Category: Safety Tips

Pedestrian and cyclist safety

Houston is one of the deadliest big cities for pedestrians and bicyclists. Each year, more than 100 walkers and cyclists are killed and hundreds more are seriously injured in accidents with motor vehicles. Fortunately, some positive steps are being taken to try to reduce the number of crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists. Study of Dangerous […]

April is alcohol awareness month

Every April is Alcohol Awareness Month, which is sponsored by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence. This annual awareness campaign seeks to educate people throughout the United State about the impact of alcohol abuse on our communities, our health, and our overall lives. Its focus on curbing alcohol abuse is especially important in […]

Stadium vendor food poisoning

When you’re cheering on the Texans, Astros, or Rockets, grabbing a hot dog or nachos, or trying the latest “haute cuisine”, stadium fare is almost a prerequisite. Most Houstonians would agree that food makes every game better. But just because stadium food tastes good, it unfortunately doesn’t always mean it is safe to eat. Late […]

The first full week in February was observed as National Burn Awareness Week. We should all welcome the opportunity for fire and safety experts to emphasize burn awareness, prevention, and methods of treatment. Many of us have suffered a burn injury at some time in our life. And few of us realize how lucky we […]

Icy Road Conditions

Those of us on the upper Texas Gulf Coast rarely experience extended periods of wintry cold and ice. But when we do get “sideswiped” by Old Man Winter, some of us refuse to alter our driving habits. So we … Drive the speed limit (or faster) on ice-covered roads, losing control of our vehicle. If […]

Some hair-coloring is still made with lead acetate, which can cause deadly lead poisoning

On December 3, 2018, a ban on lead acetate in hair coloring products went into effect. Consumer Reports and several watchdog groups had filed a petition with the FDA earlier this year to put the ban in place. The FDA’s release about the ban reads in part: “The FDA reviewed the information and data submitted […]

Fresh Produce

We love farmers markets. Delicious, fresh fruits, veggies, etc. Real back-to-the-land kind of stuff (which many of us Texans long for). So much good flows from them. But be cautious. No need to get excited, but the recent E. coli (and other bacteriological) scares to our country’s food supply should remind us that not all […]

Unsafe Furniture

Each year furniture tip-overs seriously injure thousands of children enough to send them to the emergency room. Falling dressers and other furniture tip-overs can be deadly. Since 2000, they’ve been responsible for least 200 deaths; most victims were children younger than age 6. These accidents commonly happen when kids climb onto dressers, fall against them, […]

New Years Eve Party

In just a few days, people across Texas will be out in force, celebrating the coming year. As is typical of New Year’s Eve celebrations, many will involve alcohol. With the drunk driving problem that Texas has—in 2017 there were more than 1,000 people killed and thousands more injured in DUI crashes, according to the […]

Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

The number of Americans traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday will increase over 11% from last year, says AAA (American Automobile Association). Though many will take to the skies and the rails for their Thanksgiving trip, an estimated 45.5 million will pack their cars for a road trip of at least 50 miles – an increase […]