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Don’t Let Your Garage Blow Up! Safely Trash Your Old Boat and Road Flares

We’ve passed the midpoint of the summer season, meaning it’s time to start thinking about the end of summer fun. While you’re getting the kids ready to go back to school and packing away the outdoors supplies, you might want to check the expiration dates on the consumables. Bad batteries can leave you in the dark if you fail to catch them, but replacement batteries are easy to find and disposal is just a trip to an e-waste center away.

Signal flares are a bit harder. If you own a boat, like many do here in San Diego, you probably own a flare gun since you’re legally obligated to have three signal flares of some kind if you go boating at night or if your boat is more than 16′ in length in case of accident or breakdown. Car owners are advised to have some road flares on hand for emergency purposes as well. Hikers and campers might own a flare gun of their own in case they get lost, though they might think twice about firing it at the height of burn season.

Since you’re unlikely to use up your flares (it’s rare that you break down or get in an car or boating accident), they’ll eventually expire (many brands have a shelf life of thee boating seasons or 3½ years). They should work past the expiration date but they might not, and the risk of a misfire or a fizzle increases. Both can lead to an accident and injury, not to mention leaving you without a desperately needed emergency signal.

The conscientious outdoors lover should replace old, expired flares, but that leaves having to figure out what to do with the old ones.

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This Children’s Furniture Recall Particularly Important for Californians

At the start of June furniture maker Pali Design of Canada recalled 20,000 pieces of children’s furniture, including armoires, dressers, hutches, and bookcases. The pieces were made between 2006 and 2010, and were sold across the United States and Canada via the internet, in independent specialty shops, and Babies R Us. A recall was called in response to a single incident where a Wendy Double Dresser tipped over because a restraining strap broke. No injuries were reported in the one case, and no similar incidents have occurred, and yet Pali Design is handing out a replacement part, indicating that they’re taking it seriously.

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Uber Safe Experiment Could Save Lives

Don’t drink and drive would be a lot easier with these all over San Diego

On May 16th, two young women were killed in a wrong-way DUI car acccident on SR-163 in the Mission Valley area. Sadly, the driver was repeatedly warned by his friends not to get behind the wheel. While it still requires personal committment to drive safe, perhaps Uber has the answer.

Back in April, Uber planted a kiosk in downtown Toronto, Canada. About as tall as an ATM and half as wide, Uber Safe has a screen, a breathalyzer, and a straw dispenser. Insert a straw into the breathalyzer and blow for five seconds to get your BAC measured. If you’re over the legal limit (0.08, just like California) the machine arranges for an Uber driver to pick you up and deliver you home. The cost? Absolutely free. See Uber’s demo video after the jump.

New Technology May Prevent Hot Car Deaths in Children

Since 1998, 637 children have died in hot cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency doesn’t track close calls, which can result in permanent brain injury, vision and/or hearing loss, as well as other serious injuries, though the numbers would surely be astounding if they did.

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Scene where a toddler was found unresponsive in a car.
From The Florida Times Union

Ford Recalls 1 Million Vehicles

If you’ve bought a Ford in the last three years, it may have been recalled

Just under 1 million Fords were recalled in the last week of April for four separate issues. Including Ford’s recall one week previous, the number is well over that. Here’s a list of recalled vehicles, with a short description and the number of defective vehicles. (And no, the picture below is not one of the recalls. That was recalled long ago.)

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Protecting Your Children from Dog Bites

As a parent, there’s no doubt you do everything in your power to keep your children safe. When taking into account that children are more at risk of being injured due to a dog bite or attack than adults, it is important to be aware of the dangers posed by dogs so that you can help prevent your child from being bitten.

Protect children from dog bites

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that children between the ages of 5 and 9 experience the highest rate of dog bite injuries. While it is the responsibility of a dog owner to ensure that their dog does not harm others, here are some safety tips to teach your child in the event that he or she encounters an aggressive or unrestrained dog:

Smaller Vehicles Just as Safe as SUVs in Auto Accidents

Car accidents in San Diego are nothing new. They happen on our roadways almost everyday… and we hear about them on the television daily. What many of us don’t realize is that the automobiles involved in these accidents – especially injury accidents – involve cars of all sizes: from Suburbans and Escalades to small Hondas.

Is there really such a difference between which type of vehicle will keep you safe in an accident? Not really!

California Animal Cruelty and Neglect Laws

San Diego dog attack stories are nothing new on television news, but we don’t hear much about the common problem of animal cruelty and neglect. It carries serious penalties in the state of California – and across the country.

The language used in animal cruelty laws clearly states which kinds of conduct are deemed cruel or inhumane to animals. California’s anti-cruelty statutes cover nearly every kind of misconduct – both broadly and in detail.

Typical animal cruelty conduct involves:

Distracted Driving Crack Down in Chula Vista

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Police in Chula Vista, CA are cracking down on distracted drivers. On Saturday, 35 people were cited for distracted driving in the police department’s “Distracted Driving Operation.”

According to police, 29 drivers were cited for talking on handheld cellular phones while driving, and six were cited caught texting while driving. Each citation comes with a $159 fine.

The operation was part of an ongoing effort to improve traffic safety in Chula Vista.

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