Redusing personal injury

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


The weather is warm and motorcycles are a great way to enjoy the warm weather. When you ask a motorcyclist what they like about riding they usually say the freedom. the facts is that riding on the road is dangerous. People in cars that don't ride don't pay attention to motorcyles. The favorite excuse from those drivers when an accident happens is I din't see the motorcycle.

This blog is about the importance of wearing the right protective clothing for riding. Protective clothing can save your life in bad situations, plus it can reduce the lasting effects of injuries.

The riders protective gear should consist of:
  • For the head a good DOT ceritified helmet.
  • For the upperbody a long sleave shirt or a good leather jacket with padding.
  • For the lowerbody always wear long pants, either deniem jeans or leather pants or chaps.
  • Always wear gloves on your hands.
  • For your feet wear a good sturdy boot. No sandles or sneakers.
One of the smartest thing a rider can wear is something reflective. The more you can make yourself visible the better other drivers can see you.

Following these simple things can make your riding safer. Enjoy the freedom you get with riding and have fun out in the warm weather.


The biggest fear any home owner can have is losing their house to a fire. The loss can devastate a family, by either losing personal things they have collected over years or the ultimate loss a loved one.

Fire safety in the home is easy and simple. Taking the time to make your home safe can save allot of unnecessary grieving in the long run. Here are some simple rules you can follow to make your home safer.

Smoke Alarms
  • Have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home and outside bedrooms.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly and change batteries at least once a year.
  • Install smoke alarms away from air vents.
  • Install smoke alarms on ceilings or walls, at least 4 inches from corners.
  • Never disable or remove smoke alarm batteries.
Escape Planning
  • Develop a fire escape plan with your household and practice often.
  • Know two ways to exit from every room in the house.
  • Crawl low, under any smoke.
  • Feel closed doors. If hot, use another exit.
  • Have a place set to meet family members outside for accountability.
  • Never re-enter a burning house. Escape first then call 911.
Your family is worth more than a house, these are easy tips to make sure the most precious things in your life are safe.

Monday, May 9, 2011


ROTOTILLERS  make gardening easy and faster for people with large or medium sized home gardens. The fact that all rototillers are machines with moving parts safety precautions need to be taken for safe operations.


Follow these easy safety tips.
  • Always read and understand the operators owners manual.
  • Make sure tiller is in good condition before operation.
  • Wear safety glasses and long pants with work boots.
  • Hearing protection should be worn engine noise can reach 90 decibles.
  • Always start a rototiller outside.
  • Prior to use always inspect area to be tilled for large rocks or other foreign objects that can damage the rototiller.
  • Do not till above underground utilities.
  • Keep hands and feet away from rotating parts.
  • Do not overload rototiller engine by tilling too deep or fast.
  • Never fuel a hot rototiller.
  • Always shut off rototiller before leaving it unattended.
Following these easy safety tips will make your garding safer. Have fun this spring and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Think about this fact, 200,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for playground equipment related injuries. An estimated 51,000 of those injuries involve home playground equipment. The most freighting fact is that about 15 children die each year as a result of playground equipment-related accidents. Most of the injuries are the result of falls. These falls are primarily falls to the ground below the equipment.

Protective surfacing on the ground around and under all playground equipment can reduce the risk of serious head injuries. Surfaces that are not acceptable surfaces for playgrounds are asphalt and concrete. Never place playground equipment on these surfaces. Playgrounds on turf are really not that suitable to prevent injuries, as turf gets packed down and can be as hard as asphalt and concrete surfaces.

There are new surfaces out today for playground safety. One of the safest is recycled rubber. The rubber is shredded just like wood mulch. The rubber is very easy to put down and not at all time consuming. Take the time to make your kids safe at their own home playgrounds.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Lightning kills more people in the U.S. each year than tornadoes do. The warmer weather is when you need to start watching for sever weather and storms. Most all tv and radio stations issue alerts and warnings when sever weather is predicted. This is the time to adjust your daily plans as to not get caught out in a unsafe place. The weather service does not and can not always predict storms, sever storms can sometimes form at a spur of the moment and travel very fast. One minute they are here and the next gone.

These are some safety tips to follow if you are outdoors.
1. Keep an eye on the sky, look for changing weather conditions. If the skys darken start looking for proper shelter.
2. Use the 30-30 rule if you see lightning. Once you see lightning count what ever count you get to when you hear the thunder that is the distance in miles the storm is from you.
3. If lightning is spoted try and be the lowest point possible, as lighting tends to strike the highest point. Seek shelter when possible.
4. If you can't find addiquite shelter do not stand under trees. crouch in the open away from trees as far as they are tall.
5. Avoid leaning against vehicles. Get off bicycles and motorcycles.
6. If swimming get out of water and off of the beach, if boating get out of boats.
7. Do not hudle in groups of people, spead out.

If you are indoors follow these tips.
1. Avoid contact with corded phones.
2. Stay away from doors and windows.
3. Avoid contact with electrical equipment and cords.
4. Do not lie on concrete floors in a garage as it can contain wire mesh.
5. Always bring pets in from outside.

If someone you know is struck by lightning, call 911 immediatly.If you need to perform CPR know how to do it properly as to not cause more injuries. Stay safe and enjoy the outdoors.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Riding lawn mowers are a convenient and easy way for homeowners to mow their lawns. However, if the operator does not give complete and undivided attention to the safe operation the riding lawn mower fun and convenience can turn to tragedy very quickly. Owners should always read the owners manual first before the first operation of the riding mower. Owners should also become familiar with all controls, and test drive the mower at slower speeds before they put it into full operation.

Following some of these safety tips will always help.
1. Do not let kids operate or ride on the mower until they are old enough to operate it on their own.
2. do not wear loose fitting cloths that can get caught in moving parts.
3. Always clear the lawn of foreign objects before mowing, this is to reduce the possibility of flying objects that can cause injury or damages.
4. Keep the proper maintenance required on your mower for safe operation.
5. Watch where you drive your mower and never ride next to drop offs or creeks.
6. Be very careful on slopes and never mow across the slope, mow up and down the slope for safety.
7. Shut off the the mower and engine before making any adjustments, repairs, or to unclog any obstructions.
8. Never fill up with gas while engine is running or while the mower is hot.

These safety tips are only as good as the operator makes them to be. Just remember always read the owners manual and get to know your mower before operating it. BE SAFE. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011


One of the most popular home power tool is the circular saw. Circular saws account for more injuries than any other portable power tool. Many of these accidents are cause by carelessness or saw malfunction. The most common malfunction on the saw is the moveable guard failing to return to the covered position.

Follow these safety tips for saw operation:

1. Always check the movable guard for correct operation before use.
2. Use two hands on the saw when starting and when finishing a cut.
3. Always inspect the power cord for breaks or loose wires.
4. Stand to the side of the cut in case the saw kicks back.
5. Always unplug saw before making adjustments on the saw.
6. Wait until saw blade stops turning after a cut to remove the saw.
7. Always wear safety glasses while cutting.
8. Wear a dust mask especially when cutting treated lumber.
9. Don't wear loose clothing, jewelry or hair that can get caught in the saw.
10. Always use sharp blades to reduse the chance of an accident.
11. Always cut properly clamped wood.
12. Locate the electrical cord and extension cord so they won't get tangeled in your work or cut by the saw.
13. Alawys keep good balance when using your saw.
14. Do not use the saw in damp or wet locations.

These safety tips should help reduce injuries and accidents while using your saw. Remember safety is always first, so your family and you can live a safe life.