This New Year, the entire team at Flaxman Law Group want to wish you a healthy, happy, prosperous, and safe 2020. As part of our efforts to ensure that residents of Homestead, Hollywood, Miami and other Florida communities get to live their healthiest and safest lives, we have put together our best tips for staying safe all year long:
Today, it’s quite common to have to go out of town on business, and in many cases this involves either driving to other cities or taking a plane and then getting a rental car to drive to business meetings and any conferences, professional associations, and other business events which are part of the trip.
If you travel for work often, especially, you may face a number of risks when driving. Not only do you need to be concerned about car accidents with rental cars or when spending long periods of time on the road, but you also need to consider personal safety when you are in hotels or in unfamiliar destinations. You need to consider how to prevent theft and other dangers.
We take electricity for granted, but when the power goes out during a storm, planned outage, mechanical failure, or for some other reason, being plunged into the dark is inconvenient. Ideally, that’s all it is. However, power outages can also be dangerous and can lead to injuries or fires in Homestead or your community.
Here’s how you can stay safe during a power outage:
Labor Day is around the corner and the final official days of summer are usually greeted with barbecues, grilling, fireworks, and festivities. Homestead, Miami, and other city police forces, however, point out that Labor Day weekend traditionally mean more DUI accidents and can mean more injuries.
Here’s how to stay safer during this holiday weekend:
Hollywood and South Florida in general are wonderful spots for gardeners. Many beautiful plants grow naturally in this warm climate and gardens of sage, palm trees, fruits and vegetables, herbs, magnolias, beautyberries, grasses, cypress and more. The warmth and sunshine is a dream for growing any kind of garden.
Whether you garden yourself or hire a landscape professional, Hollywood’s climate allows you to plant a beautiful space of flowering plants, a rock garden, an exotic blooms garden or anything else you desire. However, while gardening can be a healthful activity, it can also lead to injuries and even fatalities. If you work in the garden, you will want to take precautions to stay safe.
In today’s world, social media is so ubiquitous and so important that some people take great risks for a great photo. It has created a rise in unique types of injuries, such as the selfie injury. Some people have been seriously injured or have died as a result of taking selfies in unsafe locations.
For example, some social media users have fallen to their deaths after climbing high cliffs or standing on ledges to get a specific photo. In other situations, social media users have photographed themselves doing dangerous things, such as dancing beside a moving car, and have been subsequently been injured.
Airbnb and short-term rentals have become popular in Hollywood, Miami, and other parts of Florida. Unfortunately, there have been cases where guests or hosts are injured in these accommodations. When you are traveling and injured, it can be difficult to know where to turn.
If you are a guest, make sure you understand what to do to stay safe. Unlike hotels, short-term rentals are not regulated to the same extent as hotels. This means that rentals may lack smoke detectors, secure doors and windows, fire extinguishers, and other safety measures. Some rental units even have unsafe conditions. Guests have been injured falling from unsecured balconies or have suffered serious problems after being seriously injured.
Hollywood Beach, Miami, and many cities in South Florida are located on the coast. Even inland, there are many waterways across the region, making flooding a considerable risk. Flooding can create many hazards and can put you at risk of car accidents, drowning, electrical shock, mold exposure, and other serious injuries in Hollywood Beach and other communities.
No matter where you live, there are several ways you can protect yourself in the event of flooding:
If you’re flying out of Miami on your next flight, you’re lucky to fly out of a large international airport with many options and amenities. However, no matter which airport you visit, you need to consider safety first.
Miami airport and all airports have large groups of people, heavy pedestrian and car traffic, and many hazards. Someone’s spilled coffee or dropped luggage can pose a slip and fall or trip and fall hazard. Car accidents in drop-off areas and parking spaces are also a concern, as is personal safety. Whether you are flying out of Miami or another airport, there are several ways to stay safe:
Of course, many of us know that drunk driving or speeding can lead to a serious car accident in Hollywood or our communities. But many of us engage in simple habits that increase our risk of injury.
If you have any of these habits, for instance, they may well increase your risk of an injury: