Holiday movies are a tradition for many families. One of the most popular families depicted in these movies is the Griswold family. We love to laugh at their mishaps and roll our eyes at their misadventures. Unfortunately, what is funny on the big — or small — screen is not always funny in real life. As exaggerated as the Griswolds’ situations may be, they have a grain of truth to them. If you want to have a safe and happy holiday season, avoid these mistakes.
- Extension Cords
Many people light up the outside of their homes for the holidays. If you count yourself among the masses, do yourself a favor: Use outdoor extension cords. Indoor cords are not meant to be used outside. They are not weather- or waterproof. Also keep in mind that extension cords are not meant to be used for hours on end. Turn off the lights when you go to bed.
Candles can make our homes smell wonderful, and the flickering lights can be relaxing. Do not forget to blow out candles when you go to bed or leave the house. If you do light candles, make sure they are in proper holders. Read more Posted In: Safety Tips
A construction worker was critically injured after falling 20 feet from a scissor lift to a concrete floor on Wednesday. According to authorities, the 45 -year-old worker fell in an industrial incident at a facility located in the 1800 block of Highway 5A in Canada. He was transported to Royal Inland Hospital where he later underwent surgery.
Work Safe B.C. and the Kamloops RCMP have launched a joint investigation which police say is ongoing.
When you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury on the job, it can be an agonizing experience not just for the person who has been injured, but for their family as well. With the high cost of medical treatment, and the potential loss of income for being off the job recovering from their injuries, the bills can pile up quickly.
While the money awarded in a worker’s compensation settlement can give some relief to injured workers and their families, more often than not, it is nowhere near enough money to cover all expenses incurred after an accident. That’s when having a qualified and experienced attorney working for you can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Before signing any sort of statement with Read more Posted In: In The News, Workers' Compensation
The holidays are a time of year when we gather with friends and family and celebrate the things that we hold dear. The holidays are also a time when unique situations present the possibility of injury and accident. Follow these tips to keep the inside of your home safe for your family and friends this season.
- The Tree
Keep your kids and pets in mind when you decorate the tree. Little ones will want to grab shiny ornaments and pets will want to play with tinsel. If you have breakable ornaments, put them towards the top of your tree. Keep larger, plastic ornaments towards the bottom where little hands can reach.
- Watch the Lights
Everyone loves beautiful holiday lights. Check them regularly, especially if you have kids and pets. Make sure they are plugged in properly, make sure the cords are not frayed, and be sure that no connections are loose.
- Toxic Plants
There are several types of plants that can be toxic to humans and pets. Mistletoe berries, Jerusalem cherries and holly berries are poisonous in certain amounts. If a child or pet eats a piece of a toxic plant, contact the proper medical professionals immediately. You Read more Posted In: Safety Tips
Throughout the country, fall is hunting season. Hunters are donning their camouflage and flare orange safety gear and heading into the woods. There are also a great deal of people that are simply heading outdoors to enjoy the crisp, fall air. While hunters are typically well-versed in the safety of the season, non-hunters may be a bit wary as they head into the forest and onto bike trails. Follow these safety tips for non-hunters to make sure that you and yours fully enjoy the outdoors.
- Make Noise
Do not sneak around in the woods. You don’t need to stir up every animal in the forest, but hunters should be aware of your presence. Talk in a normal tone of voice, whistle or sing.
- Bright Clothing
Hunters wear bright clothing so that they can see one another, and you should, too. Make yourself as visible as possible. Fluorescent yellow, green or orange are your best options. Avoid colors that will make you blend in with the trees.
- Hunting Season
Know when hunting season is being held in your area. Know the times that hunting is permissible. This can help you avoid certain areas and know when it is safe to enter Read more Posted In: Safety Tips
If you drive tired, stressed, depressed, annoyed or angry, you are a distracted driver. Many people don’t consider that emotions can take a toll on the way that we drive, but they most definitely do. If your mind is occupied by anything but the task of driving safely, you are distracted and pose a danger to yourself and others on the road. Here’s what you can do.
- Angry or Upset?
You get into the car just moments after getting bad news. You get into an argument with your teenager just seconds before you get behind the wheel. Before you head off down the road, take a few deep breaths. If that doesn’t work, get out of the car and take a brisk walk down the block. You may think that you don’t have time, but you’ll be even later getting to your destination if you get into an accident.
