Ballpark Safety Tips

It’s Little League season again and that means it’s time for a friendly reminder of how to be safe when taking the kids to the ballpark.  Here’s a few friendly safety tips for you and the family to exercise when heading to the ball fields this spring.  Some our more obvious than others, so pay attention.

1.       Make sure the kids are wearing the property safety equipment. – For the typical little leaguer, this means wearing a helmet when hitting at all times.  Similarly, catchers should wear a full equipment gear including the mask when catching pitches.  Kids are still learning at this age, so you can expect some wild pitches.  Mouth guards and cups are also advised equipment.

2.       Use Sunscreen – Whether it’s sunny or a cloudy day, those UV rays are going to get you and your kids.  So wear appropriate level sunscreen. Waterproof sunscreen is preferable because it won’t come off as easy when your kid sweats or pours water on his or her face.  Most local pharmacies carry travel size bottles around that easily fit into purses or ballbags.  Sunburn is a great way to ruin a weekend retreat.

3.       Watch for flying objects! – You’re at a ballpark, likely with multiple games going on at once.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Balls may come at you from multiple directions.  So if you hear someone hollering heads up, pay attention!

4.       Peanuts and Crackerjacks aren’t for everyone – Peanut allergies are becoming more and more common. So before you share a bag of peanuts with your kid’s teammate, make sure you clear it with his/her parents.  You don’t want to start an allergy attack at a little league game.  So be mindful of who you’re sharing food with.

PepsiCo Facing Lawsuit Over Cancer-Causing Chemical in Drink

A California woman has filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo Inc. alleging that they failed to warn consumers that their Pepsi One beverage contains high levels of a cancer-causing chemical. The lawsuit contends that the company was aware that a chemical used called 4-methylimidazole had caused cancer in lab mice, but failed to warn the public of the risks. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and an injunction requiring PepsiCo to either lower the levels of the chemical in the drink or place a warning label on the packaging.

10 Lots of Anesthesia Drug Recalled

A recall has been issued on 10 hospital/user lots of Etomidate Injection, a hypnotic drug used in anesthesia. The voluntary recall is due to the potential for small black particles, identified as paper shipper labels, to be present in individual vials. The ten lots of the drug were distributed Nationwide to distributors, retailers, hospitals, pharmacies, and/or clinics. The drug manufacturer has not received any reports of adverse events related to the contaminated drug.

How Do You Properly Use A Double Turn Lane?

Have you ever had to make a turn and there was an inside and an outside turn lane?  We all have.  Have you noticed the dotted white lines from those turn lanes into the intersection?  Those lines are a guide to inform the drivers in the inside and outside turn lanes as to which lanes they may turn in to.

Did you know if you are turning from the outside turn lane into a four lane road you may take either of the outside two lanes when you make your turn.  If you are turning from the inside lane into a four lane road you make take either of the two inside lanes.  However, you are not supposed to use the inside turn lane to take the outside lanes and vice versa.  Not only is this considered an improper turn, which could garnish you a ticket, but it could also cause a traffic accident.

The more we know about driving safety, the better drivers we become!

Is There A Proper Way to Use a Turn Lane?

How many times have you been driving down the road and had the person in front of you hit their brakes, come to almost a complete stop, and then move into the turning lane?  Probably more often than you’d like.

Most turn lanes are set up so that one can slow down in their lane of travel (i.e., let off the gas) and then ease into the turning lane to begin their stop to make a turn.  The turn lanes are set up this way so as not to impede other traffic.  You do not have to wait until the last moment to move into a turn lane and it is generally desired that you move into a turn lane earlier rather than later.

Winter Tire Safety

With the recent freezing temperatures it is time to think about tire safety. Did you know that winter weather can cause your tires to lose air pressure?

According to TireRack.com the air in your tires and expand when heated and contract when cooled.  As the temperature gets colder your tires’ inflation pressure is going down.  The rule of thumb is for every 10° Fahrenheit change in air temperature, your tire’s inflation pressure will change by about 1 psi (up with higher temperatures and down with lower).

Several vehicle manufacturer’s recommend operating winter tires several psi (3-5) higher in the winter to adjust for the cold temperature fluctuation.  Have you checked your tire pressure since the recent drop in temperature?  Now is a good time to do so.  Just a 5 psi drop in pressure can affect your vehicle’s handling.

Let’s play it safe and remember to check your tires’ air pressure regularly.

What to Keep In Our Cars for Emergencies

After the recent chaos in Birmingham and Atlanta, we have really been thinking differently about what we keep in our cars for emergencies.  The following is a list of items you should keep handy, just in case:

1.  Jumper cables (preferably with the knowledge to use them safely)
2.   Spare tire, tire iron, and car jack (and/or fix-a-flat)
3.   Blanket or sleeping bag:  This is one we never think about, but many of the people that spent the night in their vehicles on Birmingham highways would have loved to have had one.
4.   Drinking water and/or energy bars
5.   Phone charger
6.   Emergency lighting:  Road flares and reflectors make you visible if broken down or stranded at night.  A flashlight could prove useful as well.

 

Common Sense Rules for Winter Driving

Yesterday Birmingham had a snow storm with an accumulation of approximately 1-2 inches of snow.  The city shut down, the roads were piled with cars, the roads closed, people abandoned their vehicles and walked home, and others stayed with their vehicles and slept in them over night.

While it is true the south doesn’t experience snow very often, there are standard rules for winter driving that everyone can follow to ensure a safe passage home.  Rule 1: Slow down – have respect for the snow and ice – drive for the conditions by slowing down.  Rule 2: Keep more than a safe distance between you and the car in front of you – this allows you time to stop without a collision and time to maneuver should the car in front of you begin to slide or go off road into the ditch.  Rule 3: Do Not Slam On Your Brakes – always apply slow even pressure to brakes in wintery conditions to help prevent an out of control skid situation.

The Proper Use of Temporary Spare Tires

As more and more vehicles come with equipped with temporary tires instead of spare tires, it’s time to talk safety.  The other day I drove passed a car on the side of the road with a blown out temporary tire.  It was obvious the temporary tired had been used for more than temporary purposes.  The horrible part in this instance, is when the temporary tire blew it took out a good part of the front bumper on this particular vehicle.

The temporary tire is made to be just as it is named, temporary.  It’s sole purpose is to get you off the side of the road and to the nearest tire center.  The temporary tire is not made for extended use or excess mileage.  It is meant for very short trips to be changed out with a proper tire and stored back in the trunk for the next emergency.

Think safety first and remember to only use the temporary tire for a temporary purposes and remind your friends and family as well.

 

 

Safe Toys for Christmas

We can always count on children to remind us of the true joy associated with the holiday season. So it’s up to us – parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and family – to keep that spirit alive by selecting safe toys for the kids in our lives.

Unfortunately, making a list and checking it twice for safety is not always easy. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) does not test all toys, and not all toys in stores or online meet CPSC standards.Trouble in Toyland, the definitive annual survey from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, identified numerous toys out there right now that are toxic, create choking or strangulation hazards, are too loud or present other dangers.

While supervision is still the best bet to prevent childhood injuries, our hope is that being an informed shopper will help ensure a festive holiday for you and yours. Unwrap our six tips here.