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Start the New Year with a Safe Bang

New Year’s Eve is a time for renewal and celebration and, often, fireworks.  Whether you’re enjoying a local fireworks show, or lighting sparklers in your backyard, it is important to remember that safety is as important as fun, especially when handling explosives.  Firework are explosives and safety starts even before your celebration begins. The National Council on Fireworks Safety (NCFS) published a list of firework safety guidelines and urgied consumers to beware of unregulated fireworks.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates firework manufacturing with strict standards and quality control checks.  Nonetheless, unregulated fireworks can be found and are likely homemade or manufactured in an unregulated facility with little to no quality control and thus, can be extremely dangerous. Unregulated fireworks are usually sold by a person without a license and are generally packaged in brown or dull packaging.  The NCFS recommends that consumers purchase fireworks only from a licensed vendor.  If you…
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More on the Takata Airbag Recall

The ongoing recall of Takata Airbags is back in the news again after more vehicles have been added to the recall effort.  According to Automotive News, this past Friday, June 10, 2015, the 2008-2010 Dodge Challenger is now being added to the list of recalled vehicles. The Challenger is being recalled to repair the diver’s side airbag, which is manufactured by Takata. The National Highway and Traffic Administration estimates that more than 88,000 Dodge Challenger’s would fall within the range of manufactured vehicles that would need to be brought in for service.  Multiple updates have been made to the Takata recall in the past month, and there is an expectation that even more vehicles will be added. In Orlando today the head of the NHTSA, Mark Rosekind is speaking at UCF (The University of Central Florida) on the potential dangers of Takata airbags.  He is expected to encourage anyone affected…
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“Safe Phone Zones” introduced by the Florida Department of Transportation

In a public-private partnership with GEICO, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) unveiled a new campaign to help curb the problem of distracted driving on Florida’s roadways. Sixty four different “Safe Phone Zones” were designated on various roadways throughout Florida. A map of all of the “Safe Phone Zones” throughout Florida can be found online by clicking here. You will be able to pull off into these zones and make cellular phone calls or respond to text messages in safety – just look for the following sign. Assistant Secretary of FDOT, Brian Blanchard explained, “motorist safety is our top priority and we are committed to reducing distracted driving on our roads.” However, do these signs encourage drivers to put down their phones and pull off to a rest area? Research has suggested that initial bans or initiative to curb cell phone use does reduce auto-accidents and fatalities, but that the…
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