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What is Ethylene Oxide and Why is Everyone Talking About It?

  What is ethylene oxide? Ethylene oxide (EtO) is a flammable, colorless gas at temperatures above 51.3 ºF (10.7 ºC) that smells like ether at toxic levels. EtO is found in the production of solvents, antifreeze, textiles, detergents, adhesives, polyurethane foam, and pharmaceuticals. Smaller amounts are present in fumigants, sterilants for spices and cosmetics, as well as during...
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Why You May Have Been Exposed to Ethylene Oxide in Georgia

Ethylene oxide (also known as EtO) is a carcinogen. Carcinogens are substances that cause cancer by changing the structure of DNA. Not all humans who come into contact with carcinogens will develop cancer. It all depends on the length and intensity of their exposure, their genetic makeup, and the way in which they were exposed. If you live...
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Smarter Cars = More Distractions

Years ago, buying a new car meant kicking the tires a couple of times, looked under the hood, and then asking the salesman, “how does it ride?” Now when you shop for a new car, looking under the hood makes no sense at all considering what you see looks absolutely nothing like an engine! In fact, newer cars...
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July 4th: Top Three Most Dangerous Holidays

July 4th and the week surrounding the big holiday falls into the top three of the most dangerous holidays of the year. Many people are taking road trips, going on vacation, visiting family, etc., which means that they are on the road more. Not only are they on the road more, but the excitement for the celebration is...
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Keep Your Independence Day Safe

Fourth of July is right around the corner and most people are planning their get togethers. Whether you are hosting a backyard party, heading to the lake, enjoying a beach trip, or celebrating indoors, it's important to know and follow a few safety tips to keep the day the best it can be.   Drink Responsibly  On big...
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Out With A Bang: Firework Safety

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year. This includes structure fires, vehicles fires, and outside fires. On average, these fires cause an average of three deaths, 40 injuries, and millions in property damage each year. In 2017, hospital emergency rooms in the United States treated nearly 13,000 people for...
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July 4th Food Safety

Independence Day is one of the best summer holidays and is highly anticipated every year. Friends and families fill the backyard and gather around picnic tables to enjoy burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, and other signature foods. Many times, these gatherings are held outdoors. Buffet lines of cookout food items are left out for everyone to enjoy, but without following...
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Hot Cars Aren’t For Kids

The National Safety Council stated that in 2018, from January to September alone, almost 50 children throughout the United States lost their lives from being left in hot cars. You see the heartbreaking stories on the news all the time about how a child has suffered from pediatric vehicular heatstroke. In 52% of cases, the child was “forgotten”...
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Safety Tips For Driving In A Storm

Summer storms are a thing in Georgia. Almost every evening, it's like clock work. Storms in the area can come on fast, catching drivers unprepared. If you find yourself in the middle of a thunderstorm with heavy rain take the following actions to protect yourself and your passengers:   Focus on the Road Many of us rely on...
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Sleep Deprivation, Fatigue, & Drowsy Driving

Another topic for National Safety Month, is fatigue. Often times, people don't think about the seriousness of fatigue and sleep deprivation. Sleep is one of the main activities that keeps us healthy, however, nearly 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. On average, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night, but according to the...
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Childproofing Your Home

Your home is supposed to be one of the safest places for your child. Although the risks at home are considerably less than some public areas, it is still necessary to take certain precautions to ensure the overall safety of your child. Children are very curious, so before they start crawling it is advised to childproof your home...
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Hidden Home Hazards

  Did you know that June is National Safety Month? One of the 2019 topics declared by the National Safety Council is hazard recognition. It is easy to believe that your child is safest when they are at home. Although it is true that your home is a safe and risk free environment for your child, there are...
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Summer BBQ Safety Tips

Memorial Day weekends kicks off summer and many people start firing up the grill and inviting friends and family over for cookouts and BBQ's. To prevent injury or illness to yourself and your guests, it is important to use the grill safely and to handle all food properly.   Tips for Safely Operating Your Grill How can you...
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Lake Safety Tips For Your Memorial Day Weekend

Visiting the lake is a common activity for many Georgians in the summer time. Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off the leisure activity, but like any other fun venture, it's important that you know and follow a few safety tips to ensure an enjoyable experience.   Look Before You Leap Often times, many lakes have rope swings and...
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Prevent Boating Accidents This Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is the start to many Georgians spending their weekend on the lake. Many people enjoy boating for leisure and a vacation activity, but boating accidents can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities without proper safety precautions. It’s vital for boat owners and passengers to know how to prevent boating accidents.   Preparation Before setting...
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Six Ways Negligent Drivers Cause Motorcycle Crashes

Motorcycle accidents occur for many different reasons, however, it is not unusual for a Georgia accident report to say something like “the driver claimed he did not see the motorcycle.” It is very common for a driver to not notice a motorcyclist until it’s too late to stop the crash. Why are motorcycles so easy to overlook?  ...
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10 Types of Road Debris That Can Cause a Motorcycle Accident

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, road debris causes about 25,000 motor vehicle accidents each year. While this represents only a small percent of the total accidents in the U.S., road debris can be especially dangerous to motorcyclists. Gravel, leaves and other objects that are just a nuisance to a car can cause a motorcycle to spin...
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Motorcyclists: Are Your Passengers Safe?

While traveling on your motorcycle, you may decide to bring passengers along for the ride. It is important to understand that your passengers are at just as much risk of injury as you are as the driver. Fortunately, there are valuable safety tips that can be shared with your passengers to help reduce the risk of an accident...
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Stay Safe This Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo celebrations are fun for everyone, but with celebration comes the dangers of drinking and driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 38% of all motor vehicle fatalities that occurred each year around May 5th involved impaired drivers or motorcycle operators with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 and above.   On alcohol-intensive...
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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month: Preventing Accidents

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It comes at the start of summer because this is when most motorcyclists hit the open road. Motorcycling in Georgia is a popular pastime and form of commute, but it doesn’t come without risks. In 2016, 173 motorcyclists died in accidents in Georgia. This was a 26% increase from 2014. It’s clear...
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