With the summer season fast approaching and the mercury rising, Nebraskans are gearing up to enjoy the great outdoors. Bicycling is an exhilarating way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cornhusker State, but bike riders face unique hazards that others on the open road do not. With this in mind, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AAA are launching the “Be a ‘Roll’ Model” public awareness campaign, which focuses on bicycle safety.
The Roll Model campaign encourages parents, siblings, grandparents, and other caregivers to demonstrate safe bicycling habits for younger children every time they are going to hit the road on two wheels. Injuryboard.com offers these tips for Roll Models for safe bicycle travel: Read the rest »
According to a JournalStar.com news report, eight people were injured and sent to the hospital after a boating crash on Nebraska’s Branched Oak Lake. The 19-year-old driver was operating a large Sea Ray motorboat when it collided with a drifting sailboat around 8 p.m. on May 4. Both sea vessels sustained major damage and are being held by authorities for review. An official with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports that all eight individuals injured in the collision are expected to survive and were treated for non-life threatening injuries, including cuts, bruises, and fractures.
The 19-year-old driver of the boat has been arrested by deputies with the Lancaster County Sherriff’s Department on suspicion of boating under the influence. In addition, the driver and another passenger were cited for possession of alcohol as a minor. The driver was treated for minor injuries at BryanLGH Medical Center West following the aquatic collision and was then taken to jail. The young man was out of custody on May 5, and formal charges have presently not been filed. Read the rest »
NECN.com reports that Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has proclaimed April as “Donate Life” month in order to increase awareness of organ and tissue donations. Gov. Heineman states that presently there are 450 Nebraskans on a donation waiting list who need some kind of transplant, showing the crucial need for individuals to pledge to be an organ donor. In addition, many more could benefit from cornea or tissue transplants. In 2011, more than 260 lives were saved in NE after receiving a life-saving organ transplant.
With over 100,000 patients on the national waiting list for a donor organ, there are simply not enough donors to meet the need. A new name is added to the national waiting list every 10 minutes, and sadly an average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs. Nebraskans have the power to potentially save a life as just one person who makes the decision to be an organ, eye, or tissue donor can save up to eight lives, restore sight to two people, and help heal another 50. Read the rest »
A report issued this month by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that consumer injuries involving holiday decorations and decorating have increased. Decorating and making your home more festive for the holiday is one of the most fun parts of the winter season, but hazards such as falls, lacerations, and fires are occurring in homes across the country, making it imperative for families to practice safety during the holidays.
The CPSC estimates that in the last 2 months of 2010, more than 13,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving holiday decorations. Christmas tree fires caused an average of $18 million in property damage between 2006 and 2008, and $360 million in property losses occurred from candle fires. The following tips, offered by the CPSC, can help you and your family stay safe and injury-free this holiday season. Read the rest »
Picking out a Halloween costume is a favorite activity of many children, but did you know that some costumes actually put your kids in danger? If you do not select a costume carefully, your child could be at an increased risk for burn injuries, slip and fall injuries, and other accidents. These Halloween safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will help you ensure that your children’s costumes are as safe as possible.
- Costumes should not drag on the ground, as this increases the risk of tripping and falling.
- If you buy a costume, it should be made of flame-retardant materials that extinguish flames quickly.
- Costume props should be made from flexible materials that present a low risk of injury. Read the rest »
KETV 7 reports that a car struck a teen student on her way to school Friday morning, leaving the victim in critical condition. Omaha Police say the accident occurred on Paxton Boulevard, where the teen victim was walking to Omaha North High School. She was hit with such force that she lost her backpack and shoes in the crash. Emergency medical personnel determined that the teen was in critical condition and took her to Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital personnel indicate her condition has improved to “fair.” The driver responsible for the accident had no insurance and was cited for reckless driving.
When reckless drivers use Nebraska roadways, they put everyone at risk. Nebraska Revised Statute 60-16,213 defines reckless driving as driving a motor vehicle in such a manner “as to indicate an indifferent or wanton disregard” for the safety of other people and property. Many people think that reckless drivers speed, but even someone going the speed limit can show “wanton disregard” for the safety of others. When they do, you and your family members are at an increased risk for injury and property damage. If you notice someone driving recklessly, try to stay away from the driver. If you can safely get the driver’s license plate number, call the police and report the reckless behavior. Staying vigilant on the road can save your life and protect the lives of other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycle riders. Read the rest »
Federal health officials report that as many as 16 people have died after eating cantaloupe produced in Colorado, according to KETV Omaha. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attribute 13 confirmed deaths and 72 illnesses to the tainted cantaloupe, which is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Officials continue to investigate three other deaths that may be related to cantaloupe consumption.
The deaths, which have been confirmed in Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Maryland, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, make this the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in more than 10 years. Listeria monocytogenes causes listeriosis, a serious infection that often affects those with weak immune systems. Pregnant women, elderly adults, newborns and people with weakened immune systems are especially at risk. The bacteria are found in water and soil, which makes it possible for cantaloupe and other produce items to become contaminated. Read the rest »
On August 13, a 20-year-old male motorcyclist led Nebraska State Patrol officers on a high-speed chase that lasted for 24 minutes and covered a total of 32 miles of Nebraska roadway. The Omaha World-Herald reports that police arrested the man for several traffic violations. Local residents complained about unsafe motorcyclists, prompting state patrol officers to watch for safety issues on Saturday night. The man separated from a pack of 20 motorcyclists at approximately 8:00 PM and was clocked riding at 158 miles per hour on West Dodge Road. Police also suspect that the man has a fake motorcycle license plate and an unregistered motorcycle.
Motorcyclists who do not follow basic safety regulations and adhere to driving laws put pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists at risk for serious injuries and fatalities. The same holds true for any motorist of any type of vehicle who fails to adhere to traffic laws. Driving at such a high rate of speed makes it difficult to negotiate turns and stop quickly in the event of an accident or traffic stoppage. When a negligent motorist causes a serious accident, a lawyer can help you recover the financial compensation you need to pay medical expenses and repair or replace your vehicle. Read the rest »
For many families, the Fourth of July is a festive time of food, fun and fireworks. Some people may choose to enjoy fireworks by attending a professional show. Others choose to purchase fireworks to set off at home. However, those who set off fireworks themselves should be aware of the fireworks safety tips provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
- Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing or using them.
- Never allow young children to ignite or play with fireworks. Monitor children carefully around fireworks.
- Don’t throw or point fireworks at another person.
- Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly after lighting the fuse. Never try to re-light or pick up a firework that didn’t go off.
- Keep a hose or bucket of water handy in case of emergency. Always douse fireworks after you are done to make sure they are completely out before throwing them away. Read the rest »
As the waters of the Missouri and Platte rivers continue to rise, many residents in eastern Nebraska have had to leave their homes due to flooding. The state Department of Health and Human Services wants to remind Nebraskans to take their important legal documents with them when they evacuate. This includes driver’s licenses, passports, birth certificates, marriage licenses, Social Security cards, wills and insurance policies. These types of documents are difficult to replace and may be needed in the aftermath of the flood.
State officials are also asking residents to contact the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to report information about damages and losses. The information will be used to decide whether certain areas qualify for federal assistance. Residents who have evacuated their homes, have suffered damages to a business and those whose jobs have been affected by the flood should call NEMA at 855-211-2453 or 855-211-2454. Read the rest »