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  • December is National Safe Toys & Gifts Month

    The holiday season makes December a popular time for purchasing gifts to celebrate our loved ones, especially the children in our lives. Accordingly, toys are big business. The NPD Group estimates that last year, U.S. retail sales of toys were $18.08 billion; December alone saw a six percent growth over 2013. Whether action figures or dolls, puzzles or paint sets, models or musical instruments, ...
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  • ‘Tis the Season to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

    Motor vehicle accidents don’t observe holidays. There are no free passes from the risks of impaired driving, which increase dramatically at this time of the year. Alcohol is pervasive in American society and, as such, often plays a major role in many of the season’s celebrations. From office parties to family get-togethers, catching up with old friends to winding down from shopping stresses, it is ...
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  • A Different Kind of Miami Heat

    In South Florida, fire damage tends to take a back seat to concerns about hurricane damage, particularly high winds and flooding. Yet, fires can happen at any time of the year and can be incredibly devastating. People who have experienced a fire have to deal with injuries, property destruction, loss of a sense of personal security and possibly even death of a loved one. Trying to put your life ...
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  • Ridesharing in South Florida Raises Tricky Questions

    Thanks to Uber and Lyft, “ridesharing” has recently become a hot topic. Often likened to a trendier version of the 1970s notion of carpooling, the reality is that these services are more like “ride-hailing.” Rides are requested using an app and accepted by ordinary drivers who use their own vehicles. These freelance drivers don’t have the same destination as their passengers, but, rather, look for ...
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  • Bouncing Toward Injury

    Lately, it seems like every flyer advertising a carnival, festival, community benefit, church picnic or grand opening promises a bounce house alongside more standard expectations like refreshments and “fun.” Made in all shapes, sizes, and colors, these increasingly popular devices for children's entertainment don’t come risk-free. In fact, one pediatric emergency physician in Ohio found himself ...
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  • Sunday, November 15 is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

    In this country, Veterans Day is observed on November 11 while Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. You may not know that on the third Sunday of November, the U.S. also takes part in a global event known as the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) intended to give recognition to the people injured or killed in traffic accidents and the plight of ...
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  • Look Out for Delivery Drivers

    Zooming along on the roads among all the cars and 18-wheelers are delivery vehicles on a mission to pick up or drop off everything from packages to pizza, flowers to newspapers, groceries to appliances. Some are regular cars with signs on top identifying them as delivery vehicles while others are cargo vans, courier trucks, or light trucks weighing up to 26,000 pounds. They may come to your house ...
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  • A Port in the Storm

    In South Florida, hurricanes are accepted as an unfortunate fact of life . Even when we manage to dodge a direct hit, serious damage still often results from strong winds, heavy rains, storm surge flooding, and rip currents. Both literal and figurative sitting ducks, boats are particularly vulnerable when severe weather threatens and owners need to be aware of their responsibility to secure their ...
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  • High-Speed Police Chases and You

    You may think that a police officer’s firearm is his or her most dangerous weapon. While those guns certainly do injure and kill innocent bystanders each year, it turns out that the most dangerous law enforcement tool may likely be the squad car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , approximately 10,640 people have been killed in high-speed police chases between 1982 ...
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  • An Explosive Reality

    While you might not think of the Sunshine State as being a big consumer of natural gas, approximately 97 percent of Florida’s population is located in counties served by natural gas. In fact, Florida uses 894 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually, with roughly 85 percent attributed to the generation of electricity. Florida receives most of its natural gas from two pipeline companies -- ...
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  • School Safety Tips for Drivers

    School has been back in session only a short while and already there have been local traffic accidents involving students. In mid-September, a North Miami Senior High School student was killed and two others injured after they were hit by a car as they crossed the street on their walk to school in the early morning hours. The father of the deceased student, overcome with emotion, collapsed at the ...
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  • Driver & Pedestrian Halloween Safety Tips

    The end of October brings with it the thrill of Halloween, which is a favorite holiday for many children. Putting aside the religious discussion over its roots, Halloween mixes the enjoyment of dressing up in disguise with the adventure of going door-to-door for a haul of free candy. But nothing can put an end to the fun faster than a personal injury and if last year is any indication, safety ...
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  • Smooth Sailing?

    Surrounded on three sides by magnificent waterways, the Florida peninsula offers a great variety of water activities, including fishing, sailboating, windsurfing, paddleboarding, canoeing, and snorkeling. One of the more unique recreational choices is parasailing, where a giant parachute lifts you hundreds of feet in the air, as you take in beautiful views. But what begins as a peaceful ride can ...
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  • Car Recalls and Your Rights

    Compared to buying a microwave oven, purchasing a car is a big decision. Yet, at their core, appliances and vehicles are both simply products made for human consumption -- and any product can be recalled because it is either defective or potentially harmful. Some automotive recalls affect the entire car, while others involve replaceable equipment such as bulbs, floor mats or seat belts. It’s not a ...
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  • Trampoline Parks: All Fun & Games Until...

    Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the Superbowl. The start of “Facebook.” The death of President Reagan. The aftermath of Hurricane Charley. Amid these noteworthy events in 2004, you may have missed the opening of the SkyMania Fun Center in Las Vegas. Now part of the SkyZone empire, that first indoor trampoline park launched an industry that currently boasts around 350 locations ...
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