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Back To School Traffic Safety

All of the schools throughout Central Florida are back in session. Everyday hundreds of thousands of children are waiting for buses, walking on our sidewalks, and crossing streets. Not to mention there is a whole new batch of teenage drivers getting ready to get behind the wheel. The importance of safe driving is heightened during the morning and afternoon hours when these children are traveling to and from school. So far the 2014-2015 school year has been a safe one. There have been no reported incidents or accidents related to children traveling to/from school. However, across the nation, some communities have suffered tragic accidents. In Montgomery, Alabama, a middle school child was severely injured when they tried to cross a street that had the green light, even after motorists warned the child not to cross until the light turned red. In an effort to prevent any tragic back-to-school accidents here…
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Take Care When Back to School Shopping

It’s sadly true, but going back to school may be harmful to your child’s health? This year, when you’re shopping for school supplies remember that many may contain hidden hazards, especially in products containing vinyl. High levels of toxic phthalates, banned in toys and associated with birth defects, ADHD, obesity, behavioral problems and asthma, have been discovered in almost 75% of children’s back to school supplies. In a report by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, seemingly harmless school supplies were tested in a laboratory, revealing potentially dangerous toxins. Products tested, including Spiderman, Dora, and Disney brand lunch boxes, rain boots, coats, backpacks, and binders were all found to have elevated levels of these toxic phthalates, causing serious concern as such use is already banned in other products. Here are some examples of items you should avoid purchasing: Disney Lunchboxes (contained 29 times the federal limit of toxins) Spiderman Lunchboxes/Backpacks (contained…
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