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, using one without being aware of the risks can be life-threatening. Below are safety tips from experts:

cyber safety

Did you know 143 million Americans had their secure information (SSN#, DOB, name, and address) compromised by the Equifax security breach? And hackers were able to access the username, DOB, and email address for 3 billion Yahoo users. With the threat of data breaches becoming increasingly prevalent and cyber Monday in full swing, keep the following cyber safety tips in mind:

Consider utilizing an identity theft protection service that specializes in:

baby safety

During the month of September safety groups throughout the country will be promoting baby safety, focusing this year on the importance of properly using straps on all juvenile products.

Falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injuries for all young children, and one of the easiest ways to prevent a fall is by properly utilizing safety straps.

safe cycling

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 of information on bicycle and pedestrian safety in Kingston. –The Daily Freeman

Personal injury

Every year nearly 40 million Americans will seek medical attention due to an unintentional injury. The vast majority of unintentional injuries could be prevented, yet day in and day out people find themselves in hospitals across the country, their lives completely turned upside down. So, why are unintentional injuries so prevalent? Because far too often people know better, but choose to make unsafe decisions, maybe to save time or money. Here are 5 decisions that commonly lead to injury:

Unresolved safety recall

Recalls are issued for a number of reasons, but generally an auto recall is issued when a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) deems a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire could potentially create an unreasonable safety risk, or fails to meet minimum safety standards.

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