Archive for the ‘Safety Information’ Category

Back-to-School Safety for Your Little Ones

Summer has come to an end and that means the kids are soon heading back to school. Every parent knows the feeling of sending their little ones to school, only to worry about whether they are healthy, happy and coping well. Here are five ways to take the worry out of being a school parent and to ensure your child has a safe day at school every day.
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Why Risk Your Life for a Few Jigglypuffs?

You’ve no doubt heard of Pokémon Go, Niantic’s augmented reality game that enables users to walk around catching rare “Pocket Monsters.” Since its release on July 6, the game has branched out to 26 countries and claimed the title of biggest mobile game in US history. You’ve probably encountered Pokémon Go players in Colorado—odds are, you’re one yourself. The game attracts 21 million users each day, 61 percent of which are located in the US. With all the global popularity, it’s natural to be unaware any safety concerns.
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How to protect yourself from a dangerous slip and fall accident

Many of us will hit the road this summer for family vacation fun, visiting area hotels and restaurants along the way. Unfortunately, these destinations are ripe for slip and fall accidents. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 25,000 people a day are victims of slip and fall accidents, accounting for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits. Slip and falls are the number one cause of accidents in restaurants with over one million guests injured annually as a result of restaurant slips and falls. Statistics show that most restaurant slip and falls are directly related to wet or unsafe flooring, inappropriate footwear, and inadequate hazard identification.
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How to avoid whitewater injuries this season

Colorado is well known for its outdoor recreation activities, and one of the most popular this season is whitewater rafting. Each year whitewater rafting is enjoyed by nearly half a million people in our state, contributing an economic impact of more than $160 million. But with this excitement often comes danger, and rafting injuries and deaths have been on the rise in Colorado. Last year, authorities reported 17 deaths in Colorado, well above the state average of 10 each year. This has forced some whitewater rafting companies to move to calmer rapids and keep extra safety gear on hand. “Wiley Ledwith, part-owner of Independent Whitewater in Salida, said a lot of rafting companies are busing people to sections of the popular Arkansas River in central Colorado that are more manageable.” His company also stocks extra rescue gear such as emergency blankets, dry clothes and gloves in case someone falls into the frigid water. They even sometimes send a second raft to drift alongside the one carrying their customers in case a problem arises. But, even with the best safety precautions, accidents still happen.
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Texting and driving? Watch out for the Textalyzer!

Distracted driving due to cellphone use is reaching troubling levels, despite more states banning texting by drivers, Colorado among them. According to the latest figures from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, 32,675 Americans died in traffic crashes, and in 94 percent of these crashes, the driver was the cause of the crash. Mark Rosekind, NHSTA Administrator, says distracted driving is playing an increasing role in these accidents. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) reports that distracted driving kills more than 3,000 people and injures over 430,000 people each year, and shows no sign of improvement.
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How to keep you and your family free from amusement park injuries

During the warm summer months, many families will attend outdoor carnivals, amusement parks, and even Colorado’s famed State Fair. Our state boasts more than 30 different amusement and theme parks, many of the best located right around Denver. While these parks can be a ton of fun, they can often end up in accidents and personal injuries. In 2014, a teen at the Colorado State Far was seriously injured on the “Sky Fire”, which malfunctioned in mid-air, forcing 15-year-old Matt Landin to brace himself to keep from being thrown off the looping ride.
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Are outdoor activities putting you at risk for injury this season?

Many of us love Colorado for the multitude of outdoor recreational activities the state offers residents. And with the warmer weather finally upon us, Coloradans of all ages and activity levels will finally shed the winter blues for fun in the sun. Whether it’s whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking or picnicking at a state park with family and friends, as the state’s tourism board puts it, “The perfect time to get outdoors in Colorado is all the time.” Unfortunately, with all these outdoor activities comes an elevated risk for accidents and injuries. According to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, injuries are the leading cause of death for Coloradans ages 1-44, with almost half of the injury hospitalizations in Colorado due to falls, many of which occur in the great outdoors. Each year, more than 32,000 Coloradans are hospitalized for these injuries, and the state saw more than 250,000 emergency department visits.
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Know how to keep bicycling safe from injury

With warmer weather right around the corner, many of us will be hitting the trails and roadways by bicycle to enjoy the beautiful vistas and scenery Colorado offers, and staying safe should be a prime concern for everybody. According to the most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, in just one year, more than 48,000 cyclists were injured and 743 werekilledin crashes involving other vehicles. And Colorado sees its fair share of those accidents, with cyclist fatalities climbing 63 percent in the last ten years through 2012, nearly 30 percent above the national average for the same period.To that end, on February 17, 2016, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock officially announcedDenver’s commitment to Vision Zero.With his announcement, Denver joins a growing list of U.S. cities that includes Seattle, Portland, Chicago, and New York in an international safety campaign that makes safer streets a priority, for pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists. The program is guided by the principle that all traffic-related serious injuries and deaths are preventable. Area bicycle safety groups, like Bike Denver and Bicycle Colorado, are playing their part in implementing the Vision Zero program.
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Technology improvements help protect you in a car crash

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), for the first time in history, more vehicle models than ever before have never been involved in a deadly crash. The flipside to this promising data is that older cars still present serious risks, especially to younger drivers. While deadly car crashes are still too common — taking the lives of more than 30,000 people per year, on average, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – vehicles keep getting safer, and deadly crashes could one day become a thing of the past.
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Snowmobiling can quickly turn winter fun into a serious injury

With winter in full swing, snowmobile season is also upon us, and with vehicles that can reach speeds of 90 mph and weigh more than 600 pounds, it is not surprising that snowmobiling causes more than 200 deaths and nearly 14,000 accidents each year. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) reminds riders to travel safely to help avoid dangerous accidents and injuries. “Snowmobiling is a great way to get into the backcountry in Colorado, but we recommend reviewing some safety precautions to assure a safe trip,” says Ryan Crabb, trails coordinator for CPW and an expert snowmobiler.  
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