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October 2017 Archives

Safety: Crime Prevention Month

October is Crime Prevention Month and Halloween is a good opportunity to raise awareness. Although children see Halloween as being fun, it is also a time and serves as a setting for the perfect crime. Across the United States crime rates spike on Halloween to more than 50% of the norm.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

It's that time of year again when families get dressed up, enjoy gatherings, and eat plenty of treats! Halloween is also a time where everyone needs to be extra attentive to pedestrians when trick-or-treating is occurring. Halloween night is one of the deadliest nights for child pedestrian fatalities. Be aware of all your surroundings at all times whether you are driving or walking to avoid having a fun time turn into a tragedy.

Safety: School Bus Safety Week

October 16-20, 2017 is National School Bus Safety Week. Over 25 million students start and end their school day on a bus. Even though riding a bus is safer than riding to school with a parent or guardian or walking, drivers still need to obey traffic laws to ensure the safety of students entering or exiting the bus. Most fatal injuries that occur in bus related incidents are pedestrians 4-7 years who are hit by motorists illegally passing the school bus or by the bus itself. Because of this, it is important to know the laws and procedures for sharing the road with school buses.

Safety Week: Teen Driving

This week's safety topic is focused on teenagers and driving. A study conducted by The Reporter, Car and Driver Magazine, shows that a person talking and/or texting while driving takes longer to stop a vehicle than a driver who is considered legally drunk with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content. The study found that at 70 mph an intoxicated driver needed only four more feet to brake versus a driver sending a text message needing 70 more feet to stop than an unimpaired driver. This may be a little surprising to some, but it is also the reason distracted driving is turning into the new DUI.

Safety: National Teen Driver Safety Week

After passing the driver's test, teenagers see their license as proof they are growing up. It can represent their independence, but many don't realize it comes with more responsibility. This week (October 15-21) is National Teen Driver Safety Week. This is an opportunity to talk to teens about their driving habits and ways to reduce the chances of an accident that could potentially be fatal.

9th Annual Community Baby Shower

This year will be the 9th Annual Community Baby Shower hosted by the Marion County Family Resource Network. Each year this community baby shower has been held to assist new and expecting mothers with baby supplies. The shower will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Helping Burn Victims Across the State

There are many causes of burn injuries, including fires, explosions in coal mines and industrial workplaces, electrical accidents and motor vehicle accidents. Whatever the cause, serious burn injuries cause much suffering, including physical pain and psychological trauma.

Arson: What you should know

Arson is defined as the reckless burning or exploding of the dwelling house of another, or the burning of a building within the immediate surrounding space, of the dwelling of another. Modern legislation has expanded the definition to include commercial and public buildings and structures. Some elements of arson include:

Safety Week: Fire Prevention

It is fire prevention week and organizations like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are encouraging families to plan for two ways out during a fire. During a fire, every second counts and can make the difference between escaping a fire safely or being trapped inside. That is why families should plan 2 escape routes for each room in the house, typically through the door and a window.

Have you been injured while driving a vehicle for work?

There seems to be an increase in jobs that require employees to drive while acting within the scope of employment. With the increase in online shopping, there are more delivery trucks on the road as well as personal vehicles for people who choose to pick up a second job with Lyft or Uber.

Trucking Accidents

Collisions involving trucks tend to be particularly catastrophic accidents because of the severe damage that a large truck can cause to a much smaller vehicle. These types of accidents can lead to severe and permanent injuries for victims and, in the worst cases, even death. Recent statistics demonstrate that roughly 1 out of nine traffic fatalities involve a large truck.

Safety Week: Driving to Work

This week is the start of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety Drive Safely to Work Week. You may think you're a good driver, or even a great driver, but the reality is, many of us have habits that can lead to unsafe driving behaviors. Each year, roughly 3,000 people are involved in a fatal car wreck due to distracted driving.


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