Swings and other outdoor play equipment have always been a popular childhood pastime. They also can be a great alternative to today’s “screen time” and other sedentary activities. However, playing on outdoor equipment does come at a risk.
“I didn’t see them!” That’s usually the first thing someone says when they’ve been involved in a vehicle-pedestrian crash. The latest statistical year shows that 5,977 pedestrians were killed in U.S. traffic crashes – one every 1.5 hours, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures. In addition, 129,000 pedestrians were treated for non-fatal crash-related injuries. While these figures remained about steady compared with the prior year, the numbers are still alarming.
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Pressure washers are a quick way to clean the dirt and grime from siding, driveways, decks, patios, lawn furniture and other items. But while results may look great, users should beware: Pressure washers are deceptively dangerous.
Block parties, wedding receptions, graduation celebrations, family reunions: These are just some of the events that are fun to take outdoors. But when you’re the host, your concerns need to extend beyond hoping for cooperative weather and stocking snacks.