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Understanding space heater safety this winter

When the weather turns cold and the chill of your feet on your bathroom floor does more to wake you up than your morning cup of coffee, you may see your space heater as your favorite appliance this winter. However, as we at the law office of Harris, Harris & Schmid know, space heaters can pose significant dangers for people in Connecticut and elsewhere. Does this mean you should throw away your space heater or decide not to buy one this season? Of course not – but you should understand how to properly use this appliance, as well as how to check for potential hazards.

Are brain injuries linked to increased dementia risks?

Traumatic brain injuries are known to cause any number of health problems for people in Connecticut. In recent years, public discussion has explored the premise that suffering blows to the head might boost the chances of developing dementia. The Alzheimer's Association describes results from a number of studies on traumatic brain injuries that suggest there are possible links to developing Alzheimer’s or other kinds of dementia.

How can I make my home safe for my elderly parents?

There comes a time in everyone's life when they realize their parents are getting older. This may also be a time when you have to decide where your parents will live if they can no longer live alone. For many people in Connecticut, this means the parents move in with their children. If you are in this situation, you may need to make some changes in your home to make it safer for your parents. Specifically, according to AARP, you want to eliminate any hazards that could lead to falls.

What are Connecticut's dog bite laws?

If a dog attacks you and causes you injury in Connecticut, the law is on your side. You should not have to worry about medical bills or other expenses coming from the incident. Furthermore, the trauma you suffered should not go unrecognized. You deserve damages, and the law assists with that by holding parties responsible and ensuring you have some recourse.

Tips for safe walking around cars:

  • Stay alert - Don't be distracted by electronic devices, including smart phones, MP3 players, headphones, earbuds and other devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Always cross within the crosswalk when available.
  • Use a 'walk' signal at intersections when available.
  • Always look LEFT, then RIGHT, then LEFT again before starting to cross
  • If you are in a crosswalk when the orange 'don't walk' signal starts flashing, complete your crossing.
  • Continue to watch for traffic while you cross
  • Be predictable - Do not cross in the middle of a block or between parked cars
  • Be alert for turning vehicles and those that may not stop at stop signs or traffic signals.
  • Make eye contact with drivers when possible - make your presence known to drivers, and don't assume that drivers see you.
  • Always walk on sidewalks when available; if not available, walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • Avoid alcohol or drugs when walking - they impair your judgment and coordination. Almost 50% of pedestrian collisions involve alcohol.

Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise - Connection to Cell Phone Use?

Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in the day. Alarmingly, recent nationwide data demonstrates that pedestrians are experiencing increased fatalities on roadways as compared with other road users. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 1.5 hours in traffic crashes. Traffic Safety Facts: Pedestrians, March 2018. In Connecticut, in the year 2016, there were 293 traffic fatalities: 54 of those were pedestrian fatalities (that's almost 20% of all traffic fatalities). This rise in pedestrian versus car collisions seems to coincide with the rise of mobile phone use. The fact is that while a lot of attention has been directed toward distracted driving, including education campaigns, laws and public information ads, very little attention has been focused on distracted walking.

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