School Bus Safety

Keeping your kids safe on the school bus

Putnam County students will be going back to school in a few weeks. This means the end of summer and an exciting time for both children and parents. Riding a school bus is a safe and convenient way for your child to get to school. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, school buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. The following graphic illustrates just how much safer your child is on the school bus than riding with a friend or parent. Just 1% of student fatalities during normal school…

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Distracted Walking

Pokémon: Staying safe and avoiding distraction.

It seems everyone has heard of Pokémon Go, and although I have never played the game myself, I am concerned about what it means for the safety of our community. For those who have not heard, this is a smartphone game which uses the phone’s camera and GPS to allow players to search the real world and find characters and other elements needed to play the game. While this is meant to be a fun on-line game, it can have real-world consequences if people play while driving, crossing the street or doing any other dangerous activity that requires your full…

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Swimming Pool Safety

Pool Safety Video

Summer is here and that means open swimming pools. This video from poolsafely.gov offers some reminders about how to keep everyone safe around the swimming pool. The best thing for everyone is to avoid accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, sometimes fatal drownings and pool related injuries do occur. For more information about the law relating to swimming pool accidents, visit our recent blog post. For this and other educational videos and resources, visit poolsafety.gov.

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Swimming Pool Safety and Liability

Swimming pool safety and liability

Summer in Putnam County is here and that means many of us will be enjoying our own swimming pools or visiting friends and family for a swim on a hot day. I want to help make sure your excitement and fun last all summer, so I’m going to give you something to think about when it comes to swimming pool safety. According to the CDC From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related…

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Motorcycle Safety Month

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – Share the Road

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and as a rider myself, I take motorcycle safety very seriously.  I want to take this opportunity to share some information on motorcycle safety and encourage all drivers and motorcyclists to share the road with each other. In 2014, 4,586 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes and 88,000 motorcyclists were injured.  Those deaths account for 14 percent of the total highway fatalities that year. Safe riding practices and cooperation from all drivers will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways. But it’s especially important for motorists to understand the safety…

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Witness an accident

What to do if you witness an accident

We hear a lot about what to do in case you’re in an accident and of course tips on how to do your best to avoid accidents. I’d like to share a few important things with you about what to do if you witness an accident and are the first to arrive on the scene to help. Make sure you’re safe You won’t be helpful to anyone if you don’t first take care of yourself. Pull over and park your car a safe distance from the accident, remembering to turn on your hazard lights. Before exiting your vehicle, check for…

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Keep an Injury Diary

Why you should keep an injury diary.

I recognize that every individual has a unique set of circumstances, so here is some general information that applies to everyone. If you have specific questions about your situation, please call me directly. I want to begin by emphasizing the importance of keeping records after you’ve suffered an injury. The amount of information that can be forgotten, or becomes blurry, in the days following an injury can be substantial. Keeping an Injury Diary DO record all events leading up to the moment of injury, what happened at the moment of injury, as well as the events immediately following the injury. …

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Clearning Snow

Who is responsible if you were injured by a fall on an icy walkway?

As we settle into the long winter ahead, we prepare for an increase in the numbers of injuries related to falls due to snow and ice.  There is a common misconception that a property owner is automatically responsible for any injury that occurs on his property.  In New York State, the law is very specific regarding the obligations of property owners to provide safe conditions.

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Shot glass and car keys

Staying safe on the road this holiday season

Along with the joy and excitement of the holiday season, we are also faced with the potential for icy roads, increased traffic, an increase in inexperienced teen drivers on the road during school vacation and out-of-towners visiting relatives that may not be familiar with the local roads. These factors can lead to an increase in automobile accidents and several of the top 10 deadliest days of the year to drive are in the next few weeks.

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Avoiding injury for a safe and fun Halloween

Halloween is an exciting time for both children and adults. Unfortunately, statistics show that children have been hurt in accidents at a significantly higher rate on Halloween than on an average day and that many of these accidents could have been avoided. Now that you’ve chosen your costume and the big day is here, we want to share a few safety tips that can help keep you and your children safe.

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