Our Boston Personal Injury Lawyers Are Looking Out for You
In our over 50 years of combined legal experience, the
Law Office of Steven R. Whitman has handled countless cases of individuals who suffered injuries through
another person’s negligence. These accidents can leave you hurt,
but our firm can pursue the at-fault party through a personal injury suit.
Other times accidents simply happen due to nature, or the business of our
lives distracts us. At the Law Office of Steven R. Whitman we strive to
ensure our community is aware of common causes of accidents so people
feel empowered to drive safely and conduct their lives free of fear. For
this reason, we have compiled our monthly safety tips below and will be
adding to it over time. The Law Office of Steven R. Whitman wants your
community to be informed and protected at all times!
Here are some of our past safety tips:
Parking Lot Safety- April Safety Tip- Many employees begin and end their
workday in parking lots, but they may overlook the potential dangers of
the area. Employees shouldo approach parking lots the same way they would
any street or intersection. When walking in a parking lot, we recommend
- Watch for vehicles and check your surroundings.
- Never assume a driver can or will see you.
- Always look both ways before crossing, and use sidewalks when available.
- Refrain from walking in between parked vehicles; instead, walk down the
lot’s main aisles.
- Walk in groups so it’s easier for drivers to see you.
- Wear appropriate shoes in inclement weather
- Park in spots with less vehicle and foot traffic, and always watch for
- Avoid driving in reverse when possible. Instead, pull all the way through
a parking spot to avoid backing out and dealing with blind spots.
- Drive slowly – no faster than 10 mph. Drive even slower in bad weather,
and remember that vehicles tend to skid in wet weather.
- Be mindful of tight spaces and low clearance.
"Buckle Up"- March Safety Tip- It’s important to understand the proper seat
belt fit and position for your kids and yourself, and to make sure everyone
buckles up every time. Children under 13 should ride in the back seat
for maximum safety. All children younger than 8 years old or under 4’9”
in height are required to be in the appropriate child safety seat system
whenever they ride in a passenger vehicle.
"Watch for Sports Head Injuries to Your Child" - February Safety Tip- If your child gets hit on the head, do not assume
he just had his bell rung, or she was just dinged. Concussions are very
serious and always require medical attention. Research indicates most
children and teens who have a concussion feel better within a couple of
weeks. However, for some, symptoms may last for months or longer and can
lead to short- and long-term problems affecting how they think, act, learn
and feel. Following a concussion, athletes of all ages are advised to
undergo a series of steps before returning to play: rest, then light exercise
and sport-specific training. Only then should they be cleared to resume
contact drills. Make sure all coaches know how to recognize the signs
of a concussion and have a plan in case of emergency. Signs and symptoms
of concussion include:Confusion, Forgetfulness, Glassy eyes, Disorientation,
Clumsiness or poor balance, Slowed speech and Changes in mood, behavior
"Fire a Leading Cause of Death for Kids"- January Safety Tip- According to the National Safety Institute,
over the past several decades, deaths from home structure fires in the
United States have steadily gone down – from 5,200 in 1980 to 2,755
in 2013, according to
Injury Facts 2016®. But even one death from a preventable fire is too many. While fire doesn't
discriminate by age, it is the third leading cause of death for children
ages 2 to 14. In 2013, 202 children in this age group died from fire and
smoke inhalation. As we look at the causes of home structure fires –
smoking, heating equipment, electricity – all major causes have
decreased, except for one. Candle-related fires are up 125%. Most deaths
from fire occurred during the fall and winter months, which includes the
candle-heavy holiday season. NSC provides the following tips to keep your
home safe from fire: Install
both types of smoke alarms (ionization and photoelectric) and carbon monoxide alarms;
change the batteries at least once a year in these devices,
Plan – and practice – an escape route and agree on a meeting place outside of your home; be prepared to assist
young children, family members with special needs and pets,
Know two ways out of every room in the home, Learn how to use your fire extinguisher, If your clothes catch on fire,
stop, drop and roll, When evacuating, if door handles are hot, pick an
alternate route; learn two ways out of every room and Leave your house
and call for help; do not go back to help someone else.
"Speed Limit Safety Tip"- In December for all those driving in the City of Boston in 2017,
a new default speed limit will take effect. Boston's City Council
recently passed a local ordinance declaring 25 mile per hour default speed
limit on otherwise unmarked city streets. Currently that default limit is 30 miles per hour. The new speed limits
will take effect starting next year. The new limits apply only to city streets, and does not include state-owned roadways.
"Workplace Safety Tips"- November is Workplace Safety Month. OSHA reported that in 2010, 4690
workers were killed on the job. Eighteen percent of those deaths occurred
in the construction trades. OSHA concluded that 437 of the 774 deaths
in construction that year could have been prevented by keeping workplace
safety tips in mind on the job. No matter what industry you work in, applying
safety awareness prevent accidents. Tips for Avoiding Slips and Falls:
Falls are the leading cause of injury in the workplace. Keep these tips
in mind to avoid an injury: As you walk, keep an eye on the floor in front
of you for spills, If you see a spill, never just walk by it. Always clean
it up or call someone to clean it up, Wear nonskid shoes when you work
in kitchens, outdoors, or any other place where you will commonly be walking
on slippery surfaces, Never climb on shelving units or storage units to
get things. Use only approved ladders, Never lean on railings, even if
they look solid. They could be improperly secured, and you could fall
& Always use safety harnesses when working at heights.