There are a few steps you can take to rid yourself of depression so that you can drive. One such step is working to focus all of your energy on the road ahead. Turn on the radio, listen to a humorous audiobook or tune into talk radio. Do something that Read more Posted In: Car Accidents, Distracted Driving
If you have visited any big box store in the recent weeks, one fact is glaringly obvious: The holidays are here. As happy and joyful as the holidays are meant to be, they are also stressful and, for some, full of anxiety. We tend to overstretch ourselves during the holidays and quite easily overdue it. If you don’t reign it in, you not only deal with stress, but you put yourself in danger of causing or being involved in an accident.
Pay Attention to the Weather
No matter how many invitations you accept, let the weather dictate how many parties you will attend. If the driving conditions are hazardous, kindly give your regards and stay home. Do not feel guilty about not being able to attend a get together, and do not feel so pressured that you take chances on roads that are better left untraveled.
Wait Until the Holidays are Over
Do you have to spend Thanksgiving with your extended family? Of course not. Some experts suggest thinking outside the box and postpone some celebrations for after the frenzy of the holiday season. You can turn any night into Thanksgiving. You can travel to visit family after your Read more Posted In: Safety Tips
Road rage is never a good situation to find oneself in. However, a quick thinking motorist in Conover, North Carolina used the camera feature on his cellphone to capture video footage of a road rage incident that unfolded right in front of him.
Dustin Curtis posted his video on his Facebook page and also took it to local authorities.
The incident happened while Curtis was on Highway 70 last week when he witnessed two SUVs apparently trying to cut each other off in traffic.
While he was watching he thought that the situation should be recorded so he grabbed his cellphone and started shooting what was happening in front of him.
Shown in the video clip is a white Blazer and a black Lexus SUV driving around each other with the drivers occasionally slamming the brakes. According to witnesses, one driver cut the other off, and they pursued each other for more than a mile.
“The incident ended when one vehicle, the black Lexus SUV pulled in front of the Blazer, causing an accident. The vehicles collided then both spun out in the roadway.
The drivers confronted each other but there was no assault between the two drivers. One of Read more Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News
Here is a simple truth: Dog bites are dangerous. Whether you are bitten by a pit bull or a dachshund (the most aggressive breed, surprisingly), a dog bite can be disfiguring, not to mention incredibly painful. As the holidays approach and you begin planning your celebrations, it’s important to remember that dog bites can be prevented. Especially when the dog is your own.
No matter how friendly your dog is, the stress of the holidays can bring about behavioral changes in your animal. With the fast pace of the season, your dog can easily become stressed or even frightened. The friendliest dog may lash out due to a mood change or a perceived need to protect itself. Do yourself and your guests a favor by learning how to read your dog and take the appropriate steps to keep everyone protected.
- Stick to a Routine
Dogs are creatures of habit. You know this. Think of how many times your dog has woken you up just a minute before your alarm has gone off. Think of how often your dog runs into its kennel when it’s time for you to go to work. Dogs love routine and predictability. Try to stick Read more Posted In: Dog and Animal Attacks
When most people think of slips and falls and a specific season, they think of winter. It’s important to know that there are two major culprits of slip and fall injuries surrounding us right now. Firmly into autumn, leaves are falling and daylight is reduced. Either of these things can greatly heighten your chance of a slip and fall injury. Here’s how.
Not only are leaves coating the ground and making it difficult to see what we are walking on, but they can fill holes, dents and divots. If you are walking on unfamiliar sidewalks, consider carrying a walking stick or some type of pole. Tap the ground in front of you as you walk to find uneven areas before you twist your ankle walking over them.
Wet leaves can also be dangerous. In fact, wet leaves can be as dangerous as ice. Wet leaves are also difficult to rake. The safest thing you can do is to clear leaves from your walks and driveways as soon as possible.
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With daylight savings time, you may be faced with glaring sunlight directly in your eyes as you drive to and from work. Grab a good pair of sunglasses Read more
Imagine a future where a car could avoid a potential accident on the road. That is exactly what happened when an UberSelect driver was behind the wheel of his Tesla Model S recently when another driver suddenly turned in front of him. The car’s self-braking technology stopped the car for the driver and the accident was avoided.
According to Tesla Representatives, owners of the Model S can enjoy features that make the car safer and more reliable on the road than most other vehicles. Drivers are able to maintain their speed; stay centered within their lane and will prevent drivers from making a lane change if there is something in the car’s blind spot.
The car has built in radars and ultrasonic sensors and cameras that can detect objects and movement within a 16-foot radius around the vehicle.
“We trust our customers, and we expect them to be responsible,” said Khobi Brooklyn, a representative for Tesla Motors.
With cars on the road that act to assist drivers by keeping them in their lane and maintaining vehicle speed or braking when a potentially dangerous situation is sensed by the vehicle, some accidents may be able to be avoided.
Not everyone owns Read more Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News
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