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Winter Safety Tips: Your Vehicle

With winter weather quickly approaching, it is important to make sure your vehicles are properly maintained and supplied in the event of a collision or in case you are stranded due to weather conditions. According to the Department of Transportation, 22% of all vehicle crashes in the United States are due to severe weather. That means during the winter, driving conditions are most dangerous with snow, sleet, ice, and rain.

Winter Safety: At Home

Winter weather is quickly approaching north central West Virginia. Beyond the inconvenience of snow and discomfort of single digit temperatures, winter storms can cause serious damage. Protecting your home is very important during the winter months.

Be Safe: Black Friday Shopping

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the largest shopping days of the year. Stores are competing with each other on sales, door busters, and incentives. Shoppers are often starting their black Friday shopping right after Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. For some families and friends, it has become tradition to shop all day the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Home Safety: Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is all about having family time, eating, and sharing stories, but it can come with some surprising dangers. Home safety can be a concern when hosting family and friends for a Thanksgiving feast.

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: 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.

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.

Safety Week: Fall Prevention

Slip and falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries and hospital admissions for trauma in older adults. Although they are preventable, 1 in 4 older adults will experience a slip and fall each year. The cost of fall injuries in 2014 was $41 billion and is expected to rise to $67.7 billion by 2020. Falls are costly not only financially, but also to one's quality of life. Often after an older adult experiences one fall, they will fear falling again which then limits their normal activities and engagements. This can lead to further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.

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