"Baby Safety” - September is Baby Safety Month. One important area of baby safety is
being informed of product recall. As such, an important safety tip for
parents is to complete and return registration cards for purchased products
used for your baby.
“Dog Safety” - August is the month known as the dog days of summer. Due to the excessive,
dog safety is as important as ever. Here are some tips for keeping your
pet safe: Never leave your dog in a hot car, Make sure your dog is protected
from parasites like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, Keep your dog’s
paws cool (stay off hot asphalt and metal), Access to fresh drinking water
and shade and Give your dog his own “kiddy pool”. Perhaps
the most important tip is to pay attention to your dog – you’ll
know when he seems uncomfortable. Summer can be a great time to spend
with your dog, but it’s important to keep these tips in mind.
"Heat Waves Safety Tips" - July in New England brings the first heat waves of the summer season.
Here are some safety tips to ensure a safe summer: Always put on sunblock
before leaving the house, Wear a hat when you go outside, Stay hydrated
because by the time you realize you are not hydrated it is too late; As
a general rule, always drink more water than you think you need, Keep
children away from gas and charcoal grills, Wear sunglasses with UV protection,
If you are going on an extended trip contact the post office to hold your
mail so potential burglars do not become aware you may not be home and
If you are taking an extended trip, join AAA just in case you need emergency
“National Safety Month” - As everyone begins their summer it is important to remember that
June is National Safety Month. One of the purposes June as safety month
is to ensure safe practices in the workplace. One of the best ways to
prevent accidents or injuries is to assure that all employees are properly
trained. Any person that is required to use tools, machines or other equipment
while working should also be taught how to properly work them. Supervisors
and managers should also explain what types of injuries could occur from
misuse and how to handle the situation if an injury does happen. The importance
of a clean work environment cannot be overestimated. A clean workplace
will make it easier to locate important equipment and safety gear. The
floor should be kept free of clutter or debris. They should also be cleaned
at least once daily or more depending on the job.
“Memorial Day Safety Tips” - May is the month of Memorial Day. In New England, that means plenty
of outdoor activities. Consider these safety tips as you plan your holiday:
#1 Food Safety- It's always important to thoroughly cook foods, especially
when you're grilling with ground beef, poultry, and pork. #2 Fire
Safety- Be sure to clean your grill before using it. #3 Sun Safety- Use
plenty of sunblock and stay hydrated. Sunglasses and hats can help. #4
Water Safety- Do not take your eyes off children near swimming areas.
Stay a safe distance away from motor boats if swimming. #5 Travel Safety-
Before hitting the road make sure your vehicle has been serviced. Always
wear your seatbelt and never drink and drive or travel with anyone who
has been drinking.
"Child Safety Tips" - April is a month that New Englanders feel they are finally getting some
nice weather after a long winter. This can lead to children playing near
windows which could lead to unwanted injuries. The following safety tips
will help to provide a safe environment for your family. Always supervise
children and keep their play area away from windows. Keep windows closed
and locked when children are present. If windows are open, make sure children
can't reach them. For a double-hung window on an upper floor, open
the top sash for ventilation and keep the bottom sash closed. Screens
keep bugs out, but they do not keep children in. Keep furniture away from
windows as they could tempt a curious child to climb and potentially fall.
Don't allow children to jump on beds or other furniture. If there
are young children in the home, install ASTM-approved limited-opening
hardware, which only allows a window to open a few inches.
"Work-Related Eye injuries" - March is eye safety month. More than 2,000 eye injuries occur on the job
site every day and about one in 10 of them require missed work days to
recover, according to a study by Oregon State University. Of the total
amount of work-related eye injuries, 10 to 20 percent will cause temporary
or permanent vision loss in the affected employees. And, while many people
think that eye injuries primarily occur in manufacturing, construction
or trade jobs, nearly 40 percent of work-related eye injuries occur in
offices, healthcare facilities, laboratories and similar environments.
Flying objects, tools, particles, chemicals and harmful radiation, are
the causes of most eye injuries. And in many cases, implementing safe
work practices and utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment
could prevent them entirely. March is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month
and that is why we are taking this opportunity to remind you of a few
tips to help protect your eyes while on the job. Always wear the appropriate
safety eyewear for your job site or role, even if you are just passing
through a hazardous area. If working in an area with particles or dust,
be sure to wear safety glasses with side shields to protect against flying
objects. When working with chemicals, always wear safety goggles or face
shields to protect against splashing. When working around hazardous radiation
like welding, lasers or fiber optics, be sure to use special-purpose safety
goggles and helmets designed specifically for the task. So remember -
something as simple as putting on a pair of safety glasses can prevent
serious eye injuries. These injuries are painful, cause many lost workdays
and sometimes lead to permanent vision loss. So during the month of March,
and year round, remember to wear your safety glasses!
