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Miami and Florida are known for huge concerts, special events, festivals, and spring break parties. While these huge events can be exhilarating, though, crowds can pose a real risk. Getting lost in a crowd can put you at risk of being trampled or injured and in the event of an emergency you may have a hard time getting to safety because of the people in your way. At some events, assault can occur in crowds. To stay safe and have fun, follow these basic safety tips for big events:

1) Go with a friend.

Going in a group is safer and more fun. With others, you can keep tabs on each other and one of you can act as a designed driver, if you decide to get home safely that way. If you fall and are injured at a Miami event, having someone else with you can make it easier to call for help.

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Homestead and surrounding areas have miles of Florida nature to explore. Although Florida is known for its modern cities, it is also a very green state and you don’t have to drive far to find large expanses of wilderness. In fact, each year visitors and residents alike are attracted to camping, hiking, and other activities in the state’s parks and wilderness areas.

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While the green spaces can offer great exercise and recreation, however, they come with their own dangers. Trip and fall accidents in Homestead can always be dangerous, but they can be even more deadly in the middle of nowhere with no way to call for help. Each year, hikers and campers are injured through misadventure or wild animals. Some lose their lives. If you want to explore the great outdoors, make sure you do so safely with these tips:

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According to authorities, Southwest Florida is experiencing weather conditions that could make brush fire season potentially more dangerous. Low humidity conditions may make things more comfortable in Florida heat, but they can also turn one spark into a huge fire – especially in windy weather.

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If you want to prevent property damage and burn injuries in your Miami or Florida home, authorities have several tips:

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If you rent a home in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida and you are injured at home, your landlord may be liable if their negligence or recklessness caused your injuries. This is especially the case if you are injured outside the property or on common areas, such as hallways between apartments or the front entryway to the building.

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How can you be sure whether the landlord is liable for your injuries? In many cases, signs of negligence can include:

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Starting at the beginning of this year, Florida has new smoke detector laws. Under the new laws, smoke alarms in homes need to use either permanent batteries or electricity. Permanent batteries are ones that last ten years and are tamper-proof. Before the law change, remodeled and new homes had to use electricity-powered smoke alarms.

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According to fire fighters, legislators, and authorities, the new law is aimed at reducing fire-related fatalities and burns in Miami and across Florida. One of the problems with traditional battery-powered alarms is that the alarms can easily be disabled. In many house fires resulting in serious injury and fatalities, fire fighters report that homes have smoke detectors but those detectors are not working. In some cases, smoke detectors are triggered by cooking and residents remove the batteries to prevent false alarms. In other cases, residents fail to notice that batteries have died or are not working correctly. In the event of a fire, these issues can be deadly since they can mean that a detector does not alert residents in time.

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We all know that cold winter weather in much of the country can result in frostbite, car accidents, fires, and other problems. In Hollywood and the rest of Florida, we tend to feel safe from these issues, but the first few weeks of 2015 have seen unseasonably cold weather in parts of Florida. Even South Florida saw temperatures below average recently and in more Northern areas of the state colder weather prevailed. Jacksonville even saw about three hours of flurries earlier this month.

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Florida remains an escape for those who don’t want to have to deal with the winter, but with cooler weather it is a good idea to review basic safety precautions:

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Florida has many mobile homes, in part because some families buy these affordable options as a home and in part because these manufactured homes can be an affordable way to enjoy a second, vacation property. Residents who live out of state also buy affordable mobile homes for wintering in Florida.

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Mobile homes in Florida must be manufactured to comply with the latest U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations, which were updated in 1994. In addition, all mobile homes must be installed to comply with Rule Chapter 15C-1, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). Despite these strict regulations to keep homeowners safer, residents living in these properties may be more vulnerable to injuries from tornadoes, fires, and other disasters in some cases. If you own this type of property, here’s how to stay safer:

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Miami Beach and other Florida communities are known for their natural beauty and their green spaces. Many homeowners across the state enjoy year-round gardening and have large yards. Many suburban communities in the region are also built along include tree-lined streets, so many residents have at least one tree on their property. If this is the case with your home, did you know that your tree might put you at risk of injuries and legal action? The most common issues that homeowners have with trees include:

1) Child injuries.

If a child enters another property and climbs onto a tree or into a tree house or on a tree swing, they can easily be injured. Under Florida law, property owners have a special duty of care to children, especially if they have something on their property – such as a tree swing or tree house – that may attract a child. In these cases, property owners are expected to take extra precautions to ensure that children who wander onto the property are not injured.

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Many gym owners in Homestead and other Florida cities report seeing an increase in new memberships at this time of year, and sales of exercise and sports equipment also tend to surge during the first few weeks of January as many people set up resolutions to get in shape, lose weight, and get healthier.

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These can be great resolutions, but getting in shape the wrong way or exercising with the wrong sports or exercise equipment can and does lead to injuries in Homestead and other communities. To make sure that your new health program leads to a fitter you and not an injured you, be sure that you:

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Are you considering New Year’s resolutions to make 2015 your best year yet? If you are considering ways to make your life better, consider these changes you can make to make 2015 not only your best year, but also your safest year:

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1) Improve your driving skills.

Car accidents remain one of the leading causes of injury and fatalities for many age groups. For most of us, driving a car is the most dangerous thing we do every year, so improving our driving skills can help us avoid one of the biggest risks of injury we may face. Consider signing up for refresher or defensive driving courses. If you are hoping to make 2015 more exciting, take racing classes. Racing classes help boost your driving skills and are a lot of fun.

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