Articles Tagged with home safety

Americans own 78 million dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, and about 4.5 million people across the country are bitten by dogs each year. According to studies, last year more people in Florida were bit by a dog when compared with Texas and California residents.

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There are several things you can do to help prevent dog attacks:

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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.

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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.

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Preventing Injury

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.

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You use batteries every day in your mobile devices, electronics, and maybe even your car. Disposable and rechargeable batteries supply the energy for many of the items you use every day and when these devices work correctly, you probably never think about them.

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Unfortunately, battery-related injuries occur more often than you may think and they can be devastating. Each year, people are injured or even killed by exploding or otherwise malfunctioning batteries. Batteries that overheat or catch fire can cause serious burns and facial injuries if the batteries are in your phone or e-cigarette. Incorrectly functioning batteries in your car can cause you to crash. In your home, poorly designed or flawed batteries can cause fires and serious injury to you and others.

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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.

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If you have any of these habits, for instance, they may well increase your risk of an injury:

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Young adults moving away from home or out of the dorms for the first time and into an apartment may not be familiar with the process of seeking a good quality apartment and this can lead to injuries and legal claims. Many premises liability claims in Homestead and across South Florida are caused by property owners who do not take adequate care of their properties.

 

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If you are just starting your apartment search, there are several things you can do to ensure you get a safe apartment:

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While Florida is known for its warm and sunny weather, nights can still be cool and many of us want a cozy space heater to stay warm and comfortable. Space heaters range from simple and small devices to larger items which mimic the look and flames of a fireplace. In both cases, these products can be a safe and effective way to stay warm, but they do come with risks.

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To avoid a fire in your Homestead or Florida home, follow these tips:

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The kitchen is the heart of the home, but in Homestead and across the country, it is also the site of many serious injuries, including burns. Further, what happens in your kitchen is also important for helping you avoid food-borne illness.

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There are many ways you can make your kitchen safer:

In Homestead and across South Florida, fall injuries lead to fractures, cuts, head injuries, fatalities, bruises, and other injuries each year. Whether in the home or in the workplace, ladder safety is essential. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that there were more than 630,000 injuries involving ladders across the country in 2015 alone, and in many cases these injuries can be prevented with a few simple tips:

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The entire legal team at Flaxman Law Group wish you and your loved ones a safe and wonderful holiday season. Our team also wants to pass along some of our best holiday safety tips to reduce your risk of injuries.

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During this time of year, busy schedules, decorations, and even consumer goods can all pose a risk. Fire hazards, choking hazards, and other dangers can affect your family, but you can also use this time to take steps to stay a little safer all year long. Here’s how:

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