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.