Tips for Fireplace Safety this Winter

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Irvine – Charlottesville Personal Injury Attorney

If you own a wood burning or gas fireplace, the cold winter months provide many opportunities to enjoy the cozy warmth they provide. Since these fireplaces haven’t been used during the summer, it is a good idea to review the following safety considerations for home fireplaces.

Maintain Your Chimney

Chimneys should be inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary, to ensure that they are clear of obstructions and creosote. This should ideally be done at the beginning of the winter season to be sure the chimney will be safe for use over the coming months. Look for a professional sweep in your area that is certified by the…

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6 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Parties Safely

Charles Littlepage Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Charles L. Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

It’s the time of year again where it seems like every weekend is filled with Christmas shopping, holiday parties, and plenty of champagne. Despite all of the excitement and good cheer, this is a potentially dangerous season for all kinds of merry-making mishaps. 

Whether you plan to attend your annual office blowout or host your own party for your family and friends, there are several safety tips you should keep in mind so that your fiesta won't turn into a fiasco.

If you are hosting a party: 


Clear your driveway, steps, and porch of ice and snow. The last thing you want is for one of your guests…

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12 Tips for Holiday Fire Prevention

W. Coleman Allen, Jr. - Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: W. Coleman Allen, Jr. - Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 47,000 residential fires occur during the winter holidays, which claim more than 500 lives. The majority of these fires are caused by improper use or placement of seasonal decorations and carelessness or distraction during holiday cooking.

As you light the menorah, decorate your tree, or prepare a feast for family and friends, remembering these twelve fire safety and prevention tips can help you avoid a holiday hazard.

Holiday Safety Checklist: Before putting them to use, check all electrical string lights for loose or frayed wires, cracked bulbs, or worn…

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Parking in Spaces Reserved for Persons with Disabilities

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

The holiday shopping season is upon us. Parking lots at the malls, shopping centers, and groceries stores are filled to capacity. You have circled the parking lot three times. Nothing is open. You see an available parking space, but it is reserved for persons with disabilities. You only need to run into the store for a few minutes. It’s just this one time. You’ll be right back. Can you park there? 

Unless you have and need a disabled parking license plate or placard, the answer is always no. 

Why? Because persons with disabilities need those spaces.  

In order for an individual to obtain a disabled license…

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How to Select Safe Toys for Gift-Giving

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

The holiday season is a time for many of us to enjoy all the excitement that comes with selecting toys and presenting them to the little ones on our gift list. However, being drawn in by bright, shiny packaging and all the toy’s bells and whistles without considering the potential hazards of that item could lead to disaster.

Toy-related injuries send more than 26,000 children to the emergency room every year. These injuries include lacerations, asphyxiation, burns, poisoning, and more.

Do you know how to tell the difference between safe toys and those that are considered high-risk? The following guidelines…

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Quick-Reference Guide to Common Holiday Pet Hazards

Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Danielle Bringard, Fredericksburg Area Personal Injury Attorney

According to the ASPCA, one in three pet owners will experience a holiday-related veterinary emergency during their pet’s lifetime. Many popular holiday decorations and traditions can pose serious dangers to four-legged family members, causing problems ranging from gastrointestinal upset to fatal poisoning.

Make sure that your festivities this season remain merry and bright by using this quick-reference guide to help ensure your pet’s safety.

Food Dangers:

My golden retriever, Mickey, is quick to gobble up any piece of food that falls to the floor! If your pet has the same personality, here are some things…

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Improving Safety on Intercity Buses

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Buses can be a convenient and affordable means of transportation for many Americans. Many people - often college students, use Megabus coaches and other bus companies to get home for the holidays or to travel between cities for other reasons. Statistics show that bus transportation is on the rise.[1] But unfortunately, buses are not always held to the highest safety standards.

According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), around 160 fires occur on intercity buses each year.[2] According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), intercity bus services also have higher rates of fatal accidents and more driver…

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Is My Child’s Toy Making Him Sick?

Tara L. Tighe, Fredericksburg and Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tara L. Tighe, Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

Parents and caregivers understand how vital it is to clean anything and everything that goes into a child’s mouth. The importance of keeping toys clean and sanitized for babies is especially important. Unfortunately, despite care and cleaning, some baby toys are susceptible to mold growth. 

The toy in question was made of a soft rubber, ideal for teething babies to chew on. As babies chewed on the toy, spit and bacteria built up inside of the toy, and it became a prime place for mold to grow. One parent noticed an odor and decided to sacrifice the toy and open it up. The parent was horrified at what she found inside the toy-…

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MADD Tie One On for Safety Holiday Campaign and the Perks of Being a Designated Driver

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Paul D. Hux, Chesterfied, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Snow and ice aren't the only dangers on the road during the holiday season. Driving under the influence of alcohol is the number one cause of car crashes that result in death in the United States with an average of 10,497 fatalities per year. The occurrence of these crashes is highest during the holiday season due to the increase in parties and other festivities where alcohol is served. 

Mothers Against Drunk Driving formed in 1980 to increase public awareness of the growing number of alcohol-related crashes and to help the public understand that victims were real people with grieving families. The organization was created…

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What You Need to Know About the Takata Airbag Recall

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

If you drive a vehicle in the United States that was manufactured after 2001, then chances are high that you could be affected by the largest automotive safety recall in history.

The Danger Could Be Right in Front of You

With tens of millions of cars recalled from 32 different automotive brands, the blame for this threat to safety falls to airbag inflators and their propellant chemicals sourced from Japanese supplier Takata. Faulty inflator design and the unstable chemical compounds within them are responsible for hundreds of gruesome injuries and 19 deaths to date.

Airbags fitted with this deadly combination…

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