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Winter safety tips from CPSC and Red Cross aim to increase preparedness for cold weather

With cold weather and winter storms working their way through the U.S., Americans are hoping to start the new year on the right foot despite the dangerous climate effects around the country. Being aware of your surroundings while taking precautions from both indoor and outdoor hazards, such as power outages, dangerous roadways and freezing temperatures can make a difference between life and death. Staying warm in the harsh winter months can be a difficult task. Home heating is considered to be one of the leading causes of residential building fires during wintertime. From 2005 to 2007, nearly 33,000 fires and ... Read More

Children drowning deaths peak during July 4 week, CPSC warns

All children should learn how to swim. That was one of the messages conveyed by a public advisory the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued before the Fourth of July holiday week, when the number of summer drowning injuries and deaths peaks. According to CPSC officials, 26 children on average lose their life in pool and spa-related accidents each year in the United States during the week of July 4, when thousands of gatherings take place around private and public swimming pools. The CPSC relied on data compiled by USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for the sport of ... Read More

Most fireworks injuries and deaths occur in June and July, U.S. safety officials report

In 2012, six men died as a result of fireworks-related injuries and another 8,700 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related wounds, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CPSC officials released the latest fireworks safety report last week ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, which is traditionally when the majority of the injuries occur. According to the report, more than 5,000 Americans were treated in hospital emergency rooms due to fireworks-related injuries between June 22, 2012 and July 22, 2012. More than half of the reported injuries involved burns to the hands, head, and ... Read More

Drowning is subtle and unrecognizable to most, unlike movie depictions

“Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people that most people expect,” says former Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone in a story published by Slate. “There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.” In fact, Mr. Vittone’s report explains, children sometimes drown right before their parents’ eyes simply because drowning in real life doesn’t resemble the frantic, flailing act people have come to expect from watching dramatized versions on television and in movies. Drowning is actually very undramatic, “deceptively quiet,” and subtle, and it’s usually only ... Read More

Awareness campaign to reduce brain injury risks in youth baseball underway

Some baseball helmet manufacturers are boosting standards for their head gear in the hope that better protection will help reduce the number of severe head injuries youth players receive on the field every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 9,000 children are sent to emergency rooms each year with concussions and more severe brain injuries after being hit in the head with a baseball, which even in little league games can be thrown at speeds of 50 mph. Sports equipment maker Rawlings is designing new age-oriented baseball helmets starting with those geared for ... Read More

CDC urges protection against TBI for winter sports enthusiasts

In March 2009, actress Natasha Richardson fell and bumped her head while skiing in Canada. She felt and acted normal, so she refused medical treatment and eventually went back to her hotel room to rest. Later, about three hours after the accident, she developed a severe headache and decided to go to the hospital. She arrived in critical condition. Sadly, the next day, she died from bleeding into her brain caused by an epidural hematoma, a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in which a buildup of blood occurs between the skull and the membrane just underneath it. As unfortunate ... Read More

Reducing fatigued driving: six tips to help you stay awake and alert behind the wheel

A commercial truck driver lost control of his five-axle dump truck on a U.S. highway in North Carolina Wednesday and crashed into a ditch. Authorities responding to the scene told Eastern North Carolina’s ENCToday.com that the 53-year-old driver, who received some minor injuries in the crash, dozed off behind the wheel and drove off the right shoulder of U.S. 70 in La Grange, NC. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved, but the driver was cited for reckless driving. Driver fatigue is a top safety concern for commercial drivers, motor carriers, and safety regulators alike. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ... Read More

As temperatures rise, so do pool safety concerns

Swimming pools and spas are ideal for both soaking up the sun and cooling down on hot summer days, and with summer just around the corner, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission is urging parents and chaperones of young children to keep safety in the front of their minds when heading to the local pool. The reminder is more important now than ever before because this year has already been a deadly one for children in swimming pools, and the summer season hasn’t even started in most of the country. The CPSC says that there have been 75 drownings and ... Read More

Truck driver saves the day after fiery Texas crash

“Thank God for seatbelts, airbags, and fire extinguishers,” Texas state trooper Roy Tower told ABC affiliate KLTV after responding to a fiery crash involving a passenger car and a commercial truck Tuesday morning. Those three items, plus the help of another commercial truck driver who witnessed the accident and stopped to help, saved the lives of two adults and three children involved in the crash. Reports say that a woman was traveling on FM726 just east of Gilmer, Texas, with three children she was babysitting when the sun apparently blinded her, causing her car to swerve into the 18-wheeler’s path ... Read More

Professional truckers offer safety tips for holiday motorists

To help motorists stay safe on the road during holidays and every other day of the year, the America’s’ Road Team Captains, an elite group of professional drivers with millions of accident-free miles between them, used their unique point of view to develop a list of safety tips for their fellow drivers. Safety threats abound on America’s roads and interstates at any given time, but holidays are particularly dangerous due to a normally dramatic increase in traffic. Given the long hours they spend on the road, commercial truck drivers have seen some of the worst that drivers have to offer. Many accidents ... Read More