Deer Season Safety Tips

As we enter fall and start losing our afternoon daylight faster, remember that deer season is upon us.  It is during this time of year, especially during the dusk hours that deer incidents increase.

 Having lived in Alaska for some years, Moose season is extremely dangerous.  Moose are huge and can wreak havoc on both vehicles and drivers.  While we do not have to worry about Moose in Alabama, deer can still wreak havoc as well.  What I did learn driving in the early morning dawn or the evening dusk is to be more vigilant and be more aware of deer which may be standing near the edge of the road ready to cross.

 Should a deer jump out in front of your vehicle and an accident is unavoidable, as with moose, you want to aim for the hind quarters as this will push the deer away from your vehicle.  An impact anywhere else runs the risk of the animal being thrown to the top of your hood and possibly into your windshield.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is approaching, and while having fun, you also want to make sure that your property is safe for the trick-or treaters that will be coming. The following are some tips to make this Halloween not only enjoyable, but safe for everyone.

  • First and foremost, do not leave any open flames on your property unsupervised. This can include bon fires and candles on your walkway.
  • Make sure that your pets are inside and secured so that they are not able to get loose when you open your door. This not only keeps your pets safe, but eliminates the possibility of someone getting injured by your pet.
  • Ensure that your decorations are securely and properly hung and cannot fall off or down onto someone. Make sure that any holes in your yard are either roped off or filled in and are not trip hazards.
  • Likewise, make sure that if you have any electrical cords running through your yard that they are covered so someone cannot trip and fall over them. This also applies to any tools or toys that may be in your yard. Make sure that your yard is clear from anything that could be a trip hazard.

 This is just a short list of some suggestions that you can do to help keep everyone safe on Halloween night. We want everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween!

Don’t Forget it’s TIme for Football Tailgating Safety

It’s finally football season again and that means it’s time to tailgate at home or on the road with your favorite football team.We wanted to give you a few safety tips to ensure your tailgating experience is a safe and enjoyable experience this fall.

 ·         Be careful with the grill – Grilling is an essential part of tailgating.  But it’s also one of the most dangerous hazards if not used correctly.  Wait until charcoal is cool to the touch before discarding them in bins designed for coals. On gas grills, check all hoses to make sure they did not get punctured or come loose while being transported.  Double check to make sure you turned off the propane tank before you leave your tailgate as well.

 ·        Bring a fire extinguisher and first aid kit – When cooking with fire, there is always the potential for a flare up that gets out of control. A small fire extinguisher ensures that small flare up doesn’t become a big fire. Also, a small first aid kit is always smart to have on hand whenever traveling and especially at a tailgate where people can get burned by grills or injured tossing around a football.

 ·        Watch out for the sun! – Early in the season many of those afternoon games still have high heat indexes.  Make sure the stay hydrated with plenty of water.  Also, don’t forget to bring the sunscreen to make sure you don’t get burned.

 ·        Designate a driver – Make sure someone in your group is good to drive and isn’t under the influence of alcohol. The worst way to end a tailgate is getting pulled over for a DUI when it can easily be avoided with some responsible planning.

Surviving Rush Hour Traffic by Just Paying Attention

As our city of Huntsville grows, so does the rush hour traffic. The number of cars traveling the parkway during rush hour has increased tremendously over the last few years. South Memorial Parkway can be a dangerous place during afternoon rush hour. This statement was proven yesterday, July 21st, when three vehicles were involved in a wreck at the intersection of Lily Flagg and South Memorial Parkway. Six people were transported to the hospital with various injuries. As the traffic flow increases so does the attention of drivers. We as drivers have to make sure we have all of our attention focused on the task at hand, driving.

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