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6 Driving Tips to Navigate Winter Roads...

The holidays are over, but winter weather will continue for another few months. On average there are over 5 million accidents every year and about 17 percent of these incidents occur because of poor weather conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Therefore, if you are driving while it is snowing or icing, please follow these six driving tips to navigate winter roads: 1. Get Your Car Winter Ready It is easier to get help during the summer if you get stranded on the road, but in the winter, snowy and icy conditions impede drivers from getting aid quickly. To prevent a car breakdown, make sure your car is winter ready. Check your car battery to make sure...

6 Driving Tips to Navigate Winter Roads
posted on: Jan 17, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

3 Tips That Can Save Your Home & Family in Tornado Alley...

Tornadoes cause an average of 70 deaths every year, as well as over 1,500 injuries—plenty of which are serious, reports the National Weather Service. In addition, tornado season accounts for over $1.6 million of damage to both crops and properties. The vast majority of these deaths and destruction occur in what is known as Tornado Alley, a section of the country that is struck by more tornadoes than any other. One Tornado Alley state, Oklahoma, typically has the most fatalities due to tornadoes. And states like Illinois, Texas and Missouri are often highly impacted as well. In order to weather the storm, it’s vital to take steps far ahead of time to protect your home and family. When an...

3 Tips That Can Save Your Home & Family in Tornado Alley
posted on: Sep 29, 2014 | author: Safety Issues

Tornado Safety Tips

Courtesy of YourRadioPlace – Look & Listen for: …large hail, heavy rain, strong winds, frequent intense lightning …bulge with a rotary motion at the base of the thunderstorm cloud …loud roar like the sound of a jet or train. Seek Safe Shelter: A basement is best. Otherwise choose ground-floor center rooms surrounded by other rooms. Never choose upstairs locations because tornadic wind speeds increase with height above the ground. Choose rooms on the north and east sides of your shelter if no interior rooms are available. Stay near the innermost walls. Avoid rooms on the south and west, because tornados usually travel from southwest to northeast. Choose a small closet or bathroom, because small rooms are less susceptible...

posted on: May 31, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Summer time Safety: It's A Good Thing!...

Courtsey of Oakcreek.patch.com – I can hardly believe kids will be out on summer break in a little more than a week. Perhaps one of these days the weather will begin to feel like summer, but nevertheless it is still important to review safety issues that come with summer fun. As school buses diminish and kid-powered vehicles like bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and roller blades take their place, the incidence of injuries like broken arms and legs increase. Of course, wearing the proper knee pads, elbow pads and helmets can help to decrease some injuries, but cannot prevent them entirely....

posted on: May 26, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Roof collapses reported across the area...

The back-to-back storms that have walloped the state have proved to be too much for the roofs of a number of commercial buildings. With Tuesday’s snow followed by today’s rain, collapses have been reported in a number of communities, though so far there are no reports of injuries. In Holbrook, the roof of a storage facility at Boston Cedar and Millwork, a building supplier, collapsed under the weight of the snow, leaving a gaping hole. Rick Reuss, the town’s emergency management director, said at the scene that the hole appeared to be about 40 feet in length. "It looks like it’s going to be a long repair, if not a demolition," he told company operations manager Jim Mulligan....

posted on: Feb 2, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Ice Storm Hits Northeast; 1.25M Without Power...

Nine days before winter officially starts, an ice storm hit New England and making people already sick of winter. The storm poured 2 to 4 inches of rain in the region. Ice blocked roads and ice-laden tree branches cracked and fell on cars. Countless power lines went down. The ice storm was one of the worst in over a decade, with power outages far exceeding that of the great Ice Storm of 1998 when people spent more than a week without power. The worst hit may be New Hampshire: more than 400,000 homes and businesses in over half of the state had no power. The power outages extended as far Pennsylvania, but the widest areas affected were in...

Ice Storm Hits Northeast; 1.25M Without Power
posted on: Dec 13, 2008 | author: Staff writer

Avoid Heat Illnesses Physical Activity...

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8,015 people in the U.S. have died from excessive heat exposure during the period 1979-2003. In 2001 alone, excessive heat exposure was the primary cause in 300 fatalities. Heat-related illnesses occur when the body cannot compensate for the heat (both outside and within the body). The normal cooling mechanism is sweating, but when outside heat is high and people engage in physical activity the sweating mechanism gets overloaded. Body temperature may then rise; in some cases, to levels high enough to cause damage to the brain and sensitive organs. Deaths and illness due to heat stress are preventable. People should know who is most vulnerable and what safety measures...

Avoid Heat Illnesses Physical Activity
posted on: Jul 1, 2008 | author: Staff writer