7 Tips for Smart & Safe Holiday Decorating

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The holidays are here, and for many, winter festivities begin by retrieving heavy boxes marked “Christmas” from the attic.

Between holiday shopping for your loved ones and competing with your neighbors for the brightest outdoor light display, you might feel rushed while getting your house up to par for Good Ol’ Saint Nick. We don’t often stop to think beyond our color scheme when it comes to holiday decorating. But the time-honored trimming of the Christmas tree, the lighting of a menorah or the lining of rooftops with strings of brightly colored bulbs doesn’t come without its dangers.

Our goal in today’s blog is to simply bring out a few tips, and for a more in-depth list of DO’s and DONT’s, take a look at this page from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to a chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year there were about 240 visits to the emergency room every day during the holiday season for holiday-related injuries. The CPSP estimates that this year, 1,300 fires from Christmas trees and candles will occur, leading to 150 emergency room visits and up to 20 fatalities. The agency is imploring holiday enthusiasts to remain attentive when decorating their homes.

Smart Tips for Safely Enjoying the Holidays

Prevention is the best plan of attack when it comes to staying safe during the holidays. The tips below will help ensure your holidays are filled with joy—not trips to the ER.
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How To Avoid Breaking Your Wrist In a Fall

No one likes to fall, but as we all know, it happens. In fact, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, this common type of accident sends approximately 7.9 million individuals of all ages to U.S. emergency rooms each year.

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Could many of these falls have been prevented? Maybe not. The injuries, however, are a different story.

As strange as it may sound, falling correctly (yep, it’s a skill) can help avoid a broken wrist or other debilitating injuries, lost work days, lengthy recoveries, and mounting medical bills.

Should We Follow Our Instincts During a Fall?

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Stay Safe With These Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving

Winter Holiday Driving Tips

The winter season is an exciting time of year. A lot of us travel to see friends and family. Maybe we’re lucky enough to break-up the winter blues with a vacation at a ski lodge, or a get-away to a balmy beach locale. This is a heavily traveled time of year, but road conditions are not always great.

Wintertime can be especially harsh on vehicles, roads, and the drivers who use them. Pavement erosion, inclement weather, poor visibility and unprepared vehicles and drivers can make winter commuting dangerous and unpredictable.

Are you ready for being out on the road during winter? Taking a few moments to prepare and protect your family against winter driving dangers is essential and could spare you from potential disaster. You can help ensure you and your family members are safe in the snow this season by taking a few simple precautions now.

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Daylight Savings Time Ends and Standard Time Brings More Darkness…..and Pedestrian Accidents: How to Protect Your Kids

No Time for Driver Negligence

The end of Daylight Savings Time (DST) in New England comes on the heels of Halloween, after the topic of child pedestrian safety is still fresh in the minds of many parents. The time change also shrouds neighborhoods in the afternoon and evening hours with dark skies, when children are walking home from school alongside tired Connecticut drivers meandering through neighborhoods on their way home from work, many who are driving just as fast as when it’s light out.

It’s important that children know how to safely travel on foot when the nights are longer; however, pedestrian-related accidents occurring around DST are ultimately tied back to driver negligence. Read on for more about how you can help make our streets safer for kids when it’s dark out.

How Drivers Can Help Keep Kids Safe

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Chronic Neck Pain Following an Injury

Are You Still Suffering From Whiplash Neck Pain?

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It’s quite common to experience some type of neck pain and stiffness following a car accident. Just the sheer force of impact can cause the entire body to tighten, let alone cause neck injuries that may not become evident for days, weeks, even months after the accident. Whiplash is the most common neck injury, but muscle tears, spinal fractures, and nerve damage can also occur, hide and gradually arise.

When symptoms appear after the fact, it’s not unusual to assume that the neck injury is minor and will heal with time; however, most often, symptoms linger, get worse, or appear in other parts of the body such as the back, head, shoulders, and limbs. Continue reading

Protecting Your Teen Driver

Keeping Your New Driver Safe on the Road

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If you’re ready to turn the car keys over to an eager teen, it’s quite possible your mind is teeming with questions and concerns about safety and how to protect your teen f: Will my teen be a safe driver? How can I protect my teen against reckless drivers? How can I prevent them from using their phone while driving? What’s the safest car my teenager can drive? Rest assured, there are a number of ways you can help prepare, protect and guide your son or daughter so they never have a car accident as a teen driver.

What’s a Parent to Do?

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Seeing a Doctor After Your Accident Even if You Feel Fine

What do you do following a car accident?

While the immediate steps may come to mind – pulling off to the side of the road, filing a police report and exchanging insurance information with the other parties – what about your injuries? It can be easy to disregard them in the confusion and shock, but your health plays a critical role in a car accident claim if you choose to file one. Continue reading

Uber Stripped of Operating License in London Amid Safety Concerns

Sexual Assault, Battery and Rape Allegations Continue to Plague Tech Platform

london strips uber of operations licenseTravel options can make daily or occasional commuting easier, cheaper, and in many cases, safer. But what happens when a widely used commuting choice is deemed unsafe? That’s the most recent dilemma ride-hailing company Uber, its customers and drivers, are facing in one of the world’s largest cities: London.

Background on Uber’s Public Safety Strife

Transport for London (TFL) has decided on the “grounds of public safety and security” that the popular ride service is not fit to hold a license in London. As a result, the regulator refused to renew Uber’s license to operate due to “corporate irresponsibility.” Continue reading

Connecticut Police Join Efforts to Stop Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving is No Accident

In 2016, a New York City nonprofit, Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets, created a hashtag campaign “Crash, Not Accident” or #crashnotaccident. The word “accident” has been used reflexively and it’s no coincidence. Dating back to the industrial revolution, manufacturing juggernauts encouraged the word “accident” to be used by newspaper journalists when reporting a death in a factory which more than likely was caused by disrepair, fatigued employees, and other unsafe conditions.

The word “accident” caught on and was then used in the boom of the 1920s in order to prevent the fear of riding in cars, and thus the word “car accident” became popular.

A Car Accident Is Not An Accident – It Is Negligence

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Is Marijuana a Threat to Road Safety?

drug use linked to auto accidentsCould the legalization of marijuana be responsible for more car accidents on roads and freeways?

While recreational use of pot is still illegal throughout Connecticut, a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluated crash rates in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon – all states where it’s legal to purchase and use marijuana for enjoyment. Factors considered in the study included age, gender, number of drivers on the road, weather, and employment.

Collision Risks Linked To Pot Legalization

The study found that collision claims in these states went up 2.7 percent in the years since legal recreational marijuana sales began. Senior Vice President of the Highway Loss Data Institute commented on the data, saying “We believe that…those crash risks are associated with the legalization of marijuana.” Continue reading