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Category: Safety

Hurricanes & Covid-19

July 31, 2020 August 1 is the first day of the peak hurricane season (August-September).  While the last hurricane in Massachusetts was Bob in 1991, the Commonwealth has a history of destructive hurricanes. In 2020, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an above normal hurricane season. Regardless of the seasonal forecast and the…
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Rabies – What You Need to Know

Jun 12, 2020 Several years ago, we found a bat in our house in the early summer.  I trapped it and threw it out into the yard; and it disappeared after about a half hour.  After thinking about it, I realized that the bat had been in the house for several days.  Later that day,…
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COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips

Mar 27, 2020 This article was originally published on the Federal Communications Commission website. View the article and find updates here. If you are concerned about an older adult (age 60 or older), and have reason to believe he/she is a victim of elder abuse, neglect, self-neglect or financial exploitation call the Massachusetts-based Elder Abuse…
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Distraction-Free Driving

Feb 21, 2020 This Sunday, February 23, 2020, a new law becomes effective in Massachusetts.  The hands-free driving law prohibits operators of motor vehicles from using any electronic device, including mobile telephones, unless the device is used in hands-free mode. Penalties for breaking this law will include up to a $500 fine, mandatory attendance at…
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Safe Drivers

Jan 10, 2020 I remember the day I bought my first car.  It was a 10-year old, burnt orange Ford Fiesta and I was as proud as I could be that it was mine.  That little car gave me a freedom that I hadn’t imagined was possible.  Since that time, I have always had a…
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Space Heater Safety

Dec 20, 2019 With the drop in temperatures, I find myself using a space heater in the evenings.  I don’t need to keep my entire home toasty, but I do like to have my living room or office comfortably warm while I’m using the room.  So, a space heater makes sense for me. Safety is…
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Pets & the Holidays

Dec 13, 2019 This weekend, my cats are getting a new toy. We are putting up the Christmas tree, and they think it’s their personal playground.  We put the tree in a corner, tie it securely and hope for the best.  The holidays can be hazardous and/or stressful to our pets.  If we’re not thoughtful,…
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Staying Warm & Safe

Dec 6, 2019 With the drop in temperatures, I find myself using a space heater in the evenings.  I don’t need to keep my entire home toasty, but I do like to have my living room or office comfortably warm while I’m using the room.  So, a space heater makes sense for me. Safety is…
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Avoid Winter Falls

Nov 29, 2019 Last weekend, I saw ice on the ground for the first time this year.  It was a small patch, but I’m glad I saw it before I stepped on it.  With the early arrival of winter, visits to hospital emergency rooms due to falls will increase in the coming weeks. According to…
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Hot Weather Safety

Jul 19, 2019 It feels like we’ve arrived at the “dog days of summer” as my Grandmother used to say.  This weekend, we are looking at forecast highs in the nineties and lows in the eighties! Did you know that people aged 65 and older are more prone to heat injuries than younger adults?  According…
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