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A Quick Bicycle Helmet Refresher

September 2nd, 2015

You know that your child is required to wear a helmet while riding their bicycle. You may even wear a helmet yourself when you are out on your two wheels. Knowing what you should be doing, and even doing it, does not mean that it is being done correctly. Brush up on your knowledge with the following helmet how-to.

Proper Fit

Never go to the store and buy the first helmet that you see. Even if your little one is begging for the purple helmet with sparkles, it may not be the best choice. A helmet should fit snugly on the head without being too large or too small. Always have your child try on several helmets to find the right size.

Proper Wear

It is not enough to find a helmet that fits correctly if your child is going to wear it haphazardly. A helmet should be placed on the head so that the front covers the majority of the forehead. The helmet should never be tipped back or forward. Secure all of the straps and adjust them so that the helmet does not twist around on the head.

After a Crash

The typical bike helmet has one good Read more

Posted In: Bicycle Accidents, Safety Tips

Constructing the Perfect Portable First Aid Kit

August 31st, 2015

Do you have a first aid kit in your home? What about in the car or on your boat? For many people, a few boxes of adhesive bandages tossed in the cupboard account for the entirety of their “kit.” If you want to be safe, no matter where you go, a portable first aid kit is one of the easiest things to put together. Instead of making several separate kits, you can make one and take it with you on the go.

Box

The first thing to decide is what you will be using to keep your supplies together. A soft-sided lunch box, a child’s backpack, or even a tackle box make great portable containers. Chances are you can find one of these things at the local dollar store or on sale at your favorite big box store.

Supplies

The size of your kit will depend on the number of people in your family. The Red Cross has released its recommendations for building a first aid kit for a family of four. Supplies should include:

One Each of:

  • Adhesive cloth tape
  • Space blanket
  • Breathing barrier
  • Instant cold compress
  • 3-inch roller bandage
  • 4-inch roller bandage
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet
Read more Posted In: Safety Tips

Driving Safely with Your Best Friend

August 28th, 2015

It is not unusual to see people driving down the road with a dog in the car. Maybe you have even grinned to yourself after witnessing the joy on a dog’s face as it hangs its head out of the window, wind whipping through its ears. As fun to see as this is, it is actually a dangerous practice for both the driver and the animal.

Many pet owners do not stop to consider that their pets can become projectiles in car crashes. Owners often fail to realize that hanging a head out of the window can be damaging to a pet’s eyes. Here are tips for traveling with your pet the right way.

Carriers

Cats and small dogs should be secured in a carrier in the back seat of your car. The carrier can be secured with the seat belt, and the animal can be locked safely inside. This prevents your pet from sliding or flying forward when you are forced to slam on the brakes.

Harness and Seat Belt

If you prefer to let your dog have a bit of freedom in the backseat, use a harness and seat belt combination instead of a carrier. There are Read more

Posted In: Safety Tips

Construction Worker Falls Four Stories

August 26th, 2015

download (24)Emergency crews were called to a construction site to assist an injured construction worker on Tuesday morning in the uptown area of Charlotte.

The worker had fallen and was suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries on the four story building. Fire crews used a basket top bring the worker down after nearly a half an hour after their arrival. The injured worker was transported to an area hospital.

If you are injured on the job, you may be able to collect financial damages for a workplace injury or accident. Injured workers and their families need to keep detailed and accurate records of the entire incident and their treatment. Some of the things that need to be documented are:

  • The time or number of days you are off the job.
  • Keep all correspondence between your employer and yourself regarding your injury or illness.
  • Records of all medical treatments including dates, names of physicians, out of pocket costs or those that you turn in to your insurance company.
  • Keep record of all of the mileage traveled both to and from your medical treatments and doctor’s appointments.
  • Keep all receipts for any and all out-of-pocket prescription costs and other related medical expenses and costs
Read more Posted In: In The News, Workers' Compensation

Boating Safely with Your Children

August 26th, 2015

When you take your children in the car, you make sure they are secured into the proper restraint system. When you brought your new bundle of joy home, you made sure your house was baby-proof. Boating with infants and toddlers is no different.

Before you step aboard the boat with your little ones, you need to prepare for travel by following tips such as:

Childproofing Your Boat

Just like you made your house baby and toddler-proof, do the same to your boat. Look for any loose or dangerous objects and secure them properly. Topside equipment should be placed out of reach of interested hands. The same goes for safety gear like flares and flare guns. Areas where your safety gear is stored should be off limits to your little ones.

Be alert to trip and fall hazards on your vessel. Anything that you need to use regularly should be within your grasp, but not that of your child. Don’t forget to get down to your child’s level and cruise around your cabin. This is a great way to spot things that you may have missed.

