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Preventing Injuries or Losses
 
There's a whole host of good reasons for never getting behind the wheel after having an alcoholic drink, not the least of which is putting your and other lives in danger.
10/15/2014
How DUI Accidents Affect Auto Insurance
Residents of Sacramento, Calif. see the most significant jump in premiums after fatal DUI crashes, according to a new analysis.
 
For the past 90 years, the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored the seven-day awareness period, which takes place between Oct. 5 and 11.
10/9/2014
Fire Prevention Week Focuses on Smoke Detector Maintenance
Close to two-thirds of the deaths resulting from a structure fire are those where an alarm wasn't present or inoperable, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
 
Three Ford models are among the most-stolen SUVs in the country
10/7/2014
NICB: High Number of SUVs, CUVs Stolen in Recent Years
Three of the five most-stolen sports utility vehicles in the past three years are Ford models.
 
After a year's that's been replete with automotive recalls due to safety issues, a surprising new study reveals that safety takes a backseat to price when it comes to the factors that consumers consider before purchasing a new vehicle.
10/1/2014
Poll: Consumers Value Price Over Safety
More car buyers say the affordability of a vehicle has a bigger influence on their decision to purchase a vehicle than safety history, according to YouGov.
 
A CDC poll says that 1 in 4 women are affected by sexual abuse in their lifetime.
9/25/2014
How to Protect Yourself from Sexual Assault
With the 2014-15 school season underway, these recommendations can help protect college-aged women from unwanted sex acts.
 
According to the National Weather Service, there's an 80% chance that El Nino will occur during either the fall or winter.
9/22/2014
Will Fall Bring an Active or Quiet Season for Storms?
If 2014 is a repeat of 2013, it could be another quiet autumn on tap.
 
Three-quarters of U.S. consumers say the punishment for texting behind the wheel is inadequate.
9/19/2014
Americans Want More Rigorous Penalties from Texting and Driving
Three-quarters of U.S. consumers say the punishment for texting behind the wheel is inadequate.
 
If you plan on hosting a pool party, it's important to be aware of the potential issues that may come up if someone is seriously hurt.
9/10/2014
End-of-Season Pool Party Planned? Make Safety a Priority
The Insurance Information Institute reminds homeowners about the insurance implications resulting from pool-related accidents.
 
Texting while driving is not only dangerous, it's infuriating to other drivers, according to a new study.
9/5/2014
Texters Most Anger-Inducing Drivers, Americans Say
A new survey from Expedia says that motorists find texting while driving to be the most infuriating behavior to observe.
 
As the summer weather creeps in, be sure to check to see if your headlights' output is affected by the heat and humidity.
8/28/2014
Summer Weather can Reduce Output of Headlights
Lighting experts say that drivers should be particularly mindful of their vehicle's headlights when temperatures are hot and humid.
 
A new report has confirmed that Honda's Civic and Accord auto models are the most stolen car in the country.
8/25/2014
Most Frequently Stolen Vehicle of 2013
The Civic and Accord, both made by Honda, were the most frequently stolen and recovered car models last year, according to LoJack.
 
Many Americans think hands-free devices are safer to use behind the wheel then they really may be.
7/31/2014
Do Hands-Free Devices Make Driving Safer?
A new National Safety Council survey reveals how many people are under the wrong impression about hands-free technology.
 
Fire damages costs have been rising for more than 30 years, according to a new report from the NFPA.
7/30/2014
NFPA: Fire Damage Expenses Up Significantly Since 1980
The National Fire Protection Association says the total cost of fires in the U.S. has increased by 34% in the past three decades.
 
Americans may not have a very clear idea of what leads to a mandatory evacuation.
7/23/2014
Determining Factors in a Hurricane Evacuation
8 in 10 Americans incorrectly believe that evacuation boundaries are affected by hurricane category, according to a FLASH survey.
 
A new report has found that smartphone theft is a growing concern around the country.
7/17/2014
Smartphone Theft On The Rise
Consumer Reports says 3.1 million smartphones were stolen last year, twice the rate of 2012.
 
The American Kennel Club is reminding the country to keep pet fire safety in mind.
7/15/2014
Keep your pet protected this 'Pet Fire Safety Day'
Approximately a half-million pets are affected by a fire in the home each year, according to the American Kennel Club.
 
In a test asking respondents some basic questions about rental laws, roughly 47% of tenants and approximately half of landlords, on average, answered the queries incorrectly.
7/11/2014
Poll: Rental laws still unclear
Approximately two-thirds of renters erroneously believe that their landlord can end a leasing agreement prematurely for family-related reasons, according to Zillow.
 
