT, one manufacturer of the shoes, claims they help with knee and back problems, neck tension, and joint pain and tone your abs, glutes, calves, and thighs.  However, the preliminary studies they cite are not double-blinded and don’t actually…

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May Is Electrical Safety Month | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog


By Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Each year, the Electrical Safety Foundation International sponsors May as National Electrical Safety Month. This May, ESFI’s focus is the Buyer Beware Anti-Counterfeiting Campaign to help raise awareness about dangerous and defective counterfeit electrical products that are threatening to harm public health and safety.  ESFI has a buyer beware fact sheet and a tool kit that professionals and consumers can use to educate the public about this very serious problem. According to  ESFI, “unlike fake handbags, watches, or designer apparel, these fraudulent products such as circuit breakers, power strips, extension cords, batteries, hair dryers, and holiday…

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