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Lightning Safety 101: Tips for Protecting You and Your Family

Lightning Safety 101: Tips for Protecting You and Your Family

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist for the National Weather Service, offered this advice for staying safe when there is a threat of lightning:Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities, but being o…

Heatstroke Prevention Products Unreliable for Saving Kids in Hot Cars

Heatstroke Prevention Products Unreliable for Saving Kids in Hot Cars

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Last year, 33 children died after being left in hot cars. But gadgets designed to prevent child deaths from being left in hot cars are not completely reliable, according to a government report released Monda…

New Law Would Block Rental of Recalled Cars

New Law Would Block Rental of Recalled Cars

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new bill that would keep rental car companies from renting out vehicles that have been recalled because of safety risks was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Raechel and Jacqueline H…

Extreme Parenting: To Leash or Not to Leash?

Extreme Parenting: To Leash or Not to Leash?

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s becoming almost a common sight – and a great debate for any modern family. Should you leash small children? For parents across the country, there is no middle ground.Mother of four and family psychol…

Dangerous Rip Currents Claim Lives at Florida Beaches

Dangerous Rip Currents Claim Lives at Florida Beaches

David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An outbreak of rip currents at beaches in Florida has claimed several lives and endangered dozens more in recent days, prompting the National Weather Service to extend its public warnings to beachgoers.Over this pa…

Laundry Detergent Pods Poisoning Children

Laundry Detergent Pods Poisoning Children

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — To some kids, the bright colors and bite-size packaging of single-use packets of laundry detergent simply look too much like candy. Tuesday night, one-and-a-half-year-old Jeivon Williams put one in his mouth and it b…

6-Year-Old Saves Best Friend’s Life with Heimlich Maneuver

6-Year-Old Saves Best Friend’s Life with Heimlich Maneuver

ABC News(SACRAMENTO) — A 6-year-old girl in Sacramento saved her best friend’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver earlier this week, something she learned from watching a Disney Channel TV show.First graders Elspeth “Beanie” Ma…

How Protective Parents Imperil Kids at the Playground

How Protective Parents Imperil Kids at the Playground

Christopher Robbins/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For parents who hover, a playground can look like a very dangerous place for their kids. But medical experts warn that parental efforts to keep their young children safe often backfire — and end up harming t…

Car-Brake Override Rules Proposed After Toyota Accidents

Car-Brake Override Rules Proposed After Toyota Accidents

Mark Renders/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — After a rash of unintended acceleration accidents in Toyotas, a federal agency Thursday proposed a rule to require automakers to install a brake override switch in all new vehicles when both the brake and gas pe…

Tornado Survival 101: How to Stay Safe During a Tornado

Tornado Survival 101: How to Stay Safe During a Tornado

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Multiple tornadoes ripped through the north Texas area Tuesday, tearing apart homes and tossing tractor-trailers into the road. Amazingly, no major injuries have been reported yet.But would you know what to do if a m…

Worried About Bus Safety? Now There’s an App for That

Worried About Bus Safety? Now There’s an App for That

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Ever want to monitor the bus you’re riding in up-to-the-minute fashion? There’s a new app for that, and it allows you to check the safety record of a bus company before booking that summer trip.The National …

Girl, 3, Thrown from Carnival Ride at Houston Rodeo

Girl, 3, Thrown from Carnival Ride at Houston Rodeo

KTRK(HOUSTON) — Dramatic video of a 3-year-old girl being thrown from a Houston carnival ride has prompted rodeo officials to change the ride’s height restriction requirements. It may also lead to tougher regulation of traveling carnivals in Tex…

Girlfriend’s Final Texts a Warning on Distracted Driving

Girlfriend’s Final Texts a Warning on Distracted Driving

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(QUEBEC, Canada) — A young Canadian man is hoping the heart-wrenching final text message conversation he had with his girlfriend before she died can serve as a reminder of the dangers of distracted driving.Mathieu Fortin has post…

School Bus Crashes Raise Concerns About Seat Belts and Safety

School Bus Crashes Raise Concerns About Seat Belts and Safety

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two recent school bus accidents, one in Indiana and the other in Washington state, have left one student and a bus driver dead, and scores of students injured, raising new concerns about school bus safety.In Indianap…

Three-Year-Old Ingests 37 Magnets

Three-Year-Old Ingests 37 Magnets

ABC News(PORTLAND, Ore.) — An Oregon 3-year-old is recovering after she ingested 37 Buckyball earth magnets.Payton Bushnell had complained to her parents about stomach pain, Oregon’s KPTV reported. At first, Aaron and Kelli Bushnell thought their chil…

Risk-Loving Mom Straps on Toddler for Cliff Climb

Risk-Loving Mom Straps on Toddler for Cliff Climb

aimevenhigher[dot]blogspot[dot]com(SWANSEA, Wales) — Britons were shocked Wednesday morning to see the photo of rock-climbing fanatic Menna Pritchard climbing a 30-foot rock face with 2-year-old daughter Ffion strapped to her back.Readers and commenta…

Cruise Ship Safety: 20 Tips for Safety On and Off the Seas

Cruise Ship Safety: 20 Tips for Safety On and Off the Seas

VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – If the Costa Concordia disaster may have you rethinking your next cruise vacation, feeling prepared may help ease your jitters. Check out these cruise ship and travel safety tips from online cruise guid…

Safety on the Slopes

Safety on the Slopes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MORRISTOWN, N.J.) — With skiing and snowboarding being two of the most popular sports in the U.S. and 9.9 million Americans taking part in these activities every year, seasoned skiers and boarders know that falling is an accepte…

4 Ways to Practice Safe Yoga

4 Ways to Practice Safe Yoga

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many of yoga’s practitioners tout its benefits for strength, flexibility and general health.But the practice can also cause a range of injuries among beginners and experienced yogis alike, according to a rep…

New Year Celebrations: Champagne Bottle Safety

New Year Celebrations: Champagne Bottle Safety

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — December 31st is when millions of us ring in the new year with a champagne toast. But all those flying champagne corks could be hazardous to your eyesight. It may surprise you to know that a champagne cork can clock fifty…

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