As car theft season draws closer, NHTSA is warning all vehicle owners to take caution.
7/8/2014
Peak Season for Vehicle Theft
Peak season for cars being stolen is July and August, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
If new forecasts are correct, 2014 won't be a disastrous year when it comes to hurricanes.
7/7/2014
2014 Hurricane Forecast Predictions
Colorado State University climatologists say 2014 could be a repeat of 2013, when hurricanes were few and far between.
 
This Independence Day, make safety a priority.
7/3/2014
How to have an accident-free Fourth of July
Most fireworks injuries that occur each year happen around the Independence Day holiday, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
 
The National Weather Service is reminding everyone about storm safety during Lightning Awareness Week.
6/26/2014
NWS: 'When thunder roars, go indoors'
June 22-28 is National Lightning Awareness Week, led by the National Weather Service.
 
As summer arrives, experts are warning the public to take swimming safety seriously.
6/20/2014
Swimming Pool Safety Tips
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers tips on how to help ensure the pool is an accident-free zone in 2014.
 
One of the most common causes of accidents that lead to auto insurance claims stem from distracted driving.
6/11/2014
Most motorists sing while driving
Singing aloud is something that more than half of Americans admit to doing on the road, according to a DMEautomotive poll.
 
Restaurant sales dipped marginally in 2013 as competing in the industry becomes more challenging.
6/10/2014
Restaurant sales ease in 2013
A new study finds that overall restaurant sales slowed last year, although not by much.
 
The National Safety Council’s latest fact sheet uncovers the most common injuries Americans suffer.
6/2/2014
NSC releases latest injury report
The National Safety Council published its 2014 edition of 'Injury Facts,' which delves into what types of injuries there have been nationwide.
 
Don't let your Memorial Day weekend fun go up in smoke.
5/23/2014
Make grilling safety a priority this Memorial Day weekend
Celebrate those who served and barbecue safely with these tips from the U.S. Fire Administration.
 
Americans all over the country are taking part in a program to raise awareness of dog bit prevention.
5/19/2014
National Dog Bite Prevention Week begins
An average of 4.5 million people are hurt each year due to dog bites, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
 
Of the 11 so-called "minicars" that were tested, only one received an acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test.
5/16/2014
IIHS: Minicars test poorly in crash analysis
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the 2014 crop of tiny automobiles are the worst performing in crash testing.
 
Other breeds that cause fewer allergic reactions, as suggested by EH&E, include the Labradoodle - which

is a mixture of the Labrador and Poodle - Yorkshire Terrier, Schnauzer and Maltese.
5/2/2014
Best dog breeds for allergy sufferers
In light of it being allergy season, experts at Environmental Health & Engineering offer recommendations for the types of dogs that don't have a lot of pet dander.
 
Tornadoes can occur at any time, and there's no telling when or where the next one will be.
5/1/2014
Latest tornado outbreak a cautionary tale for Americans to prepare
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has suggestions on what to do before, during and after a tornado.
 
Even a slight amount of alcohol increases the risk of filing an auto insurance claim due to a car crash.
4/21/2014
Even low doses of alcohol too much for driving, report finds
A University of California, San Diego study suggests that any amount of alcohol consumption is a vehicle operation safety hazard.
 
He added that to prevent kids from being injured in shopping carts - which typically occurs when the carriages tip over - it's high time that shopping cart safety standards be strengthened.
4/16/2014
Shopping-cart injuries among children common
A new report indicates that 24,000 kids are seriously hurt each year by a shopping cart.
 
In recognition of National Kick Butts Day, it’s important to acknowledge that for the third straight year, smoking among the nation's young people fell.
3/19/2014
Youth smoking rate plummets in 2013
New government data finds that junior high and high schoolers are lighting up less frequently.
 
In a recent poll, employees noted that they would not use all of their sabbatical time.
3/12/2014
Many workers leave vacation time on the table
For third consecutive year, most employees in the U.S. didn't take all of their time off in 2013.
 
There are several ways in which to go about insuring an engagement ring, such as through renters insurance or umbrella insurance.
3/5/2014
When engagement rings go missing
Three stories of lost and found engagement rings help illustrate why it's important to have these expensive pieces of jewelry insured.
 
