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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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School bus accidents in Homestead and Florida are thankfully not very common. School bus drivers are trained to transport children safely and passenger car drivers are taught to slow down and stop when children are entering or disembarking a bus. While car accident collisions are far more common, however, this does not mean that school buses are completely safe. Unfortunately, some negligent drivers illegally drive around school buses that are stopped, putting children at risk.

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If your child uses school buses in Homestead or any Florida community, you will want to teach your child a few safety tips to ensure that they can avoid a pedestrian collision, even if drivers are negligent:

1) Teach your child to look both ways when getting off a bus.

While children may simply rush into moving traffic, expecting it to be stopped, there may be drivers who ignore the rules. Teach your child to look for traffic before proceeding. This is a good skill that will help them when they walk to school, too.

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Personal injury and unexpected medical costs are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in this country. Being seriously injured can cause you to lose time at work and can lead to large medical bills. A serious injury can also be difficult to plan for. You can sustain a work injury in your Hollywood job at any time. You never know when you might be in an intersection accident or be in a sideswipe collision near your Hollywood home. However, there are things that you can do to help improve the chances that you will survive financially even if you are seriously and unexpectedly injured:

1) Have a budget in place.

Creating a monthly budget can help you distinguish between necessities and luxuries, so that if you suddenly find yourself facing financial worries due to an injury you will know where you can trim back. A good budget can also help you create some savings so that you have a layer of protection in case you cannot work.

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Campuses in Miami and other Florida cities have security teams and safety policies to keep students safe. The aim of colleges is to provide a good education to students, but these organizations are also expected by law to take reasonable steps to keep students safe from harm.

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Unfortunately, as a number of recent events at the University of Florida and other campuses has shown, campuses can attract violence and crime. To stay safe at school, college students will want to follow these tips:

1) Keep doors and windows locked.

In many cases, violence such as assault on Miami and Florida campuses can occur because campuses are open spaces. At most schools, virtually anyone can wander onto a campus. Some students choose to keep their doors or windows open all night, and this can make accessing the dorms even easier. Getting a sturdy lock for the door and keeping doors closed and locked can help control who enters the dorms.

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