Month: July 2016

  Summer weather draws outdoor enthusiasts to engage in—you guessed it—outdoor activities. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported over 900 deaths and nearly 500,000 emergency room visits related to bicycle crashes for the year 2013. Here in Houston, a variety of trails are available for bikes to weave throughout the city. Although […]

  As canine researchers will tell you, dog bites usually spike each year during the summer months. This may be due to more children playing outdoors during this time of year and because some dogs become more irritable when forced to spend hours outdoors in high temperatures. According to one ABC News article, roughly 27% […]

  At present, the U. S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission’s statistics concerning annual hot tub injuries and deaths can be difficult to interpret since they’re commonly grouped together with swimming pool accidents and drownings. However, ongoing news stories clearly indicate that hot tubs still pose serious safety threats for all age groups. For example, […]

  Every year, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) gathers statistics, so it can learn more about how many workers are being hurt on the job. Based on 2014 statistics, we now know that almost one-fifth of all private industry employees lose their lives while working on construction sites. This means that about 874 […]

  Bounce houses of one type or another have been around for a long time. In fact, some of us first saw smaller versions of them inside restaurants designed for kids and their parents years ago. Then they became freestanding devices often rented for children’s parties – or incorporated into outdoor festivals and other family-friendly […]

Many people currently playing the smartphone free-to-play app “Pokémon Go” are finding it wildly addictive. In fact, media reports indicate that some are even endangering themselves and others by playing the game as they drive or walk through both rural and urban areas. Here’s a brief look at some of the recent injuries people have […]

  Whether you mainly travel down familiar Houston roads and freeways or often visit other parts of the country, chances are you’ve seen a number of road rage incidents. Yet while we all tend to think only “other people” behave in this manner, a new study provides some rather surprising facts about this behavior. The […]

  No matter how long you’ve been enjoying this big state’s many lakes and rivers, as well as the warm Gulf waters, you still need to be proactive about boating safety. That reality became clear again during the recent Fourth of July weekend. As might be expected, this long holiday weekend drew more people out […]

  Like many cancer patients, Alina S. Gorniak probably knew that when her breast cancer was treated with a chemotherapy drug, she might temporarily lose her hair. However, in a case her lawyer has now filed in the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, she insists that she was never warned […]

  Every year, a large percentage of American consumers have one or two items in their homes or garages that are currently subject to a manufacturer recall. Unfortunately, most of us never learn this information because we fail to conduct periodic searches of the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website. It provides a special […]