With this being Natural Severe Weather Week, climatologist remind Americans that the upcoming season could be an active one for catastrophes.
3/3/2014
Report: 2013 fourth-warmest year on record
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's report reveals that last year was one of the hottest.
 
Potential consequences that they believed could take place included being fired, being teased or harassed by their fellow co-workers, as well as not receiving a promotion.
2/28/2014
One in 10 Americans hesitant to report job related injuries
A new survey from FindLaw.com says that 10% of adults have not informed their workplace after being hurt, worried as to what might happen if they did.
 
As the DOJ defines it, identity theft is the misuse or attempted misuse of an existing account for underhanded purposes.
2/25/2014
Report: Identity theft pervasive threat in 2012
Nearly 10% of Americans over the age of 16 had their identities stolen two years ago, according to newly released government data.
 
In a handful of generator-related deaths, individuals were using them because their electricity had been turned off by utility companies due to non-payment or dispute over a bill.
2/24/2014
Portable generators No. 1 cause of carbon monoxide death
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that 800 of the more than 930 CO-related deaths from 1999 to 2012 were caused by generators.
 
Other frequent sources of injury included repetitive motions, being struck by an object or machinery, a motor vehicle accident or workplace violence.
2/21/2014
One in five seriously hurt while working
Injuries on the job are fairly commonplace, according to a new FindLaw.com poll.
 
Freezing temperatures serve as a reminder of just how dangerous Mother Nature can be, both for cold and heat.
2/13/2014
Temperature extremes call for added vigilance
Freezing temperatures serve as a reminder of just how dangerous Mother Nature can be.
 
Another issue for entrepreneurs, the study found, is malware, which is damaging software that's embedded stealthily in seemingly innocuous links that can cause serious problems for a network or personal computer.
1/28/2014
Mobile device popularity increasing security risks for businesses
A new study conducted by the Ponemon Institute finds that cyber security is becoming more difficult to control due to increased Internet access on the go.
 
Child safety remains a serious issue on today's streets.
1/16/2014
Booster seats excel in safety testing
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives out more "Best Bet" designations for booster seats.
 
In 2012, more than half of small businesses had to deal with a cyber threat of some kind, many of which attacked companies’ sensitive organizational data.
1/15/2014
Cyber Security Awareness Month a success, but was it enough?
Hundreds of business owners joined the anti-cybercrime movement this past October, but concerns about Target's recent security breach emphasize the need for cyber protection.
 
General Motors had the highest share of vehicles in operation at 26.6%, followed by Ford at 19%. Chrysler tied with Toyota at 12.5% a piece, according to Experian.
1/8/2014
Report: More cars on the road than ever before
Close to 250 million vehicles were registered between April and June 2013 - an all-time high, Experian Automotive reports.
 
Fortunately, most of these accidents aren't life-threatening.
12/27/2013
Accidents, breaks common over the holiday season
One in eight Americans says they've damaged an electronic item around Christmastime.
 
The poll indicated that in approximately half of all cases, parents spurned the advice of the car seat manufacturer and opted to position their car seat based on the child's level of comfort.
12/17/2013
Carseats - forward or rear facing?
Six in 10 parents in a recent poll turned their child car seats to forward facing earlier than they should have.
 
In 2011, nearly 700 cyclists were killed after being hit by a car.
12/5/2013
Better railroad crossing signs for bicyclists
A new study suggests that more elaborate warnings are needed for bicycle riders crossing over rails.
 
Thanksgiving Day is a time to spend with family, not to put out the flames.
11/26/2013
How to keep Thanksgiving Day safe
The National Fire Protection Association provides families with some cooking recommendations to avoid a potential fire.
 
Car accident rates are high among veterans, due to traumatic brain injuries, aggressive 

driving and post-traumatic stress disorder.
11/11/2013
Veterans frequently involved in automotive crashes
Recent reports reveal that men and women returning from the battlefield are being killed in car accidents at an alarming rate.
 
The Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform can impact how much homeowners and renters pay in premiums based on their flood risk.
11/5/2013
Lawmakers' influence within the insurance domain
The effects on flood insurance due to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.
 
There were approximately 41 million trick-or-treaters in 2011
10/29/2013
Are you ready for a Trick or a Treat?
Lots of young kids will be out and about this Halloween, increasing homeowners' liability if they're not adequately prepared.
 
Restaurant.com named the 25 best eateries for American cuisine.
10/24/2013
New list sure to bring increased volume for restaurateurs
Restaurant.com names 25 best eateries for American-style cuisine.
 
