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Arkansas Authorities Offering Halloween Safety Tips To Trick-Or-Treaters

by rhs | October 31st, 2011

October 31, 2011

For most kids, Halloween is all about costumes and candy, but for most parents, the spook-filled night is about keeping your children safe from the dangers it poses. That is why, according to THV News, Arkansas police agencies are offering tips on how to keep your little monsters safe tonight.

The car club, AAA, says that Halloween is the most deadly night of the year for pedestrians. Trick-or-treaters going door-to-door should wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or glow stick. This will help make them more visible to drivers in oncoming traffic. Also, try to avoid masks they may inhibit good vision. Instead, apply makeup to achieve your look, and for an extra spooky effect, use glow-in-the-dark face paints.

Most importantly, parents should never let children trick-or-treat alone. Always accompany your child or ensure they are going with a trusted adult.

Now that the kids have brought home their loot, parents should ensure that the candy is safe to eat by making sure all of the candy is commercially wrapped. Never accept homemade treats from strangers.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween! Post photos from trick-or-treating on our Facebook page.

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One Teen Killed, Two Others Injured In Arkansas ATV Crash

by rhs | October 24th, 2011

October 24, 2011

An accident involving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) carrying three teens and a pickup truck has left one teen dead and the other two severely injured. According to KTHV News, the accident happened this past Saturday around 3:30 in the afternoon, along US Highway 270 near Sheridan, Arkansas.

The three teens, all 15-years-old, were riding the ATV along the stretch of highway when they failed to stop at a stop sign, and broadsided a Toyota pickup truck. The collision caused the boys to be thrown from the machine like ragdolls. The young driver of the ATV was killed upon impact in the crash, while the other two suffered major trauma and were taken to an area hospital for treatment. As of today, one of them is listed in fair condition, while the other is in critical. The driver of the pickup was uninjured and does not face any charges for his part in the crash.

Studies from the Campbell Clinic at the University of Tennessee found that serious injuries amongst children, teens, and young adults resulting from riding ATVs has risen in the past few years, with more than 4,500 young people hurt every year on the vehicles.

The Arkansas Car Accident Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton want to know what your opinion about young people driving ATVs. Should it be a minor’s choice to ride them, or should stricter age limit policies be enacted to protect riders? Tell us what you think by posting to our Facebook page.

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Free Pizza For Smoke Detectors In Little Rock

by rhs | October 17th, 2011

October 17, 2011

Last Thursday, a chain of pizza restaurants in Little Rock, Arkansas, were promoting fire safety month by partnering with the Little Rock Fire Department. Fox 16 News says that the two were giving away free pizzas to customers with working fire alarms in their homes.

Customers that placed delivery orders with a franchise of Domino’s Pizza Company were shocked when firefighters in one of the company engines pulled up at their doorstep to deliver the pizza. If the home had working fire alarms, the pizza was on the house, if not, customers had to pay up.

Firefighters say the goal of the campaign was to let homeowners know that having smoke detectors in the home can save lives. One driver stated, “We try to keep families safe. We try to keep kids safe. A lot of homes don’t have that surprisingly.”

The Home Safety Council offers several tips for keeping your family safe from fires:

  • Keep flammable objects away from a stove range.
  • Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects.
  • Always unplug electrical items when not in use.
  • Douse cigarette butts with water to fully extinguish.
  • Extinguish candles when not in the same room.
  • Create a fire escape plan for your house that all family members know.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to hear from you on our Facebook page if you have any other suggestions for protecting your home from fires.

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Hot Springs Nursing Home Shut Down By Authorities

by rhs | October 10th, 2011

October 10, 2011

A residential facility for the elderly in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has been shut down after authorities discovered the business was in violation of numerous city, state, and federal safety codes. The Sentinel-Record reports that the home’s 29 residents were removed and taken to other accommodations.

Last Friday, authorities from the Hot Springs Fire Department, the Garland County Sheriff’s Department, the Morning Star Volunteer Fire Department, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services went to Lakeside Residential Care for an “inspection due to neglect issues,” according to Morning Star Fire Chief Nathan Kew.

The Hot Springs Fire Marshall stated the buildings lacked proper smoke detectors and fire exits and that several construction projects had gone without construction permit or inspection. All of the assisted living cottages on the property were above specified occupancy limits; however the most disturbing violations officials found was in the care some residents were receiving.

A Sheriff’s Department investigator described the condition she found one patient in by saying, “He was very thin and supposedly has dementia and schizophrenia… He’s living by himself. He’s got boils on his legs. He just does not look to be in good health whatsoever.”

The Arkansas Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton understand how difficult it can be to find excellent care for an elderly loved one, but that doesn’t mean they should suffer because a facility fails to live up to expectations. Rainwater, Holt & Sexton are available anytime to answer any questions you may have regarding the care of your loved one.

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Opening Day of Hunting Season Prompts Safety Warnings

by rhs | October 3rd, 2011

October 3, 2011

Many Arkansas residents woke before sunrise Saturday morning to head out into the woods for the opening day of deer season. The start of the season also has officials with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) reminding hunters about important safety practices.

Every year hundreds of individuals are injured or killed while hunting. Research by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) shows that most hunting accidents occur when hunters fail to properly identify their targets. Therefore, the organization stresses that hunters should wear blaze-orange when hunting. The AGFC actually requires all hunters wear at least 400 square inches of bright orange material to make them more visible in heavily wooded areas.

The IHEA also reports that another leading cause of accidents are numerous incidents of hunters accidentally “swinging” a firearm on a neighboring hunter. Experts say the best way to avoid this is to establish firing lines going out at 45 degrees from each hunter’s side. This creates a “V” of safe zone for each shooter to fire into without harming anyone around him or her.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to wish all hunters the best of luck this season, and remind them to be safe by always double checking their target, wearing orange, and letting others know their whereabouts.

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