Home Fire Safety Checklist

July 18, 2018

By John Fagan According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2016 there were about 352,000 home fires resulting in about 2,700 deaths and 10,700 injuries. That is almost 1000 fires PER DAY! 65% of home fire deaths occur because the home does not have working smoke alarms. Fire Safety Prevention 1. Keep matches away…

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Gallbladder Surgery Gone Wrong

July 18, 2018

By John Fagan Cholecystectomy problems, also known as gallbladder removal surgery, often result in legal action. The most common complication is bowel perforation which occurs when the surgeon places a trocar through the abdominal wall or when scissors or a cautery penetrate the bowel and it is not detected and repaired in surgery. This causes…

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The Deadliness of Carbon Monoxide

July 18, 2018

By John Fagan Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an invisible, tasteless, gas with no smell that is a byproduct of incomplete combustion. All fuel burning appliances produce carbon monoxide. This includes gas and oil heaters and furnaces, wood stoves, gas cooking stoves and ovens, gas dryers, kerosene heaters, gas water heaters, fireplaces, charcoal grills, and internal…

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Boating Under the Influence

July 17, 2018

By John Fagan Boating under the influence (BUI) cases are more frequent during the spring and summer months because there are more people out on the water. While not as common as the typical DUI, it would be hard to find a boat without a cooler full of beer on a hot summer day. Here…

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Distracted Driving Dangers

July 16, 2018

By John Fagan In 2016, distracted driving caused 3,500 deaths and 391,000 accidents. That equates to distracted driving causing over 1000 accidents per day. Cell phones (hand held or hands free) can extend driver’s reaction time as much as a .08 percent blood alcohol level. You are 23 times more likely to crash if you…

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How to tell if you’re too tired to drive — and what to do if you are

July 9, 2018

“We want people to understand how dangerous it is to drive drowsy,” Short stated, especially during the summer when kids are out of school and people are more likely to take long road trips. “Drowsy driving causes a few things: one, you’re going to have a delayed reaction, and that is critical when you’re driving…

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How to teach your children to handle dangerous scenarios

July 9, 2018

One of the most important conversations parents can have with their children is how to stay safe if they are ever in a dangerous situation—walking home from school, playing at the park or somehow getting separated from them. In Ponce Inlet, a 16-year-old girl was able to thwart being abducted as she was walking to…

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Hazards to Avoid While Summer Fishing in Florida

July 9, 2018

While the 10,000 Islands area in Florida is home to some great fishing around this time of year, it is easy to overlook a few simple things that could pose a potential hazard when not considered. It is summertime and with it comes the excitement of trying out your new fishing gear and getting some…

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How to Properly Display the American Flag

July 9, 2018

By John Fagan American flags are proudly displayed every day across the nation to show patriotism. Holidays such as Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Flag Day (June 14th), Independence Day (July 4th), Veteran’s Day (November 11th), and Patriot Day (September 11th) give Americans the chance to fly even more ‘Star Spangled Banners’ than they…

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Are Opioid Education and State Reforms Affecting Workers’ Compensation Claims?

July 9, 2018

Workers’ compensation is the third-largest line in property & casualty insurance, accounting for 9% of all P&C net premiums, according to a J.D. Power analysis of S&P Global Market Intelligence data. Four states comprise 37% of direct premiums written for workers’ compensation in the United States: California, New York, Florida and Illinois. Although the workers’…

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