Archive for the Category Outdoor Safety


Rip Current and Beach Tips To Make Summer Swimming Safe

Water safety of all sorts is encouraged in a new report, and the tips should be understood by parents and indeed all citizens of California, especially the advice pertaining to beaches.  When headed to the beach, understand the common meanings of beach flags as explained by the National Weather Service.  Yellow or single red means you ought to use caution due to the heightened surf, while a double red flag signifies that you shouldn’t be on the beach at all.  One thing in particular you’ll want to look out for on the beach is a rip current, which has the potential to pull even expert swimmers out to sea.  Look out for channels of water and lines of debris headed away from shore, and if you’re ever caught up in a rip current, swim perpendicular to the current until you get out.

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Consumer Reports Review Generators Ahead of Hurricane Isaac

Consumer Reports has provided consumers with tips on picking the appropriate generator should they find their power knocked out by either the upcoming Hurricane Isaac or some other disaster.  The organization tested 15 different models and discovered that certain models from All Power, Gentron, and Briggs & Stratton failed to meet the high wattage needs of large appliances, while the Generac GP5500 5939 has proved to be quite useful.

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PETA Warns Pet Owners About Dog Overheating Danger

We all know about the danger that hot vehicles pose to children left unattended, but the animal rights group PETA also wants people to be aware of the danger posed to pets by the same.  Although the outside temperature might be 90, it doesn’t take long for the interior of a car to heat up to 160, according to the organization.  And the threat isn’t limited to vehicles.  Even long periods of time outdoors in the heat can be dangerous to dogs, who have to pant or sweat through their paws in order to cool down.  Pet owners should look out for panting and vomiting as signs of danger.

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Safety Eyewear Encouraged During Children’s Eye Health Month

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month is going on all throughout August.  With eye injuries the leading cause of blindness among United States kids, it’s an important topic.  The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute has released a statement showing that 90% of eye injuries can be avoided by simply using safety eyewear during sports.  Although bruises and abrasions don’t necessarily lead to serious long-term damage, irritation, punctures, tearing, swelling, and reports of pain are cause for alarm and medical attention should be sought by parents for their kids when such injuries occur.

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Do The Right Thing Video Contest Spreads Awareness About ATV Safety

An initiative known as the “Do The Right Thing” Video Contest challenges persons younger than 18 to come up with videos that could raise awareness about dirt bike and all terrain vehicle safety.  The contest, which is an effort by the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute and other groups, has been running for three years now.  Contestants have until August 15 to submit their videos, which should encourage family members and others to always follow rules associated with ATV riding.

Follow this link to find out more about the contest.

Report Outlines The Danger That Hot Cars Pose to Children

Because the interior of cars can heat to temperatures far higher than 100 degrees, it is important that parents be aware if there is a child seated in their backseat. Even strangers ought to be prepared should they encounter a situation where a child is alone in a hot car.  The rising heat can cause a child to die due to heatstroke.  And it can happen to just about anyone.  A parent may have forgotten about the child or think they’ll only be away for a few moments.

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Pool Safely Campaign Spreads Awareness About Drowning Danger

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is sponsoring Pool Safely Day activities from July 22 to 29 in order to raise awareness about the danger of child drowning. Community events throughout the week in 30 states will include free swimming lessons and CPR training. Parents can also learn safety tips to reduce the risks posed by swimming pools. According to the CPSC, 90 kids under the age of 15 have drowned since this past Memorial Day. Young children under the age of five are most at risk for drowning.

To learn more about the campaign, follow this link.

Menasha, Wisconsin Pedestrians Imperiled By Local Fishers

A report out of Menasha, Wisconsin has shined a light on a topic that doesn’t necessarily garner a lot of attention:  fishers hooking nearby pedestrians and bicyclists with their lines.  Alongside an area known as Little Lake Butte des Morts, a number of incidents have led police to request fishers to move to a different area.  No citations have been given at this time, but an $88.80 fine might become a reality if fishers insist on sticking to the area.

To learn more about this unique safety issue, click here.

Georgia Safety Officials Tell Parents Not to Leave Kids in a Hot Car

33 children died last year due to heat strokes after they were left in a hot car, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Children are more likely to get heat strokes than adults due to the fact that their body temperature can rise at a much quicker rate. Parents are being warned to be cautious regarding this matter, and not to leave their children in vehicles during hot weather.

