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Parties and Alcohol go hand in hand

December is the season for celebrations. Sadly, parties and alcohol are often intertwined. Before you get behind the wheel after having had a few drinks consider the following sobering statistics:

  • Alcohol kills: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10,497 people were killed as a result of alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2016 alone. During that year, alcohol impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 28 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
  • Drunk Drivers are often young drivers: The percentage of drivers in fatal crashes who were alcohol impaired was highest for 25 to 34 year old drivers, at 27 percent, followed by 21 to 24 year old drivers, at 26 percent.

Drunk Driving: a Holiday Problem

How to Prevent Drunk Driving

Are you planning to attend a New Year’s Eve celebration? If so, ask yourself the following questions:

How will I get back home?

Here are some possible solutions for your trip back home:

  • Select a reliable sober friend to be your designated driver. 
  • Save the phone number of a local taxi service on your phone. Hire a taxi when it’s time to go home.
  • Consider taking public transportation if available.
  • Download the Uber or Lyft app to schedule your trip back home. Uber has partnered with MADD to campaign against drunk driving. Check out their latest joint safety campaign here.
  • Don’t go back home. Instead, book a hotel room or arrange to stay at a friend’s house.

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Protect your Family from Holiday Decoration Hazards

Holiday Decoration HazardsThe holiday season is a magical time, but Christmas traditions and celebrations create plenty of opportunities for personal injury. Last week we discussed the perils of parking lots during the holiday season. This week we’re focusing on the dangers of holiday decorations.

Emergency rooms across the country treated about 14,700 holiday decorating-related injuries over the past holiday season. Read these safety tips and avoid the ER this holiday season!

Don’t let a House Fire ruin your Christmas

Keep your Christmas Tree fresh

This video by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission demonstrates the dangers of dry Christmas Trees. If you’re buying a live tree, make sure it’s fresh. It should have sturdy, green needles and the branches should be easily bent.

At home, choose a safe spot for your tree, far away from heat sources such as fireplaces, vents and radiators.

Christmas Tree SafetyBefore setting your tree up slice a piece off the bottom of the trunk to help it absorb water. Then, place it in a water stand and keep an eye on the water level every day. Water the tree when necessary.

Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.

If you choose to buy an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant”. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label. This means the lights meet national industry standards. 

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