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This past holiday season, VR headsets were a popular gift choice. These gadgets sold well across the country and many Homestead and Florida homes now have a headset. VR headsets allow users to play virtual reality video games or to workout in a VR environment.

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Unfortunately, VR can also lead to injury. So far, minor injuries have been reported with the headsets, but the potential exists for more serious injury. If you are trying out VR, here are a few tips to stay safe:

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Young children and toddlers are especially vulnerable to injuries. Without the knowledge and experience to stay safe, they may get into trouble simply by exploring the world around them. If you have children at home, are babysitting, or have children visiting your home, there are several things you need to do to make your home safe:

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The New Year always brings with it many opportunities.  Both during the first days of the year and in the upcoming twelve months, we all have the ability to make positive changes in our lives and communities. One of the things we can do to help ourselves and our loved ones is to take steps to avoid personal injury.

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There are several ways that you can take steps to avoid injury in Homestead during New Year celebrations and beyond:

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Many people in Hollywood and South Florida decide to set fitness goals as part of their New Year’s resolutions. Taking part in a new sport or activity can be a fun way to enjoy better heath and some adventure.

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If you want to get more active and fit in 2017, you’ll want to take sports safety into consideration. Sports injuries in Hollywood or your community can not only sideline you from your fitness goals, but they can cause you significant pain for months to come.

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The holiday season can be very exciting, but holiday shopping and special events can also mean big crowds, particularly around New Year’s. If you’re planning on taking part in any activities for the festivities, make sure you know how to stay safe in holiday crowds so you can avoid sustaining a serious injury in Hollywood or your community:

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1) Always have a plan.

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At this time of year, muggings and theft are more common. Many people are heading out to complete their holiday shopping and this means some perpetrators are targeting those people who may be walking around with larger amounts of cash or with expensive purchases. Property owners are expected to take steps to keep shoppers and visitors safe at this time of year and if they fail to do so they may be subject to a premises liability claim in Homestead or their community.

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Since online sales and retail sales are also skyrocketing at this time of year, some fraudsters target buyers electronically, meaning identity theft is also a concern at this time of year. Business owners are expected to take reasonable steps — such as encrypting their websites and training employees — to prevent identity theft.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to stay safer:

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Each year, children are seriously injured or killed due to the cords used with window treatments. The cords used with shades, blinds, and other window treatments can easily become wrapped around a child’s neck, cutting off air and posing a strangulation risk. Even ties used with curtains and draperies can pose a significant risk.

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Tying up existing cords may not be enough

Some parents try to simply tie up the cords and strings used with shades, blinds, and other window treatments. However, this may not be enough. Strings and cords may become untied and may fall, so simply looping out of the way may not be enough. Children may also become innovative when grabbing cords out of reach. A better option to keep your children safe is to:

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With the holidays coming up and shopping season in full swing, this is one of the busiest retail seasons of the year. No matter what holiday you celebrate, if you have a shopping list you want to give gifts which are thoughtful and safe.

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Even though there are organizations dedicated to keeping customers safe, billions of products are available for sale both in stores and online. It is just not possible to thoroughly test every product. Manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are designed and made safely. However, not all manufacturers are cautious when developing their brands and as a result people are seriously injured and even killed each year—in Hollywood and across the country—by unsafe and defective products. Here are some ideas to keep everyone on your gift list safe:

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Food plays a big role in many holiday festivities in Hollywood and across Southern Florida. If you are celebrating any holiday event this year and will be serving food, you will want to take steps to keep you and your family safe. Food-borne illnesses are a serious concern, especially for children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

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A bout of food poisoning  can lead to stomach upset, vomiting, and other unpleasant symptoms. Some of the more serious concerns with food-borne illnesses, such as botulism, can lead to fatalities. To stay safe this year, make sure that you:

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At this time of year, many Hollywood and South Florida residents have guests visiting their homes. While the holidays can be a great time to see friends and family, however, keep in mind that homeowners have a duty to make their homes safe for guests. If you have elderly family members and friends visiting, especially, you will want to:

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