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November 2013 Archives

Thanksgiving's the No. 1 day for cooking fires: is your home safe?

When you live in an apartment building or condo complex like millions of New Yorkers, you rely on your neighbors to engage in safe behavior. Unfortunately, your often-unknown neighbors could put you at risk of injury by doing anything from damaging the stairwells to starting a grease fire in their kitchen.

'Black Friday' shoppers beware: inadequate security can harm you

Five years ago, a 34-year-old temporary security guard with one week on the job was trampled to death by a “Black Friday” crowed at a Walmart store in Valley Stream, which is in Nassau County. According to reports, he was the only security guard at the store’s entrance that day, and he was trying to hold the doors closed as an excited, unruly crowd pushed forward, impatient for the store to open. The door came off its hinges and the crowed swarmed in, trampling him and injuring several employees who tried to save him.

Can we prevent bike wrecks with no consistent criminal penalty?

An editorial called “Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?” by a biking enthusiast and contributing editor for the lifestyle and fitness magazine Men’s Journal was recently published in the New York Times. Considering that the competition between bicyclists and motorists for road space, it’s no surprise the article struck a nerve with people on all sides of the debate.

What can you do if your property is filled with toxic chemicals?

After 35 years, history in Niagara Falls’ Love Canal neighborhood seems to be repeating itself. Residents had been assured that the 21,800 tons of industrial hazardous waste once dumped in the Love Canal, which had sickened hundreds or thousands of residents in the 1970s, had been fully cleaned up.

Slip-and-fall accidents put seniors at high risk of brain injury

You may be surprised to learn that falls are the No. 1 cause of non-fatal traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, slip-and-fall accidents are responsible for over 32 percent of all TBIs in the U.S., but 50 percent among children 14 and younger and 61 percent among adults 65 and older.

Olympian Lochte sidelined after excited fan gets through security

For a celebrity, even an encounter with the friendliest, most innocent fan can be hazardous if it’s a surprise. Unfortunately, five-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte learned that the hard way recently. After an encounter with a particularly dedicated fan last weekend, the swimmer was left with knee injuries that will require a hiatus from training and could sideline him from an upcoming competition.

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