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A newborn baby sitting in a car seat in a hot car.

What to do if you see a child or pet in a hot car.

Children and pets being left in hot cars is a topic which has been getting more attention recently, and for good reason. No one sets out in the morning to put their child or pet at risk in a hot car, and yet in 2018, 52 children died in hot cars. It was the deadliest…

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Bulky coats are a danger for children in a car seat

As we prepare for the cold winter ahead in Putnam County, there is one important issue that doesn’t get as much attention as it should. I’m talking about winter car seat safety. While I’m happy to see so many parents using the proper car seats for their children, the seat can’t do its job in…

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Useful tips for talking to your kids about back-to-school safety.

As we approach the beginning of a new school year, it’s easy to get caught up in all the things that you need to do. New clothes and school supplies are important, but even more important is having a talk about safety. I often write about safety, because as a member of the Putnam County…

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An injury at a Black Friday sale may entitle you to more than a discount

The holiday season is a wonderful time to break the routine of our daily lives and enjoy time with our families. With Thanksgiving behind us, we are now looking forward to Christmas and the New Year. Tradition has it that Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It…

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Dashboard Camera

Dash cams: the perfect eye witness

Many people associate dashboard cameras with the police. Police departments across the nation have adopted dash cams as a way to protect both the officer and the public. What some people don’t know is that this technology has been falling in price and has reached the point where many private citizens are installing them in…

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Picture of a biker holding a helmet in front of an open road.

Helmets protect you and your compensation

One of the best things about riding a motorcycle is the feeling of being free and unrestricted. Some riders feel that a helmet takes away that feeling, and therefore avoid wearing one. Even on short trips around your neighborhood, it’s illegal to ride without a helmet in New York State, and even more important than…

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Burning Sparkler

Who is responsible for firework injuries?

For most Americans, the Fourth of July is one of the best days of the year. It has become synonymous with fireworks, barbecue and having fun with family and friends. This post isn’t another safety lecture, because I know you’ve heard the warnings, maybe so often you’ve become immune. I just want to provide some…

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Baby playing with a toy car

​Driveway accidents involving children: who is liable?

We are all used to parking our car in the driveway, and we tend to think of it as a safe place. However recent studies have shown that driveways, particularly for small children, can be very dangerous places. A shocking 50 children per week in America are injured after being hit or run over by…

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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…

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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…

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