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Fatal Bridgeport fire shows importance of inspections

A devastating home or apartment fire can be one of a family’s worst fears. Not only do residents need to worry about their own safety in a fire, but they can be left homeless and without possessions if they manage to escape with their lives. It is important for Connecticut residents to have functional smoke detectors in their homes. However, whose responsibility is it to ensure fire prevention and detection methods are working, when someone is renting a home?

A tragic accident that occurred in Bridgeport in 2009 illustrates the role that regular safety inspections can take in keeping families safe. It was reported that a gas stove caused an apartment fire in a public housing complex, which killed a young single mother and her three children. It is state law in Connecticut for multifamily units to be inspected yearly by fire officials; however, the fire chief at the time claimed that inspections did not occur because the marshal’s office lacked the resources to inspect public housing units.

How do you prevent construction accidents in winter?

When you work on a construction site in Connecticut, you may encounter hazards year-round. There are some hazards you may see only in the winter and it is important to understand what these are so you can stay safe as you work. 

During the winter, you may frequently see snow and ice. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that you should make sure walking surfaces are not covered in ice or snow. You should also cover these surfaces with deicer. These steps can help keep you and your co-workers from slipping. Additionally, it is a good idea to take smaller steps so you can see ice before your foot hits it. You may also want to walk more slowly. 

How do you teach a child to be a safe pedestrian?

It is important to teach your children how to be safe pedestrians, whether they are walking in your neighborhood or along busy streets in Connecticut. It is recommended that you begin teaching them safe practices when they are young so these practices become habit.

One of the best things you can do is to lead by example. Safe Kids Worldwide says that when you drive, you should make sure you look for walkers and bikers. It is also a good idea to put your cellphone down when you walk near cars. These steps can help your children understand how important it is to practice safety.

Second accident occurs during investigation of first

Connecticut residents are well aware of the fact that a motor vehicle accident can happen virtually anywhere and at any time. However, when thinking about crashes, many people may think about just a few types of situations such as being hit from behind by a tailgating driver on a congested freeway. Another type of crash people might think of first is one that happens when a driver rushes to get through an intersection just as a light is turning. 

it is even possible to be involved in a wreck when a vehicle is out of the lanes of traffic and on the shoulder of a road. This actually happened recently along a stretch of Interstate 91 near an exit ramp. A police vehicle was actually parked on the side of the roadway as the officer had stopped there to investigate an accident that had happened a few hours before. At this time, the exit ramp had been closed due to that first crash.

Black Friday shopping injuries

Like many people, you may consider Black Friday an important part of your Thanksgiving weekend. Because Black Friday is a busy shopping day, you have a greater chance of incurring an injury. At McCoy and McCoy, we know it is important for you to understand how these injuries occur.

According to FindLaw, the holiday season usually sees an increased number of injuries. Part of this is because there are more people in stores. You may be hurt if you are trampled because a store is overcrowded or if you slip on a wet floor. Additionally, you can sustain an injury when shopping carts fall over or if you reach for merchandise on a high shelf.

Drunk driving a serious problem in Hartford County

As the 2017 holiday season fast approaches, many parties, get-togethers and family celebrations are being planned in Connecticut. At a great many of those gatherings, alcoholic beverages will be served and attendees will be needing to find ways to get home. Even with the growing availability of ridesharing options, taxis or the ability to identify a designated driver for the night, several people will instead opt to enjoy their drinks and then grab they keys to drive home.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows just how dangerous this choice has been for residents of Hartford County. In 2016, drunk drivers claimed the lives of more than 42 percent of all people killed in traffic accidents in Hartford County. That is significantly greater than the 34 percent statewide. In all of Connecticut last year, 293 lives were lost in vehicle crashes. Of those, 100 deaths resulted from accidents in which alcohol was a factor.

How can you prevent injuries from electricity?

When you work on a construction site in Connecticut, there are many hazards you encounter. One you may not think about often is electricity.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that electrical incidents kill about 350 people each year. Some of these incidents are caused because people do not adhere to proper safety standards. Electrical equipment can short-circuit through continued use, and sometimes wires may be exposed because of everyday wear and tear. This equipment can still be safe to use when your construction site follows the proper precautions. You should usually monitor the condition of your electrical equipment. Tools which are defective should typically be labeled so people know not to use them. Additionally, you should ensure that your construction site utilizes ground-fault circuit interrupters so everyone will be safe from electric currents.

The country's most dangerous cars

It is always a good idea to drive defensively. Distracted, drugged and reckless drivers are all too common on Connecticut's roads. Driving the speed limit and being aware of your surroundings can go a long way toward keeping you and your family safe.

Unfortunately, defensive driving cannot prevent all accidents. When another motorist is driving negligently or recklessly, accidents happen. When they do, it is important to drive in as safe a vehicle as possible to minimize injury.

How can pedestrians stay safe?

When you walk alongside the roads of Connecticut, you may think that it is a driver's job to look for you. However, it is important for you to know how you can keep yourself safe.

There are many ways you can practice safety as a pedestrian. The American Automobile Association says that you should not think drivers will always yield to you. Instead, you should usually try to establish eye contact with drivers so you can understand if they will let you cross. Additionally, it is important to obey traffic rules. This allows you to predict what actions a driver might take at an intersection.

Premises liability for Halloween

When Connecticut homeowners think about Halloween, they may only think about what kind of candy to give to trick-or-treaters. However, the holiday also provides the opportunity for people to be hurt on your property. It is important to know what you can do to make your property safe for trick-or-treaters and other guests.

 Homeowners may initially think that they can be held liable for any injury which occurs on their property on Halloween. Insurance Journal says that you can only be held liable if three circumstances are all involved in an injury. Someone must have been actually harmed and something on the homeowner's property must have triggered the incident which caused the injury. If a child slips on his or her costume and incurs a sprained wrist, the homeowner usually is not liable. However, if a homeowner's costume frightens a child and makes the child leap back and fall down the stairs, the homeowner possibly would be considered liable for any injury the child incurs.