Life Jackets

Life jackets made for adults are not safe for children. Make sure Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident

ATV Safety Tips

August 24th, 2015

Accidents are just an unfortunate fact of life. Most of us will be involved in at least one at some point.  There are a great many of these accidents that are caused by someone being careless or disregarding the law, but there are just as many that could be avoided if people only take the proper precautions before driving. Remembering safety at all times is very important. In fact, it can save lives. Whether one is riding an ATV, driving a car, or on a bicycle, the proper procedures must be followed at all times. Car drivers should always be aware of off-road vehicles or motorcycles. If driving a car, it’s important to slow down when seeing an off-road vehicle out on the road. They may be preparing to turn off the road to follow a trail. Or they maybe be preparing to drive onto the road again. Keep a close on them and slow down until it’s clear what’s about to happen next. ATV drivers should always remember the following:

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Check your tires regularly.
  • Use hand signals on the road.
  • Do not ride an overloaded vehicle.
  • Always wear protective boots.
  • Never drink alcohol while using
Read more Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News

Boating Stressors Increase Chances of Accident

August 24th, 2015

Knowing the stressors involved with boating can help keep you safe on the water. Many people mistakenly think that boating is no different than driving. Unfortunately, they quickly find out that it is much different indeed. While driving great distances can encourage fatigue, there are more stressors on a boat than in a car such as:

Sun Glare

The sun bouncing off of the water and into your eyes is tiring. Think of driving into the sun for hours on end with no visor to help you. Anyone driving a boat is encouraged to wear a pair of sunglasses that blocks the sun’s rays from the front and the sides to help reduce glare and fatigue.

Motion

You have seen mothers rocking babies to put them to sleep. Imagine what driving a boat all afternoon can do to you. The persistent rocking of a boat can cause you to become drowsy quickly. For some people, this rocking can cause motion sickness, a problem in and of itself.

Vibration

Feeling a constant vibration under your feet and beneath your hands can make you tired. It is suggested that you stand on a shock-absorbing mat or take frequent breaks from standing still Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips

Boating Safety is the Operator’s Responsibility

August 21st, 2015

If you plan on entertaining anyone on your boat, or you plan on renting a boat for you and your family, it is important to remember that everyone’s safety begins with you. As the operator of the vessel, you may think that whether or not your guests have a good time is your responsibility. Not so. Your primary objective is to make sure that everyone returns to shore healthy and well. Here are your responsibilities:

Maintenance

Before you head out on your boat, make sure that it is in proper working order. Take a look at the inside of the boat, and clear any tripping hazards, any dangerous chemicals, and anything else that could cause injury to your guests.

Weather

You cannot control the weather, but you can be prepared for it. Never leave the dock without first checking the weather. Very few boaters have the experience to handle a major storm in the middle of the ocean.

Safety

All safety equipment that is required by law should be on or in your vessel. Make sure that the equipment is in good condition. You and any guest aboard your boat should be outfitted with a life vest.

Float Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips

Woman Accused of Huffing while Driving

August 20th, 2015

downloadA woman has been placed under arrest and charged with driving on a suspended license after she ‘huffed” chemicals from an aerosol can in front of Del Ray police.

According to Del Ray police records, Cheyenne Wall, 24, of West Palm Beach, crashed her Acura Integra into a cement pole. Witnesses at the scene said they saw Wall slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle when it crashed into the pole.

Wall told police she didn’t know how the crash took place. She also claimed being tired after having been up the previous night after being evicted from a recovery house in Latana.

Police did a background check on Wall and found that her Indiana driver’s license was currently suspended. Police had Wall’s vehicle towed from the scene and impounded.

Officers were writing a traffic citation for Wall and she had been instructed to sit on the sidewalk. The officer heard a loud hissing noise and found Wall laid out on the sidewalk with a can of computer dusting solvent in her hand.

The canned solvent is used to clean computers and computer parts and is readily available at office supply and box stores. Drug abusers will often use Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News

Reasons People Use to Skip Commuting by Bicycle

August 19th, 2015

Have you ever wondered why more people don’t choose to commute to work or school by bicycle? It seems a valid option, particularly when living in a big city. You may think that people are just too lazy to pedal on two wheels instead of driving four, but you may be wrong. Here are the top five reasons people give for sticking with the car.

Danger

The number one reason often given is the danger factor. There is undoubtedly a risk associated with cycling, but it is far less than people may think. A group called Exponent conducted a study of cycling safety. The number of fatalities, per million of hours of exposure, was less for cycling than it was for driving.

Distance

Some have simply determined that they work or study too far away from home to make cycling a sensible option. This may be true, but successful commuters have determined that taking the bus or train halfway and biking the rest is an easy thing to do.

Expense

There is a general train of thought that goes something like this: “If I want to commute, I need an expensive bike.” This is not the case at all. Read more

Posted In: Bicycle Accidents
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