Archive for the ‘Summer Safety Tips’ Category

CPSC Warns of Danger of Water Walking Balls

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to stop participating in water walking.

What is Water Walking?

An individual climbs into the large, see-through plastic ball; it is inflated with a blower through the zipper opening; and the zipper is closed, making the ball air-tight. The ball, with the person locked inside, then rolls around on a number of surfaces, including water and grass. (more…)

Summer Safety – Part 5 – ATV Safety

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Driving ATVs is a popular and fun way to spend time with family and friends in the hot summer months.

Cellino & Barnes supports your desire to ride them, but we also want you to be safe. Did you know that, on average, there are nearly 280 deaths per year attributed to ATV accidents? These powerful vehicles are potentially dangerous and carry risks if you do not exercise caution.

Here are a few tips from Cellino & Barnes ATV accident attorneys on how to stay out of harm’s way this summer. 

Perform Maintenance

Although we are midway through summer, some people are just now starting to enjoy their ATV’s. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to clean it up and check all of the hardware. Most importantly, check your wheels and brakes. Be sure your tires are secure and your brakes are properly maintained.

Make sure you dress appropriately as well. You’ll need a helmet, sturdy jeans, boots, and a riding jacket. Over 136,000 injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2004 because riders were not properly equipped.

Hitting the Open Terrain

Now that you’re ready to taste the open air, be sure to know your vehicle. ATVs are capable of traveling at remarkably fast speeds, but they can be unpredictable, rolling over unexpectedly. These 700 pounds machines should only be driven by individuals of appropriate age to ensure that they are always under control. Anyone under the age of 16 should not be on an adult ATV, and there should only be one person riding a single passenger vehicle.

We want you to be safe and we hope that you’ll read the tips we’ve provided closely. Our tips are just a starting point. We encourage you to do some exploring of your own and look for safety classes as well.

Enjoy your summer.

Summer Safety – Part 4 – Auto/Pedestrian Safety

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Long walks through the park and picnics by the lake are all a part of a great summer experience. But being on foot makes you susceptible to dangers you may not suspect. There are nearly 20,000 pedestrian related accidents per year.

Our New York pedestrian accident attorneys have come up with a few tips to keep you and your family safe.

Follow the golden rule

Look both ways before crossing. We know you’ve heard it before (from teachers, family and friends) but this is the single most important rule of pedestrian safety. Before crossing any road, even one-way streets, look to the left first, then right, and left again. While you’re walking across the street, continue to look both ways. Also, try to be predictable. It’s easier for drivers to know your patterns if you cross at legal crosswalks rather than crossing in the middle of the road.

Stay Wary

There are many pedestrian accidents that happen at crosswalks. The best advice is to take a second look before attempting to cross the street. It’s important to remain defensive, much like you do when you’re driving. Don’t assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact and ensure that they know you’re present before making any movements toward the road.

It’s a Two Way Street

Although pedestrians have an obligation to be aware of their surroundings, drivers can also reduce accident risk by doing a few simple things.

When driving up to a cross-walk, move cautiously and look to all entry points for pedestrians. Whenever you see a pedestrian in a cross-walk be sure to stop even if there are no signs telling you to do so. Finally, when braking suddenly for a pedestrian, be sure to check your mirrors for oncoming cars behind you or to your sides.

Your summer should be full of fun, spending time with family and friends. Keep you and your loved ones safe by following these simple tips. Watch the pedestrian related accidents video

Summer Safety – Part 3 – Motorcycle Safety

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Summer is here, and riding a motorcycle is a great way to enjoy a beautiful day.

Bikers need to exercise extreme safety. Motorcycle accidents remain among the most dangerous with over 5,100 deaths per year.

Here are a few tips to review from the motorcycle accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes on how to stay out of harm’s way this summer:

Prepare to Hit the Roads

Make sure your thoroughly check your machine. This includes your lights, turn signals, brakes, mirrors, chain, and cables to make sure they’re all up to the manufacturer’s specifications.

This advice may seem like a no-brainer for experienced motorcyclists, however, there are many new riders, of all ages, on the road.

You might also think about getting some new quality gear. Does your helmet need an upgrade? Do you need boots to cover your ankles? Frayed gloves? Try some new durable, non-slip gloves for extra safety.

On the Highway

You’re geared up and ready to go. But there is still a lot you can do to protect yourself and other motorist while you’re on the streets. 

  • ALWAYS wear your helmet. Make sure that you’re wearing one that meets federal safety standards.  
  • Be as visible to other drivers as possible. Keep your headlights on during the daytime, wear reflective gear, and equip your bike with a fairing or windshield.
  • Get proper training. Bikers who are well trained on how to ride and care for their bikes are less likely to be involved in Motorcycle Accidents.
  • Ride Sober. Alcohol and other drugs affect judgment and do not mix with motorcycling.
  • Finally, stick to the speed limit. Be smart and slow down. 

We hope these tips may offer some help and that you will be able to enjoy the feeling of the open road for many years. Watch the Robert Schreck motorcycle related accidents video.

Summer Safety – Part 2 – Swimming and Pool Safety

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Pools are a great place for summertime fun. Unfortunately, pools can also be the scene of very serious accidents. Over 3,500 people died last year from unintentional drowning accidents alone.

Here are some basic tips to review with your family to help keep everyone safe.

Dangers to children

Children are always at the greatest risk of having a swimming accident. Following a few easy rules could make all the difference.

Keep toys, towels, chairs or anything that can easily trip someone away from the edge of the pool. Slip and fall accidents occur easily enough on the wet surface surrounding a pool.

Although it seems like common sense, keep tricycles, bikes, Power-Wheels, and skateboards off of the pool deck. Children can accidentally ride these into the pool and could quickly turn a carefree joyride into a tragedy.

Additional dangers

It seems basic but keeping electrical appliances away from the water can avoid many deadly situations. Also, know the depth of the water and do not allow any diving into shallow water.

Precaution can outweigh the tragic effects of an accident at the pool.

Summer Safety – Part 1 – Bike Accident Safety

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Bike riding is a fun and fairly safe way to: commute to work, get some great exercise, or just spend time outdoors. Biking can be dangerous and we urge you to use caution and please be safe this summer.

Below is a list of some basic things you can do to keep yourself safer this season.

Wear your bicycle helmet.

In the United States, there are over 300,000 children who visit the emergency room each year as a result of being involved in bicycle accidents. Many of these children suffer brain injuries. The basic habit of wearing a helmet with the straps securely locked, could have prevented many of these injuries.

Keep yourself well lit.

If you enjoy cycling at night, keep yourself well-lit. Make sure you have reflectors facing in all directions and try to wear reflective safety-gear. Also, for less than $15 dollars, you can purchase red blinking lights for the front and back of your bike. These lights will alert motorists to your presence long before they have the chance to cause you any harm.

 Avoid texting while biking and other distractions.

Texting while biking is just as dangerous as texting while driving, perhaps even more so. Teenagers attempt to text with one hand, while trying to steer with the other. This is a recipe for disaster.

Listening to music and talking on your cell phone is also very dangerous. If you’re not listening to the vehicles around you, it will be difficult to react when something unexpected happens.

Just pay attention.

The best overall advice is to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Regardless of how much safety equipment you are wearing, if you don’t pay attention, you increase your risk of being injured, or causing someone else to be injured.

So to protect you and your children while riding a bike pay attention, use reflectors and lights and wear a helmet!

This post is part 1 of 5, presented by Cellino and Barnes. Our firm is committed to keeping our community safe this summer.