"Heating Equipment Safety"- Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. During February,
some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.
Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment,
like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.Have
a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.Never
use your oven to heat your home.Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned
and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Remember to turn
portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.Make sure the
fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the
container a safe distance away from your home. Test smoke alarms monthly.
"Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Safety"- According to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, January
the first month of the year is the worst for carbon monoxide poisoning.
At least two people die each day from carbon-monoxide poisoning in January.
There are certain steps that you and your family should take to give to
keep you safe from potential carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Have your heating system inspected each year by a qualified technician;
- Install carbon monoxide detectors installed on every level of your home
- Confirm each year that the detector is working and if battery operated
install new batteries each winter;
- Don’t let cars idle in the garage;
- Don’t heat your home with a gas oven;
- Don’t burn anything in a an unvented fireplace or stove.
"Holiday Safety"- November is an exciting holiday month. I few simple tips can make it
a safe month as well. If you are traveling to the airport around Thanksgiving
plan on leaving early so as to alleviate any worries about not arriving
on time since this is a very busy travel period. If traveling by car,
make sure to start your trip with a full tank of gas. If you are cooking
for others, follow all cooking instructions for your turkey to avoid any
possibility of food poisoning.
"Holiday Safety II"- December as we approach the holiday season we can be lulled into a sense
that all is well. However, burglars, muggers and pickpockets see the holiday
season as an opportunity to line their pockets with your good fortune.
Click here for more detailed safety tips whether you are traveling, out for the evening
"Fire Prevention"- October is Fire Prevention Month. The
U.S. Fire Administration reports that fires kill more than 4,000 Americans each year and approximately
injure 20,000 more. There are several steps you can take to keep you and
your family safe this month. Costumes for children should be flame retardant.
Check your smoke detectors and check the batteries if detectors are not
hard wired. Sweep your chimney and keep heaters away from flammable materials.
It’s also a good idea to clear your roof and gutters of leaves and
pine needles. If you are illuminating jack-o-lanterns use flashlights
instead of candles.
"Teenage Driver Collisions"- Teenage driver automobile collisions spike in September as many teens start
to drive to school. There are many ways for teens to avoid these possible
collisions. Staying off cell phones while driving, limiting night driving
and setting strict rules for limiting passengers are all ways to prevent injury.
"Grill Safety"- August is a great month for barbeques. However, with barbeques comes
fire. A few safety tips can make for a safe an enjoyable summer. You should
first make sure that the grill is on even ground. Inspect all hoses and
gas lines. Check for potential gas leaks. Also, the grill should be checked
for cleanliness so as to prevent grease fires and flare ups. Lastly, the
grill should positioned away from play areas and high foot traffic areas.
"Fourth of July Celebrations"- July welcomes in a host of Fourth of July celebrations. Fireworks and
barbeques can give rise to unwanted fires. These fires can be costly not
only to the government and insurance companies but to families who lose
possessions or worse incur disfiguring injuries or death. Always keep
fire extinguishers on hand. Alcohol should be kept away from children.
Parents should watch small children to prevent swallowing and choking
on small balloons or fireworks. Be safe and enjoy the holiday.
"Ladder Safety" - Entering June after a long winter, homeowner’s and repairman are
starting to climb onto roofs to do repairs and inspect damages. This is
a time to take ladder safety very seriously. Ladders which haven’t
been used since last season should be checked to make sure they are in
proper working order before usage. Broken rungs, parts, missing bolts
and other hazards should be evaluated carefully. Always make sure the
ladder is on solid footing before ascending.
"People are Finally Spending More Time Outside"- May is a month where people are finally spending more time outside. Motorists
should be especially careful for joggers and small children running into
streets as well as darting animals. Now is also a good time to change
windshield wipers and have your tires checked for winter wear and pothole damage.
"Be Cautious When Driving in the Rain" - April is the month for showers. This can lead to the possibility of
hydroplaning if you are driving. Often, light showers mixed with oil on
the road can lead to skidding, especially during the first 5 minutes of
a shower. The faster one goes, the greater the likelihood of hydroplaning.
Extra care should be used when entering or existing a highway ramp where
the possibility of stopping abruptly may cause a skid. Always adjust your
speed for road conditions regardless of the posted speed limit.
"Watch out for Black Ice" - During the month of March there is a great deal of thawing and re-freezing.
This can lead to black ice on the road way as well as sidewalks, driveways
and walkways. Better to proceed with caution when there is even the possibility
of black ice in front of you. Even if you are driving within the speed
limit you must account for the road conditions.
"Watch and Take Care of Your Back" - With lots of snow to shovel this month plan on stretching and warming
up before and after shoveling. Also, pay extra attention to snow plows
and other vehicles that may not be able to see you due to oversized snow banks.