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How do you childproof your house?

When you have visitors at your New Jersey home, you may not think about the ways people can get hurt. If your guests have young children, though, it is important to consider their safety. Although you may think you do not need to childproof if you do not have children, it is a good idea to know childproofing basics so your house will be safe for all of your visitors.

If a friend's children will spend time in your kitchen, it is important to make sure they will be safe in this room. According to Parents magazine, children can easily reach the burners on a stove, as well as appliances on countertops. To make sure the kids are safe, you should typically take the knobs off of the stove when you are not cooking or install a stove guard while the kids are visiting. You should also make sure the appliances are put away. It is a good idea to put latches on the lower cabinets so a child cannot open them.

Summer holiday driving dangers

With the Memorial Day weekend comes the unofficial start to summer in New Jersey. It is the first of many times over the coming months that people will take to the road in droves for long weekend getaways with friends and family. While these events should be times to celebrate they can unfortunately end up being times to mourn when unnecessary and tragic accidents occur. Value Penguin reported on some statistics based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that shows just how deadly summer fun can become.

Based on information spanning five years from 2011 to 2015, the three primary summer holiday weekends occupy the top three spots in a list of the most deadly holiday weekends year-round in the United States. On a typical, non-holiday three-day weekend, an average of 245 people died in traffic accidents during this time. Of those, 29 percent died in drunk driving crashes.

How do you keep guests safe in a swimming pool?

As summer draws closer, you may think about the parties you will host at your New Jersey home. If you have a swimming pool, though, you generally need to make sure you take the precautions necessary to keep these parties safe.

It important for you to remember that guests may sometimes be injured around a swimming pool. SwimmingPool.com says that you should make sure your pool meets all of the local safety requirements. You should usually have more than one ladder so people can get in and out of the pool easily. These ladders typically need to have handrails that children can easily hold onto. Additionally, you should ensure that the rungs of the ladders have a width of at least three inches.

How can you reduce your chances of being hit by a car?

In New Jersey, there has been an upswing in people who choose to commute by biking. While this has many benefits to your health and the environment, it also comes with some risk. Sharing the road with vehicles can always pose a danger to people on bikes. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to cut down on your chances of being hit.

The best thing to do is to follow the road rules. The New Jersey state Department of Transportation lists the rules and regulations that bicyclists must abide by. This includes using marked bike paths when available, as well as obeying all traffic signs just as you would do if you were in a car. Stop at stop lights and stop signs, yield when appropriate, and follow the right-of-way.

In the blink of an eye: pedestrian accidents

In cities across the country, pedestrians must use caution when crossing streets and walking along sidewalks. Just as much, drivers must maintain a keen awareness of surroundings, including those on foot. New Jersey residents have the right to feel safe when travelling, no matter the mode of transportation, and part of this safety includes protection from potentially hazardous drivers.

Just earlier this week, USA Today reported on a pedestrian accident that resulted in the death of a 52-year-old Brick resident. According to the report, the man had been walking around the area of Dorado Plaza when a 2011 Camry struck him. The pedestrian had simply been trying to cross the road. Although many pedestrian incidents with vehicles involve an intoxicated or distracted driver, the driver of this accident had allegedly been sober. At current, it is unclear whether the driver will face fines or charges.

What are common causes of slip-and-fall accidents?

When residents in New Jersey like you hit the town, you expect to visit safe public places. Unfortunately, safety isn't something you'll get every single time. Lee Law Firm, LLC, will be here to lend a helping hand if you ever find yourself suffering due to the negligence of a public property owner.

Slip-and-fall accidents can involve more than just wet floors, which are one of the most popular examples. They don't even have to occur indoors. If you trip on broken or loose pavement in a parking lot, that qualifies as a potential slip-and-fall case. Another possible scenario involves construction defects in the walkways, guard rails, or steps that lead to you harming yourself.

Keep children safe from heavy furniture

When New Jersey residents make sure their home is free of hazards, they may not consider whether their furniture is safe. However, some pieces of furniture can harm children if the furniture is not securely anchored, and sometimes TVs present a hazard to children as well. It is important for people to make sure their furniture does not tip over.

Young children can easily be harmed if they try to climb furniture which is not properly anchored to a wall. HealthyChildren.org says that 64 percent of the children who are hurt after furniture tips over are younger than five. Boys are most susceptible to these injuries, as statistics indicate that 61 percent of wounds caused by tip-overs are incurred by boys. Some people may think that only large TVs can harm young children. However, small TVs may present more of a danger to toddlers, as some people sometimes put smaller TVs on top of dressers and do not always properly secure them. The wounds children can receive from furniture and TV tip-overs can sometimes be severe. A toddler typically sustains injuries to his or her neck and head in 63 percent of these incidents, while 37 percent of children receive lacerations.

Teenagers and distracted driving

When teenagers begin driving in New Jersey, parents typically worry about their safety on the road. They may not realize, though, that one hazard rides inside the car with their teenager--a cellphone. These devices can easily distract teens behind the wheel and may cause them to be involved in more collisions.

One of the reasons distracted driving leads to more accidents is that teenagers have their eyes on their cellphones instead of the road. CNBC says that before a collision occurs, adolescent drivers have their eyes away from the road for about 4.1 seconds. Drivers should typically look away from the road for three seconds at most. Other behavior behind the wheel can distract teens. Singing along with the radio or trying to grab an object, as well as speaking to multiple passengers, can take a teenager's mind off the road. Additionally, looking at an object either outside or inside the car can be a distraction.

What construction dangers could pedestrians or drivers face?

You may already be aware that construction is a dangerous industry to work for. However, what if you are minding your own business walking or driving past a construction site in New Jersey? It may interest you to find out that being in the wrong place at the wrong time near roadwork or a new building site may be dangerous for you, an innocent bystander.

FindLaw explains that there are numerous common accidents that endanger people at construction sites. These include falling, electrocution, being caught in between objects or machinery or being struck by objects. The latter is especially true for those who do not work in construction but might be near a worksite. For example, you could be walking down a sidewalk next to a building being renovated and get hit on the head by a falling plank. You could also trip over construction debris on the walkway or fall into an excavation that was not adequately blocked off. As a driver, your vehicle might get hit by falling objects from the construction site, or you could be in an accident with a construction vehicle.

What is New Jersey’s storm in progress doctrine?

As a New Jersey resident, you are all too familiar with the havoc Mother Nature can wreak on streets, sidewalks, parking lots and outdoor stairs during the winter. Getting where you need to go when you need to be there often is challenging, if not downright hazardous. Your risk of falling on a slippery sidewalk or sliding on an icy road becomes greater with each snowflake or sleet pellet that hits the ground.

While property owners have the duty to take reasonable care to maintain their premises in a manner safe enough for employees, tenants, invitees and the general public to be there, FindLaw explains that their duty to keep their property free and clear of snow and ice is not absolute. Under New Jersey’s storm in progress doctrine, property owners can wait until the storm is over before starting to remove the accumulated snow and/or ice. Therefore, if you slip and fall or have an auto accident before the property owner is required to clean up his or her property, he or she may not be liable for any injuries or property damage you sustain.

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