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Preventing slips and falls at an open house

When Connecticut residents host an open house, they may think more about their home’s appearance than its safety. However, people may slip or fall in a house if they are not aware of potential hazards. It is usually up to homeowners to ensure that their house is as safe as possible for guests.

While homeowners may not see potential hazards in their house, these may be immediately evident to other people. CRES Insurance Services says that because realtors are knowledgeable about open houses, they can point out places where visitors may slip or fall. Sometimes something as simple as loose carpeting can be dangerous when someone enters a house for the first time. Before the event, all potential hazards should typically be identified so they can be either fixed or clearly marked with a sign. These signs allow visitors to recognize potential dangers and take care.

Consequences of hosting parties with alcohol

When you host a party at your Connecticut home, you likely focus on providing an enjoyable evening. However, you may want to pay closer attention to what can happen after your guests leave. We at Loughlin Fitzgerald know that sometimes you may not realize the consequences of being a social host until after the party ends.

Although the legal drinking age is 21, many young people have access to alcohol regardless of age. The National Conference of State Legislatures says that of all people over the age of 12, 11.2 percent report driving while intoxicated. In the 12-20 age range, 24.3 percent of people consumed alcohol in at least one month during 2012.

Number of dog bites each year

As Connecticut residents read stories about dog bites in the paper and hear about them on the news, they may wonder how common these attacks are. These events are not as rare as many people might think. According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, dogs bite 4.5 million people on average each year.

Most of the people who are bitten by dogs are children and senior citizens. Children are more prone to incur severe injuries, and are usually bitten by dogs they know. While the number of dog bites ranges in the millions, about 800,000 dog bites merit medical attention.

Pedestrian fatalities on the rise

Pedestrians were less safe for car accidents in 2016 than in previous years, according to a new study. Reviewing data collected in the first half of last year, the report says that pedestrian fatalities have increased at four times the rate of traffic deaths this decade (and traffic deaths are on the rise too).

Overall, the report by the Governors Highway Safety Association says about 6,000 pedestrians died last year from accidents. It's a startling increase, and last year was the highest jump since they began keeping records 40 years ago.

Understanding driver fatigue

Connecticut drivers may think they are being responsible as long as they are not drinking and driving. However, it can sometimes be just as dangerous to be drowsy behind the wheel. It is important to understand how fatigue affects people and what can be done about it.

Drivers may be drowsy for a variety of reasons. says that fatigue can stem from lack of sleep, sleep disorders and erratic work schedules. People who are not well-rested generally experience delayed reactions and lapsed judgment behind the wheel. This can result in accidents which can be fatal.

How do you remove tripping hazards at work?

You might think that one of the most embarrassing things which can happen at work is falling down in front of your coworkers. In some situations, however, slips can be dangerous. Although they may seem common enough, these incidents account for 25 percent of the injuries which are reported each year.

At your workplace, you may encounter a variety of hazards which can cause you to fall. The says that these include open drawers, wet floors, uneven surfaces and clutter. Many of these hazards can easily be prevented, however. One thing you can do is ensure that all of the floors in your building, as well as the pavement outside, are in good condition. You can do this by making sure any spills are promptly cleaned up and by setting up “wet floor” signs after mopping. Outside, it is a good idea to shovel snow and rake leaves before they accumulate.

Legal underage drinking

While many Connecticut parents may prefer that their teenagers do not drink until they are 21, the legal drinking age can be more flexible than people imagine. According to the Washington Post, underage drinking is allowed under certain conditions in almost 40 states.

The conditions for underage drinking can vary from state to state. In some places, minors are allowed to have alcohol in their possession under certain circumstances, and some states outline situations in which parents may give their children alcohol. Consuming alcohol at home with family is a common exception to underage drinking laws.

Understanding spinal cord injuries

Despite your best efforts to be safe, there may come a time when you hurt your spine. Spinal cord injuries are not something to take lightly and can affect many aspects of your life in Connecticut. At Loughlin Fitzgerald, we understand that coping with these injuries can be difficult.

You may damage your spinal cord in a variety of ways. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, car accidents, sports and falls can cause these injuries, and some people may incur one after diving into a pool. Spinal wounds are usually tears or bruises. Your damage generally falls into one of two categories, incomplete and complete injuries. With an incomplete injury, you can usually feel and move limbs beneath the damaged spot on your spine. You typically cannot move your body beneath the damaged site if you have a complete injury, and you generally do not have feeling, either. These wounds can occur at any place on your spine.

How do you heal after a wrongful death?

When a loved one dies because of an accident at work, you might prefer to distract yourself rather than take time to grieve. Although you may want your grief to simply go away, sometimes this emotion lingers. The Mayo Clinic says that you can continue to feel grief for years after your loved one’s death.

Although you may experience grief at any time, this emotion can be more intense during events such as anniversaries and birthdays. During these times, you might feel depressed or angry or have trouble sleeping. These are all normal reactions, and you can take steps beforehand to prepare yourself. You might want to plan an outing with friends or visit the cemetery to reflect on your loved one.

Connecticut struggles to enforce "Move Over" law

Connecticut motorists who need help from police, paramedics, firefighters or other responders while on the road should feel confident that they can be safe in the process of getting help. Similarly, those who provide help to motorists should also feel that they will be safe in the process. To help this, Connecticut has enacted a law referred to as the "Move Over" law. This legislation requires that drivers maintain a free lane between disabled vehicles and responders and their moving vehicles.

The law requires that upon seeing a tow truck, police car, ambulance, fire truck, paramedic truck or a state highway maintenance vehicle on the side of or in a road providing assistance, other drivers must move over and/or even slow down when passing. Sadly, this law is not always followed. A drunk driver who recently hit a police vehicle along a stretch of Interstate 95 in Guilford is just one of the many people that has failed to obey the law.