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Just In Time For Christmas-Safety Recalls

The following is a list of a few items which have been listed on SafeKids.Org as Product Safety Recalls for the month of November, 2013.

o Movement and Sound Baby Monitors – Voluntary Recall due to strangulation hazard
o Baja Motorsports Mini Bikes – Due to front fork separation from the wheel
o Tailwind Racks for Trailercycles because the aluminum piece that connects the bikes can break, causing the bikes to disconnect
o Little Willy’s Hooded Sweatshirts due to drawstrings through the hood and neck pose a strangulation hazard
o American Boy & Girl girl’s Susan Sandals due to choking hazard
o The Bailey Boys boy’s loungewear paints due to flammability standards
o ElliptiGO outdoor elliptical cycles due to front fork and drive arm axles detaching

Visit SafeKids.Org for more information on the above recalls and a list of other recalls.

Michelle Garcia and Angie Firmalino have never met in person, but together they are warning thousands of women about complications associated with Essure. Billed as effective, permanent and surgery-free birth control, the Essure procedure involves blocking the fallopian tubes with inserts that look like tiny metal coils. One of Michelle’s coils broke and pierced her abdomen, requiring surgery to remove the coil and both damaged fallopian tubes. After suffering sharp stabbing pains, heavy bleeding, fevers, fatigue and depression for two years, Angie also had the coils removed only to discover that a piece broke off during surgery and remains lodged in her uterus.

Since starting a Facebook page and website called Essure Problems to warn friends and families about the product, Angie has heard from hundreds of other women who have also suffered complications from Essure. Meanwhile, Michelle is working with the American Association for Justice to protest a Supreme Court decision that exempts the manufacturers of FDA-approved medical devices like Essure from legal responsibility for injuries caused by their products. Read more about MichelleAngie and the latest news about women struggling with Essure.

A Mom Fights for Accountability on Energy Drinks

In 2012, 14-year-old Anais Fournier drank two 24-ounce cans of Monster energy drink within 24 hours, went into cardiac arrest and died. The cause of death listed on her autopsy report was “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity“ in the presence of a heart condition. The caffeine Anais consumed is equivalent to 14 cans of Coca-Cola and is almost five times the recommended daily limit for children.

Thus began an odyssey for Wendy Crossland (Anais’ mom) that culminated recently with congressional hearings on the safety of energy drinks such as Monster, 5-Hour Energy, Red Bull, Rockstar and others. The revved-up sodas have been cited for a twofold increase in emergency room visits from 2007 to 2011 and reports of at least 18 deaths to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Read more about Casey and EndDD.

Tim is proud to have been elected president of the Huntsville Young Lawyers and began his term August 6, 2013.  Tim, as new president, was honored to host the Sixth Annual Judicial Appreciation Party in honor of our Madison County Judges.

Tim had this to say about his opportunity to serve his local bar: “It is always special to be placed in a leadership position.  I hope to keep the proud tradition of our organization in serving our local lawyers.  As we help young lawyers in our community, we help the clients that those lawyers serve.”

Way to go Tim!

WATCH OUT! For Child Pedestrians

  1.  Do not block a crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn.  Your vehicle should remain behind the crosswalk so that pedestrians can cross safely.
  2.  If a school zone is activated (flashing lights) you MUST yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  The pedestrian has the right-of-way in the school zone if in a crosswalk.
  3. Always stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard or school patrol officer.
  4. Again, children are unpredictable, so take extra care to look out for kids in school zones, near playgrounds and in neighborhoods, especially just before and after schools let out for the day.
  5. Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the right of way.  This just leads to angry driving and scared, unpredictable children who may make a worse decision the next time crossing the street.

These are just a few school-related driving safety tips that can help keep you and your children safe this fall.  If we all share the roadway and try not to get into too big a hurry, we can help prevent tragic consequences from occurring.  We wish you the best of luck starting out this new school year!

Back to School: Bus Driving Safety Tips

As our children prepare to head back to school this fall, it’s important for us to remember some bus driving driving safety tips that will help keep our streets safe.  Here are some bus safety tips:

1.        All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
2.       Yellow flashing lights mean a bus is preparing to stop to load/unload children.  Red Flashing lights means that a bus is stopped and children are loading/unloading.
3.       All 50 states require traffic in BOTH directions to stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus
4.       The area 10 feet around a school bus is where most children are in danger of being hit.
5.       Be alert because children can be unpredictable and can get too comfortable with the roads near their homes and head across a street at a moment’s notice.
6.       Never pass a school bus on the right.

Secure the Pool

1) Install a four-sided fence: Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children between one and four years of age, and many of those tragedies occur when children wander away from parental supervision. Install a four-sided fence around your pool instead of a three-sided fence with the house forming the fourth side. Also note that pool covers are often hard to see through and can conceal a drowning child.

2) Stock rescue equipment: Keep a shepherd’s crook — a long pole with a hook on the end — and life preservers by the pool at all times. An important note: Water floaties are NOT a suitable alternative to life jackets or life preservers. Instead, use life jackets and exercise arm’s-length parental supervision. In addition, designate a “water watcher” during any pool event at home. Download a water watcher card and other teaching resources from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

3) Encourage swimming lessons: Studies have shown that swimming lessons for children one to four years of age drastically reduces the risk of drowning — by up to 88 percent.

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