Approximately 33% of adults are either currently helping, or planning to assist, their kids with tuition and student fees.
10/22/2013
Poll: One-third of adults helping kids pay for college
New survey data shows that families are often sharing education expenses.
 
Though it's late in the season, meteorologists warn that the threat for hurricanes still looms.
10/21/2013
Americans admit not prepared for disaster
Recent polling data shows that six in 10 families aren't ready to handle a crisis.
 
A study finds Sunday isn’t an ideal day for many Americans in terms of sleep.
10/16/2013
Poll: Sleep hard to come by on Sunday
A new survey reveals that Americans find Sunday night to be the hardest day of the week to fall asleep.
 
Fire departments responded to approximately 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007 and 2011.
10/8/2013
Keep a lid on kitchen fires
October 6 - 12 is Fire Prevention Week, the theme being how to prevent kitchen fires. 
 
Sexual misconduct can occur anywhere from college campuses to offices.
9/25/2013
Fighting back against sexual misconduct
September 26 is RAINN Day, an observance period that reminds college students and parents of the dangers and prevalence of sex abuse.
 
Kitchen safety should be a prime area of concern for restaurant owners nationwide.
9/24/2013
Key steps to take in the kitchen
Iowa State University offers tips on proper sanitation procedures during National Food Safety Month.
 
Researchers indicate that drivers would be safer not to operate their vehicles with dogs in them.
9/17/2013
Researchers: Driving with dogs not recommended
Recent analysis shows that the elderly drivers raise their crash risk when they take their canine for a car ride.
 
Teen auto-related accidents linked to speeding when behind the wheel.
9/3/2013
GHSA: Substantial share of crashes involving teens attributable to speeding
The Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that one-third of all teenage fatalities on the road derive from driving too fast.
 
Summer is the prime time during which Americans consume hot dogs, a survey found.
8/27/2013
Survey: Millions of Americans confine their hot dog consumption to summer, grilling season
Nearly a quarter of respondents to a new poll say that they only eat frankfurters between June and September.
 
A study finds Sunday isn’t an ideal day for many Americans in terms of sleep.
8/26/2013
Poll: Sleep hard to come by on Sunday
A new survey reveals that Americans find Sunday night to be the hardest day of the week to fall asleep.
 
The NHTSA’s drunk driving initiative runs from late August through early September.
8/20/2013
National drunk driving crackdown August 16th – September 2nd
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign will be in effect for the next two weeks.
 
People with sleep disorders tend to develop other, more serious, ailments.
8/13/2013
Overall health burden severe for those with specific sleep disorder
A new study suggests that people with narcolepsy are more likely to have other health complications.
 
Only 17 percent of Americans said they regularly apply sunscreen when they go outside.
8/9/2013
Sunscreen still not widely used, Yale study suggests
Yale University report shows that even among those who've been diagnosed with skin cancer, UV protection is often neglected.
 
Last year, more than 58 million Americans had malware on their home computers.
8/2/2013
Report: One in five Americans infected by malware in 2012
Consumer Reports reveals that nearly 60 million people in the U.S. were adversely affected by electronic worms.
 
Even if it’s just for a moment, leaving a child in a hot car is a serious risk.
8/1/2013
Adults urged to be extra cautious of their kids in the car as summer heat continues
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids remind parents to 'look before you lock.'
 
Drivers are urged to pay close attention to the road to avoid any accidents this summer.
7/30/2013
How to avoid a bummer summer
The lazy days of summer can lead to an assortment of problems later on.
 
Distracted driving is still a major concern, especially among teenagers.
7/29/2013
Few concerned parents taking initiative to counter driver distraction fears
Just one in four parents say they've taken steps to prevent their teens from multitasking while they're driving.
 
There has been a sharp rise in the divorce rate in recent years.
7/18/2013
Divorce more common among Americans 50 and over
Lawyers say they've seen a spike in baby boomer clients ending their marriages.
 
Accidental falls by seniors results in 2.3 million emergency room visits each year .
7/9/2013
Slips and falls among elderly are a major source of injury
The American College of Emergency Physicians comments on how falls are common among today's seniors.
 
Two more states have passed laws related to distracted driving.
7/5/2013
Florida, Hawaii pass distracted driving legislation
The Aloha and Sunshine State now prohibit drivers from text messaging.
 
Swimming safety should be a priority for homeowners around Independence Day.
7/3/2013
Make swimming safety a priority this Fourth of July
Drowning remains one of the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the U.S.
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