Year: 2016

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Black Friday has long been accepted as the most dangerous shopping day of the year. Not only are dozens of people injured every year, but on rare occasions individuals are even killed during the event. Thousands of people fighting for a good deal will always carry a significant risk of…

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Experts predicted a particularly powerful El Niño this year, and severe weather has been seen all over the country. This El Niño, the strongest since the late nineties, brought increased precipitation in many areas, as well as sudden shifts in weather patterns that caused a variety of major issues for…

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Distracted driving is finally starting to be discussed as a major danger to communities. People are finally starting to notice that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. This is a major breakthrough, as more states, cities, and communities look at laws to address this troubling trend….

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Fire alarms are incredibly important for fire prevention and control. A quality fire alarm can mean the difference between a quickly contained blaze and losing everything. Many cities now require fire alarms to be wired directly into the electrical system to ensure that the system is always on and always…

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There’s no possibility for a happy ending once a tragedy has occurred. And the tragedy occurred at the very beginning of this story, when Ethan Couch killed four people while drunk driving on June 15th, 2013. The tragedy continued when Ethan Couch was given just a slap on the wrist…

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Chipotle’s hope for a smooth 2016 is not going well so far. The Mexican restaurant chain has been subpoenaed in a federal investigation involving an outbreak of norovirus which sickened over 200 people in Simi Valley, California, last August. The company is still trying to recover from two E. coli…

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When designing a child bicycle trailer, it stands to reason that the bare minimum safety standard should be to ensure the wheels, safety belt, and tow bar are safe. Without these three elements, there is nothing else that can be done to make the trailer safe to use. Despite this,…

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The regulators are starting to pay attention. Hoverboards were a popular toy to give and receive on Christmas morning, but many who received these gifts had no idea just how dangerous they are. Hoverboards are supposed to be self-balancing, but the dozens of emergency room visits caused by people falling…

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Fall is coming to a close and winter is descending across the country. Frigid temperatures will keep many people home during the cold months, but there are those who love to brave the elements to have a little fun. Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snowmobiling are all popular pastimes during the…

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A new study on long haul truck drivers has implications for other vehicle operators as well. The study, conducted by the University of Utah, attempted to determine what factors were most commonly associated with accidents. Researchers surveyed large numbers of truck drivers and asked them a few questions about what…

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