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  • Are You at Risk for Food Poisoning?

    Sometimes it seems as if every couple of weeks grocery stores or food manufacturers announce a new recall due to the potential of a product's carrying a foodborne disease. With increased news reports over the years talking about foodborne illnesses, public awareness about causes, symptoms, and the general risks has increased. Unfortunately, thousands of people still die each year from one type of ...
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  • Youth Traffic Safety: A Continuing Concern

    Life can be hard to navigate, and if you become a parent, it’s common to find yourself wishing that your kids would learn from your mistakes rather than repeat them. Some lessons transfer easily: look both ways before crossing the street, don’t talk to strangers, wear sunscreen. But others are a sign of the times: change your passwords often, be careful what you post, don’t participate in sexting. ...
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  • Trucks Parked Illegally Could Pose Major Safety Threat

    As one of the primary means of transport for goods in this country, it seems the road is always packed with tractor-trailers. No matter what time of day you find yourself behind the wheel, chances are high that you will share the road with several large trucks. And they can be intimidating – drifting out of their lane, losing tire tread, barreling down on cars. But have you ever considered that ...
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  • Smartphones Contribute to Distracted Driving, Right?

    A person's confidence in his or her own skills paired with the convenience of mobile phones make talking or texting while driving a nearly unavoidable temptation. It’s hard to remember the days when it wasn't possible to instantly update your ETA to a friend, find a different route when you make a wrong turn, or take that important business call. While multitasking can be an effective use of time, ...
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  • Fewer Teens are Getting a Driver's License, but is That a Good Thing?

    It used to be that earning a driver’s license was the most anticipated rite of adolescence. In the age of ride-sharing and interaction through social media, there has been a significant decrease in the number of teenage drivers. One survey places the share of high school seniors who have a driver’s license at a record low of 71.5 percent – down from 85.3 percent in 1996. More and more teens are ...
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  • Prepare for Boating Season with These 8 Safety Tips

    One of the perks of living in Florida is that we have a much bigger window in which to enjoy outdoor activities. Boating is a favorite pastime for locals and tourists alike, and while you can pretty much boat any time of the year in the Sunshine State, things start to pick up noticeably in the spring season. Enjoying the beauty of the open water is an amazing experience, but it is not without its ...
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  • Florida Leads the Nation in Motorcycle Injuries

    Florida's famous sunshine and nearly perfect weather is what draws a lot of people to the state. Because of this ideal climate, it's no wonder that many of Florida's residents and visitors can be seen taking to the streets on motorcycles. Yet with the large number of motorcycles on the road comes an increased risk for motorcycle crashes. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety ...
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  • Traffic Laws Have a Direct Impact on Road Safety

    Florida has only 5 of 15 laws suggested by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. A reduction in costs and fatalities would likely result if laws were passed for things such as: Primary enforcement rear seat belt Booster seats Minimum age of 16 for a learner’s permit No nighttime time driving for learners Restricted passengers for intermediate-stage drivers No use of cellular devices for teens ...
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  • South Florida Weather Puts Drivers at Risk of Injury from Defective Airbags

    Contrary to popular belief, airbags are not soft pillows that float out like clouds when needed. Rather, these supplemental restraints more closely resemble tightly packed explosives. The inflation system is comparable to that of a solid rocket booster , and deployment clocks in at almost 200 miles per hour. Activation comes without warning, filling the space and beginning to deflate in less time ...
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  • Drunk(er) Driving in Florida?

    In 2015, there were 2,656 DUI arrests just in Miami-Dade county -- the second highest number in the 31,783 such arrests made statewide. There were also almost 800 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Florida that year, representing 27 percent of all traffic deaths and a 14.8 percent increase over 2014. Thousands more were injured in alcohol-related crashes. This continues year after year, despite ...
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  • Fighting Denials of Life Insurance Claims

    With its roots in ancient Roman times, the concept of life insurance found its way to the U.S. in the 1760s. Not offered to the working class until the 1870s, sales increased dramatically after the first World War. These days, approximately three in five Americans have some type of life insurance and another 34% are likely to buy it in the coming year. Coverage needs vary, based on personal ...
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  • Wednesday, May 24, is Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

    “Benny the Bearamedic” may sound like a cute and cuddly creation, but he exists to bring awareness to a very serious matter – specialized emergency care for children. The need for quality pediatric emergency medical care is so important that it is highlighted annually during Emergency Medical Services Week (EMS). Started in 1974, EMS Week runs May 21 st through 27 th this year. May 24 th is EMS ...
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  • Fighting Fire With Fire: Apps Aim to Prevent Distracted Driving

    Ever use your phone while driving? If you said no, you're probably not being entirely truthful. Sending or reading texts at a stop light counts, by the way. Even if you've never posted to social media while driving, most people are guilty of using apps or messaging while behind the wheel. It's almost habit; and since most of us feel like we are good drivers, we don’t believe that the dangers ...
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  • Dehumidifiers are Dangerous: Fires and Recalls

    Defective dehumidifiers made by Gree and Midea have been overheating and linked to destructive fires. Sold at well-known national retailers as well as on secondary markets, consumers have to be careful. If you have a dehumidifier, stop using it and unplug it until you have a chance to determine whether it is subject to recall. By entering the brand name, model number, and date code from the label ...
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  • The Dark Side of Solar Panels

    The epitome of clean energy, solar power is a thriving sector across the country. This renewable resource is increasingly affordable with small-scale rooftop system prices dropping almost 30 percent from 2010 to 2013 and large-scale system costs dropping even more. In sunny locations, a five-kilowatt home rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system produces enough yearly kilowatt hours to meet the ...
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