Tuesday, April 21, 2015

States with Deadliest Accidents

In 2013, over 130,000 accidental deaths occurred in the United States.
Two of the leading causes of accidental deaths are motor vehicle accidents and falls.

In 18 states, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of accidental death according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is partly due to some states having less stringent motor vehicle regulations. States like Montana do not require a periodic vehicle safety inspection, which in turn, increases the number of dangerous vehicles on the road. In Mississippi, a point system isn’t used to monitor motorists driving records.

According to the CDC, in 2013 there were 33,804 motor vehicle traffic deaths in the U.S. States with the highest rates of motor vehicle accidents (deaths per 100,000 residents):

Montana- 23 deaths
Mississippi- 22.5 deaths
Louisiana- 16.4 deaths
Wyoming- 15.9 deaths

The other leading cause of accidental death is falls. There are 8 states that are reported to have falls as the leading cause of accidental death.  A few of these states are the most mountainous: Oregon, Colorado, New Hampshire and Vermont. In 2013, there were a total of 30,208 unintentional fall deaths in the U.S. according to the CDC.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Beach Safety Tips

Thousands of people flock to the beaches each year for some fun in the sun. Anyone of any age can go to the beach and have a good time. Unfortunately, beaches are also places with many risks and potential dangers.

Follow these tips that may help prevent accidents and injuries at the beach:

Inexperienced swimmers or young children should wear life jackets approved by the U.S. Coast Guard in and around the water. Flotation devices of any other form should not be used unless the individual is able to swim.

Protect yourself from a neck injury by not diving in headfirst. It’s best to check for depth or any obstructions before going for a dip.

Always pay extra attention to elderly people and children at the beach. Wave action may cause a loss of footing even in shallow water.

Wear plenty of sunscreen. It is recommended that you use a sunscreen of at least SPF30.

Rip currents pose a huge threat to beachgoers so it’s important to be very cautious. Every year, rip currents are to blame for a number of deaths. Follow these safety guidelines that can help prevent becoming a victim of a rip current:

In the event that you get caught up in a rip current, remain calm and avoid fighting the current.

Try swimming parallel to the shore until you get out of the current. Once you’re free, turn and swim in the direction of the shore.

If you are unable to swim to the shore, tread water or float until you are free from the rip current’s grasp.

Draw attention to yourself by calling or waving for help.

Always remain at least 100 feet away from jetties or piers since it’s common for rip currents to exist around these structures.

If you see someone that’s in trouble while they’re in the water, seek immediate help from a lifeguard. If no lifeguard is available, tell someone to call 911 and throw the victim something that will float (lifejacket, inflatable ball, cooler).

Whenever at the beach, always check to see if there are any warning flags up or ask the lifeguard about the water conditions.  You can also do a self-assessment of the water conditions before entering.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BBQ Safety Tips

Grilling is something many people enjoy doing, especially in the summer months. Unfortunately, grilling can also be a risky and dangerous activity. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2007-2011, gas grills were involved in an average of 7,200 home fires annually. Charcoal and other solid-fueled grills constituted an average of 1,400 home fires annually.

The following are a few safety tips that may help prevent a home fire or injury when using a grill:

When using your grill, always keep it at least 10 feet away from your house or any trees.

Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing. Loose clothing has a higher chance of catching fire.

Have a fire extinguisher within reach in the event of an out-of-control or accidental fire. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, have a hose ready.

If you intend to grill on a wooden deck, wet down the area thoroughly before you start cooking.

Avoid using lighter fluid. Not only is lighter fluid not good for flavor, it can be very dangerous if you attempt to add it to charcoal that is already hot.

Keep alcohol away from the grill as its very flammable.

Keep children at least 10 feet away from the grill at all times.

Make sure your grates are not filled with gunk or grease, as they can easily catch fire.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Preventing Lawn Mower Accidents & Injuries

Injuries sustained from lawn mowers send thousands of people to the emergency room each year. These accidents typically involve serious injuries to the hands, fingers, and feet and can result in reconstructive surgery. It’s important to avoid distractions when handling lawn equipment and to keep children safe.

Here are a few safety tips that may help prevent a lawn mower-related accident:

Use lawn mowers that come equipped with a control that stops the blade if you release the handle.

Never allow children under 12 years or age to operate a push lawn mower.

Never allow children under 16 years of age to operate a driving lawn mower.

Never take children for a ride on the lawn mower.

When mowing the lawn, wear sturdy shoes and avoid sandals or sneakers.

To prevent injuries from flying objects, remove any stones, toys or objects from the lawn before mowing.

Always power off the mower and wait for the blades to stop moving before making any repairs, unclogging the discharge chute, removing the grass catcher or when crossing roads or paths.

Never mow in reverse or pull a lawn mower backwards unless you absolutely must. If you must use the lawn mower in reverse, make sure there are no children in the path.

Never use your hands or feet when removing debris from the machine. A stick or a broom is safer at completing this task.

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