January 6, 2011

Bringing Up Bow-Wow

Bringing Up Bow-Wow You may have brought that furry bundle of joy home to entertain the kids, provide companionship or serve as a neighborhood watch, but that four-legged friend could become your own liability when you haven’t taken the proper safety precautions necessary when owning a dog. In fact, dogs bite more than 4.7 million Americans each year – half of them children. And there’s no easier way to say goodbye to your canine companion than allowing them rein over your home and street. So if this year will bring your family a new pooch, take heed to the following […]
January 5, 2011

Herbal Recall

Herbal Recall Watch those herbs: it looks like the recall on cilantro, parsley and sprouts throughout the United States and Canada is expanding. In actuality, there are currently two unrelated cases of Salmonella outbreaks that have now affected more than 100 people, and resulted in more than 7,000 cases of cilantro and parsley to be recalled, along with thousands of cases of alfalfa sprouts. Tiny Greens Organic Farm distributed alfalfa sprouts to a variety of grocery stores and farmer’s markets as well as Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich restaurants.. The outbreak has resulted in 94 cases of salmonella illness throughout 16 […]
December 28, 2010

Treading Lightly

Treading Lightly You know it’s almost the New Year when retail stores are banished of festive décor, scrumptious goodies and bright-colored toys and replaced by diet books, hand weights and at-home exercise equipment, ready and available for your health-conscious resolutions. But before you bring that new treadmill home, you may want to consider a few precautions. While that revolving belt can help you whittle your middle, it can be surprisingly dangerous for children. In fact, the Journal for Pediatric Surgery has called the increasing rate of treadmill injuries a “public health issue.” So make sure that you have the 411 […]
December 24, 2010

Child’s Play?

Child’s Play? When you think of a personal injury lawsuit, awards for lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses may spring to mind, but what happens when a child is injured and there is no lost income due to unemployment and someone else pays the medical expenses? The law still protects injured children. An injured child may be entitled to compensation for the pain, suffering, trauma and overall inconvenience and aggravation of an accident. The amount of this compensation depends heavily on three factors: 1 – the cause of the injury, 2 – the child’s age, and 3 – the severity of […]
December 21, 2010

Safe Cycling

Safe Cycling It may be a Saturday morning hobby, or your primary method of transportation. Or, you may just find one tied with festive ribbons under the tree this week. However you use your bicycle, the truth of the matter is that you’re in danger of a collision. In fact, experienced cyclists experience a crash of some sort an average of once every 8,000 miles. The scene of a bicycle collision can be a confusing one for a cyclist. You may not immediately know whether you have sustained any injuries to your bicycle or person. However, it’s safest to assume […]
December 10, 2010

Hot Coffee

Hot Coffee You don’t have to be a coffee aficionado or a McDonald’s regular to recall the case of Stella Liebeck and her scalding cup of McDonald’s coffee. Now an 18 year-old suit, the case of Liebeck’s coffee made not only national news, but was used as material for comedians, talk-show hosts, and a steady story-line for news reporters. Well now, that case is back – in the form of an independent film to be premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The film, which is in documentary form, will explore the case and its ensuing media frenzy, in […]
December 8, 2010

Toys: Unwrapped

Toys: Unwrapped While it might be the time of year when surprises are the status quo, one surprise you won’t want this holiday season is a recalled toy. Early shoppers take note: There have been 44 children’s toys recalled so far in 2010, some as recent as this month. So to make sure that one of these toys isn’t wrapped in bright paper lying under your Christmas tree, we’ve provided a few highlights. The most recently recalled toy, a rocking horse from Rocking Horse Depot, was voluntarily recalled last month in response to a child injury involving near-strangling within the […]
December 3, 2010

Child-Proof Holiday

Child-Proof Holiday While you may not be bringing home a bundle of joy anytime soon, that bundle may very well be coming to you this holiday season, as the time for visiting family and friends ensues. In anticipation, you may want to rethink the safety of your home – it may pose no threat to you or your spouse, but kid-proofing can be a bit more in-depth than making the fine china and crystal goblets unreachable (although you’ll definitely want to do that). You might be familiar with baby-proofing, but the fact of the matter is, unintentional injury is the […]
November 25, 2010

Black (Not Black and Blue) Friday

Black (Not Black and Blue) Friday While the country’s best shoppers are gearing up for a festive Black Friday this week, there are times when that cheap X-Box or buy-one-get-one free DVDs just aren’t worth it – like when they cause bodily injury, for one. And while the wild shopping is propelled by the season of giving, shoppers after deep discounts can seem anything but. And in recent years, as stores have opened to lines upon lines of shoppers, many Black Friday patrons have been hurt – and even killed in the raucous. So for you bargain hunters out there, […]
November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Disaster?

Thanksgiving Disaster? We’ve all been in the kitchen on Thanksgiving morning (or just witnessed it from the couch in front of the football game): the frantic cooking frenzy that turns frozen turkeys into roasted wonders, hard potatoes into creamy goodness and cold squash into warm, fresh pies. And though we love every minute of it, Thanksgiving could easily turn disastrous by unheeding some basic safety precautions. Food safety aside, there are plenty of ways to make a mess of this yearly feast, and Safety At Home has offered some great guidelines for the cooks: Keep the cooking range and oven […]