For more safety tips and further information, click here for the original report.

CPSC Urges Safe Swimming Practices During Independence Day

As the Fourth of July holiday draws closer, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched a “Pool Safely” campaign. In 2011, 25 kids under the age of 15 died by drowning during last year’s holiday. Parents should closely watch kids in the water, place the phone nearby, and keep kids away from drains. Parents should also learn CPR and teach kids to swim. Families who own swimming pools should install functioning pool gates and pool covers, and keep pool floats nearby.

Follow this link to learn more about how to keep your family safe.

CPSC Statistics Show ATV Danger, But There Are Ways to Stay Safe

The summer months show a substantial increase in ATV-related deaths and injuries, with  fatality rates among the 16 and younger demographic 65% greater in April than they were in March during the years 2004 through 2006, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Adults experienced an even greater increase on average during the same timespan, with an 85% leap in fatalities.  Those numbers tend to peak in July.

It’s entirely possible that many injuries and fatalities may have been prevented by proper training methods.  Taking a rider training course from someone qualified to teach people how to properly ride an all-terrain vehicle can go a long way toward preserving safety, as can wearing proper safety gear, which includes a helmet.

Adult supervision of young riders should always be in place, with children younger than six never boarding ATVs and kids younger than 16 never boarding an ATV intended for adults.  Going against these guidelines accounts for 90% of the injuries that children incur on ATVs.

Abiding by manufacturer-recommended riding conditions will significantly decrease the casualty rates associated with riding ATVs.  This includes obeying mandated passenger limits and only piloting on surfaces that would promote safe riding.  ATVs have a tendency to overturn on cement, greatly increasing the injury risk.

158 people have already died this year because of an ATV ride that went awry, 28 of them children.  Follow safety guidelines to avoid becoming yet another casualty.

CPSC Offers Statistics, Tips on Having a Safe Independence Day

While the Fourth of July may be a time of celebration for many people throughout the country, it is a cause for concern for others, as lighting off fireworks could be potentially fatal under the right circumstances.

According to a new report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year there were 9,600 injuries and four fatalities across the country that resulted from fireworks.   The study conducted also showed that 65% of these firework-related injuries were experienced within the 30 days surrounding the Fourth of July.

These kinds of statistics clearly show that there’s a need to follow safe lighting practices when setting off these explosive devices.  Thankfully, the CPSC, in addition to reporting this rather startling news, also offers a variety of safety tips that should be followed.

First and foremost, the fireworks your family lights off should be legal in your area, and they certainly shouldn’t be homemade.  The four fatalities from last year were all the result of homemade or professional fireworks.  Professional fireworks can usually be distinguished by their brown paper packaging, so think about foregoing any fireworks in this type of wrapping.

It’s also important to not let really young children light fireworks.  Even older children should be supervised by an adult.  And finally, always keep a bucket handy should something go awry.  Once a firework has been shot off, douse it with water.  If a unit looks to be a dud, take no chances:  douse that firework with water as well, and do not try to relight it.

Crestview Gives Tips on Bike, Boat, and Swimming Safety

With summer upon us, numerous communities from across the country are offering safety tips that allow consumers to have fun without putting themselves in danger.  Although tips are typically geared to the local community, I’ve found that they’re just as valid anywhere in the country.

Officials with the city of Crestview, Florida, have given their two cents on how people can remain safe while engaging in various outdoor activities.  First up on their list is bike safety.   A spokesperson with the Crestview Police Department suggests that everyone ride in the same direction that traffic is going, while individuals on foot should do the opposite.  Bike riding with traffic flow reduces the possibility of injury, according to the officer.  Reflective clothing is also recommended, as is a helmet.

As far as swimming goes, an individual with the Boy Scout’s Gulf Coast Council says that one of the most important things a person can do is simply know their limits.  Overexertion should be avoided, as should bodies of water that contain hazards like rip currents.  Supervision should always be available, and no one should swim alone.

Boating rounds out the safety categories discussed.  Everyone is advised to wear some sort of flotation device, whether the watercraft be a canoe, a boat, or something else.  When in a canoe that capsizes, people are advised to get back in and paddle to shore, as most injuries occur when individuals leave the relative safety of the canoe.