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Category Archives: Safety Tips

Child Safety Demonstration Shows Dangers of Hot Cars

dangers of hot cars for children

According to experts, each year an average of 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. In a memorable demonstration, Los Angeles police officers gathered with local representatives and set up two cars – one with the windows closed and one with them cracked – to demonstrate just how fast each car -->

Pothole Accidents and Protecting Your Rights

Pothole Accidents and Protecting Your Rights

‘Tis the Season of Pothole Related Accidents, What You Need to Know Pothole accidents are extremely common in late winter and early spring as there are regular fluctuations in temperature. Potholes are generally caused by environmental factors such as heat, rain, ice and snow. These conditions erode the pavement and create cracks, which can be -->

Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers

Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers

All parents want to keep their children safe no matter how young or old they are.  When children mature into teenagers they are presented with new dangers, as parents it’s our job to stay informed so that we can encourage our children to make good decisions- especially behind the wheel. If you have a young -->

Labor Day: Safe Driving Tips

Labor Day: Safe Driving Tips

As Labor Day approaches, many are excited for the long weekend and celebrations with family and friends. Labor Day is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, so it is important to stay safe and plan ahead before you head out on the road. Here are some simple tips to follow before the -->

July 4th Firework Safety Tips

July 4th Firework Safety Tips

Many New Yorkers will conclude Independence Day celebrating with fireworks. It’s not a surprise the number of reported injuries related to fireworks is much higher around July 4th, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you plan to light off fireworks, the National Council on Fireworks Safety urges consumers to be ‘fireworks smart’ -->

What You Should Know Before Using Your Home Generator

What You Should Know Before Using Your Home Generator

Those of us who call Upstate New York home are accustomed to severe weather that causes wide-spread, and sometimes prolonged, power outages. Many New Yorkers use generators to power their homes while waiting for power to be restored. When doing so, it is important to remember that although your generator may feel like a life-saver, -->

Important Information for Parents About JUULing

Important Information for Parents About JUULing

Chances are you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘JUULing’ (we were too, until recently). A JUUL is an e-cigarette that looks very similar to a USB drive. Unlike a traditional cigarette, the discreet smoking device produces a sweet and fruity smell. Because JUULs don’t look or smell like cigarettes teens are able to get away with -->

Live Injury-Free

Live Injury-Free

There’s a critical health threat that deserves our attention: preventable, serious and life-threatening injuries.  Accidental injury is the #3 leading cause of death for people of all ages. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), preventable deaths rose by 10% in 2016. Injuries don’t discriminate. It’s very likely that you or someone you know has -->

Toxic Substances Used More Frequently Than you Think

Toxic Substances Used More Frequently Than you Think

Asbestos, one of the most recognized toxic chemicals used in the U.S. and abroad, kills an estimated 13,500-16,000 Americans each year*. Although Asbestos is known to cause an array of health issues, including lung cancer, asbestosis, asbestos pleural disease, and mesothelioma, but surprisingly the number of imported goods containing asbestos has actually increased in recent years. -->

A Little Aggression behind the Wheel can have Lasting Effects, Tips to Prevent Road Rage

A Little Aggression behind the Wheel can have Lasting Effects, Tips to Prevent Road Rage

According to Safemotorist.com 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by some form of aggressive driving. Examples of aggressive driving include speeding, trying to beat a red light, and tailgating because the driver in front of you is driving too slow. Here are some tips to prevent aggressive driving, and to keep you and others safer -->

Tis The Season, Parking Lot Safety

Tis The Season, Parking Lot Safety

Between the holiday music, festive lights and displays, and an influx of people out and about, it’s easy to become distracted behind the wheel. We urge you to use caution while navigating crowded parking lots and visitor centers during the holiday season. Unfortunately, all too often drivers fail to put safety first and innocent people -->

Can I File a Claim if I’m Injured in a Gym?

Going to a gym, exercise or yoga studio to feel and look better is a fun and healthy activity. The more you exercise, the better you feel. While there may be no dispute regarding that claim, gyms are also places where accidents happen. Many factors contribute to the incidence of accidents in gyms and other -->

This Week is Operation Safe Driver Week- Get Involved!

This Week is Operation Safe Driver Week- Get Involved!

Do you speed, text, or follow too closely to other vehicles? If they answer is ‘yes’ than beginning today make a commitment to become a safe driver. This week law enforcement officers are expected to be on the lookout for dangerous driving behavior. “During Operation Safe Driver Week, law enforcement agencies across North America engage -->

Learn More About Safe Cycling in Ulster County This Weekend

On Saturday, July 15th a free Bike Fest is taking place at the Kingston Library from 12:00pm until 3:00pm. This event will include a children’s bike skills program (no bike needed), a community bike repair clinic, a helmet fitting clinic, a free community barbecue for participants (provided by the Kingston Elks Lodge 550), and lots -->

Driveway Safety Information for Parents

Safekids.org reports more than nine thousand children are treated each year in emergency rooms for injures that occurred while they were unattended in or around motor vehicles. A significant portion of those injuries could have been prevented. Next time you enter or exit a driveway keep the following in mind: Before backing up always thoroughly -->

Final High School Visit of 2017

Thank you, Ballston Spa for being such wonderful hosts this past week. During our day two program we were able to speak with hundreds of students about the dangers of distracted driving- while giving away some fun promo items! A favorite was our ‘don’t drive distracted’ shirts.  tees.jpg Learn more about our distracted driving program, -->

Memorial Day Safety Tips

Memorial Day weekend, to many, is the official kick off of the summer season. As you prepare for upcoming celebrating, please keep the following safety tips in mind: Travel: according to the AAA’s annual forecast nearly 40 million Americans will travel 50+ miles or more this Memorial Day weekend. This memorial day is predicted to -->

Commit to Quit 2017

Since 2011, when Finkelstein & Partners launched ‘Commit to Quit’, our distracted driving program, we have made every effort to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. We attended our first event of 2017 in Mechanicville, New York this past week. photo_apr_12_2_44_05_pm.jpg Thank you to our friends at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, STOP-DWI New -->