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If you have elderly family members, slip and fall accidents can be a real risk, especially at this time of year. Spills, rainy weather, and the general rush of the season can all contribute to trips and slip and fall accidents. There many ways you can help elderly family members avoid slip and fall injury in Homestead and Florida during this time of year:

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1) Make sure loved ones get medical attention.

Vision problems, certain medications, and some medical conditions can increase the chances of falls. Make sure that your elderly family members have been to the doctor recently, have up-to-date medication, and have a clean bill of health. If an elderly family member has a condition that puts them at risk of falls, speak with the doctor and with your family about ways to reduce the risk as far as possible.

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The holidays pose a number of dangers when it comes to burn injuries and fires. Some of the decorations that we use in our homes can pose a fire risk, and the distraction around this time of year can also make us less alert to fire hazards. To keep you and your family safe, make sure that you follow these tips:

1) Be cautious about outdoor lights.

When hanging outdoor lights, turn off the electricity to the supply outlet first and make sure that the connection is unplugged. Only hang outdoor lights that are intended for outdoor use and are in good condition. Throw out or repair any lights with frayed or damaged cords and connectors. Use a sturdy ladder and have someone help you to reduce the risk of falls. Keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from eaves troughs and puddles.

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This is the time of year when many Homestead and Florida residents go shopping for the holidays. Whether you are picking up gifts for family members and friends, decorations for your home, taking advantage of seasonable sales, or shopping for special holiday meals, you may be out and about more often at malls and stores. When shopping, you will want to keep the following tips in mind to stay safe this holiday season:

1) Plan ahead.

Before you head out shopping, plan your trip. Try shopping during less busy hours, when you won’t be as much at risk of being crushed by crowds or being in a parking lot accident because there simply too many other shoppers at your store or mall. Find out about store hours, the best route to get to your favorite stores, as well as any construction you will need to consider. Be sure to also check out store services, such as free shipping, valet parking, or special parking areas that can help you stay safer.

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If you have friends and family visiting your Miami or Florida home for the holidays, it is likely that you will take your guests out to see the many visitor attractions that South Florida has to offer. If you have children visiting, you will want to visit one of the area’s many theme parks or amusement parks. To keep you visit safe as well as fun, be sure to follow these safety tips:

1) Check and follow all park rules. Read the individual rules for each ride as well as overall rules for the theme park. These rules exist to keep you safe.

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Florida has many waterways and in some communities there are pools in almost every back yard. It’s no secret: Floridians love their water recreation, whether its swimming, boating, or water sports. While the weather permits year-round fun in the water, though, all the opportunities can also mean plenty of water and boating accidents in Homestead and other cities.

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The Florida Safety Council and other organizations are committed to improving water safety in the state and preventing water-related fatalities and injuries. Everyone has a role in this project. For example, you can help by:

1) Learning to swim and helping family and friends learn to swim.

Strong swimming skills are one of the best ways to prevent drowning. Swimming lessons can also help teach water safety. If you have children or family, make sure that everyone you know knows the importance of swimming.

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In 2012 alone, over 700 bicyclists were killed in roadway accidents across the country. In South Florida, 1,539 bicyclists and pedestrians were killed between 2003 and 2012. In fact, Florida is considered among the least safe places for pedestrians and bicyclists. It is statistics like these that have led to awareness campaigns in South Florida – as well as calls for changes. For example, each year bicyclists hold an event called “The Ride of Silence” in memory of bicyclists killed or injured in traffic collisions.

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When you head to a hospital, you expect to get medical help so that you can get better. Unfortunately for many patients, emergency room malpractice in Hollywood as well as other forms of negligence can lead to hospital caused injury, infection, and complications. If you need to visit a hospital, you will want to take these precautions to prevent injury:

1) Check hospital scores.

The Leapfrog Group has released its ratings of Florida hospitals and 24 facilities in the South Florida area have gotten an “A” grade for infection prevention and safety. 44 hospitals in the region were grades and only one got a “D” ranking, while 14 got a “B” and 5 were awarded a “C.” The hospitals were graded for safety, accident and injury prevention, and prevention of infection. The last Leapfrog Group report, in the Spring, gave only 22 area hospitals an “A” grade, so the rankings are good news for South Florida. While hospital scores do not ensure a good experience for patients, they can help patients make informed decisions about where to seek medical help.

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After the initial shock of a car accident, back injury, workplace accident, or other serious injury has worn off, it is common for anxiety and worries to creep in. In your situation, you may have many questions about your future. The most common questions personal injury attorneys in Hollywood and South Florida hear in injury cases include:

Will I get better? How will my injury affect my life?

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One of the first questions that many injured people have is what will happen next. While no one can predict the future, new technology is available for patients who have sustained brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and other life-changing injury. These patients are now able to lead fuller lives than ever before. Prompt healing can help improve the chances of a fuller recovery, as can quality medical care and follow-up care with services such as rehabilitation.

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Elderly family members may need more care and attention, since they may be vulnerable to injury, elder abuse, and other issues. If you have an elderly loved one living in your Homestead or Florida home, there are several things you will want to do to make sure that everyone in your family is protected in the event of an emergency:

1) Create a disaster preparedness plan for your elderly relatives.

If you have loved ones in an assisted living facility or nursing home, do you have a plan in place to keep them safe from elder abuse or nursing home abuse and neglect? If a tornado or other natural disaster were to hit your Homestead home, how would you contact elderly loved ones and keep them safe? Would your family members be able to escape in the event of a fire? Develop a plan to keep everyone in your family safe. If elderly loved ones live with you, this may mean making your home more accessible or contacting your fire department to ensure that your home would permit elderly family members to get out in the event of a fire or other disaster.

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Few people are prepared for an emergency. Whether it’s a car accident in Homestead or your community or a hurricane or power outage, the unexpected can strike at any time. When it does, you want to have the tools and resources you need to keep you and your family safe from harm and injury. In order to protect yourself, you will want to take a few steps before the worst happens:

1) Create a personalized plan for your family.

You can head over to the Florida Division of Emergency Management website to create a personalized plan for emergencies. Keep in mind that your plan will need to consider everyone you live with, including elderly family members, children, and pets.

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