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How to Keep Your Family Safe This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will be celebrated on November 23rd this year. For millions of Americans, Thanksgiving is a day for friends, family, and football. It’s a day when we celebrate all the goodness we’ve received during the past year. It’s also a day when it’s acceptable for us to take it easy and treat ourselves. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a celebration. But it can turn tragic. Be Safe on the Holiday That’s because Thanksgiving is one of the peak traffic days of the year. In 2015, 46.9 million Americans travelled at least 50 miles for Thanksgiving...
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When Nursing Home Abuse Goes Unreported

A recent alert from the Office of Inspector General found that more than a quarter of cases of serious nursing home abuse go unreported, putting our senior citizens at grave risk. In one recent case, a male resident of a senior care facility allegedly sexually assaulted one of the female residents. The victim suffered serious bruising. Facility employees caught the man in the act and should have reported the incident to the police immediately. Instead, they bathed the victim. According to Curtis Roy, an assistant regional inspector general in the Department of Health and Human...
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Halloween Safety Reminders for All Ages

At its best, Halloween is a fun time for all of us. The weather is changing, we’ve all got our pumpkins out for carving, and we’re ready for candy and costumes. Everyone is ready for a fun evening with spooky music and scary movies. But Halloween can also be a dangerous evening. Whether for children and their parents out trick-or-treating, or for college students out for a night of partying, it’s important to keep safety in mind as you go out on Halloween night. That’s why we’ve gathered up a few tips in the hopes...
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No More Vehicle Accidents?

Tucson Tech, a tech startup run through the University of Arizona, just announced the development of a set of inexpensive, high-performing Luneberg lenses. These Luneberg lenses are spherical lenses that will be able to replace multiple sensors that existing autonomous cars depend on. It’s possible that these 3-D printed Luneberg lenses will replace the complex (and expensive) elements of today’s autonomous cars. This would make it possible to produce much cheaper autonomous cars, and may bring us that much closer to a driverless future. Fully autonomous cars aren’t with us yet, but many people are...
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Safety Reminders for University of Arizona Students

Welcome to all University of Arizona students as you begin your Fall 2017 semester, and a very special warm welcome to the U of A Class of 2021! Whether this is your first time in Tucson or you were born and raised here, this is an exciting time of year. You’ve probably got your mind full of classes, parties, and learning your way around campus. But before you get too caught up in your collegiate experience, we wanted to take a little time to let you know about some of the dangers you might be...
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“No Sue” Agreements in Nursing Homes, An Uncertain Future

If you have a loved one in a nursing home or are considering placing a person in a nursing facility, you need to be aware of the rights of patients and their families. Laws are in place to protect the welfare of patients and provide for legal recourse for families of patients who may have been abused or otherwise mistreated. Some nursing homes, however, have been including “no sue” agreements in their patient acceptance paperwork. These “no-sue” agreements state that neither the patient nor the family may sue the nursing home in court in the...
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Back to School! A Few Safety Reminders

School is back in session for Arizona students and that means it’s the perfect time of year to take stock of how we can help prevent vehicle-related injuries among young people. While there are several school-related hazards that alarm parents and children alike, these dangers can be avoided through proper planning and safety awareness. Improving back to school safety requires a collective effort. It’s not just parents, educators and students that should take notice of back to school safety. Drivers also play a part in keeping young people safe during the school year. Let’s focus...
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GPS and the Increased Risk for Vehicle Crashes

When Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill in April banning texting while driving for drivers with learning permits and teens in the first six months of driving, it was a small step towards addressing a major problem. At the time he signed the legislation, there had already been over 740 car crashes in Arizona believed to have been caused by distracted driving. Arizona is one of only four states without a blanket ban on texting while driving. It’s clear to safety advocates, lawmakers and drivers that distraction is a serious problem on our roads....
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Nursing Home Air Conditioning: A Matter of Life & Death

In June of 2017, 79-year-old Oralia Parra walked out of her memory care facility, Immanuel Campus of Care in Peoria, AZ, through an unsecured door into the blistering summer heat. She was reported missing by the facility’s staff and her body was found later that afternoon less than half a mile from the facility. Parra, an Alzheimer’s patient, is one of 60 suspected heat-related deaths reported in Arizona since the beginning of this year. In many cases, it’s not always clear if heat was the primary cause of death and numbers from agencies often differ...
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Top 5 Water Safety Tips / Boating Safety While in Tucson, AZ

May was National Safe Boating Month, reminding everyone who enjoys time in the water to be careful. Unfortunately, shortly after this month ended, tragedy struck two men near Silverbell Lake, a popular fishing location in Christopher Columbus Park. The two men were killed on June 2, when a friend was backing up a vehicle so they could all pack up and go home. Although this incident didn’t happen on a boat, it still serves as a reminder of the need for enhanced safety awareness anytime you are on or near the water. To stay safe...
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