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October 2015 Archives

Are New York City school buses a safe mode of transportation for your child?

Every week day, thousands of New York City school children are picked up and dropped off by school buses. For parents, school buses are often regarded as a safe and reliable means of transporting their children to and from school. However, a recent investigation by NBC-4's television news I-team revealed disturbing information about hundreds of traffic violations that are jeopardizing the safety of our city's children.

Leaf Blower Safety Tips

Now that we are in the midst of autumn, it will soon be time to think about leaf cleanup. While the shades of red and orange are beautiful on trees, once they start piling up on your property, they might not be as enjoyable. A solution that many people turn to in order to reduce the amount of time spent on yard maintenance is investing in a leaf blower.

Bed Handles Linked to Injury and Fatality

Recently, The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bed Handles, Inc. announced a second recall of 113,000 portable bed handles. The first recall issued in 2014 noted the safety hazards associated with the bed handles use. However, since then, four deaths and numerous injuries have resulted from use of the product, which can shift out of place if safety straps are not attached. All four deaths occurred due to entrapment between the mattress and bed handles.

Is your child’s school safe and secure?

Each morning, as New York City parents send their children off to school, they expect that a child’s school environment is safe and secure. Sadly, this is not always the case and the tragic death of one 14-year-old boy roughly two years ago serves as a solemn reminder of what can happen when schools fail to take measures to ensure their premise is secure.

Building's owner and landlord have duty to protect tenants and prevent crime

All residents in New York City, regardless of wealth or address, have a right to feel safe in their own homes. For the millions of residents who live in apartment buildings, building owners and landlords have a legal duty to take action to provide for tenants' safety. This includes ensuring that a building, and/or individual apartment units, is equipped with functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, lead paint is properly handled and vital building equipment is regularly inspected and maintained.

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Children

Halloween is a holiday that is enjoyed by children and adults alike. While it is a festive season, parents must also be aware of the safety issues their children face. Statistics have shown that an average of 5.5 pedestrian deaths occur each Halloween, compared with 2.6 on other days of the year. Unlike many people might think, a majority of fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween do not occur late at night, but between 5 and 9 p.m., with the deadliest hour occurring from 6-7 p.m.

Connected cars are coming to New York City

In previous decades, motor vehicle designers and manufacturers have focused their efforts on protecting drivers and passengers who were involved in accidents from suffering serious or fatal injuries. Today, this focus has shifted to developing and installing technology systems in motor vehicles aimed to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place.

Fatal Brooklyn elevator accident raises troubling safety questions


Across New York City, apartment buildings serve as homes to the city's more than eight million permanent residents. Many of these buildings are relatively new or have been renovated to include modern-day conveniences. A recent fatal accident at one luxury high-rise apartment building in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood serves as a tragic reminder of what can happen when a building's owner fails to repair and properly maintain vital building components.

Report sheds light on safety problems at NYC subway stations

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, on a daily basis, more than 5.5 million people rely upon New York City's subway system. As these millions of commuters board a train at one of the city's 468 stations and travel upon the systems extensive 656 miles of track, few are aware of the potential dangers they face.

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