Facts + Statistics: Child safety

Causes of death from unintentional injuries among children differ significantly by age. For children under the age of 1 year, the most common cause of death was suffocation in 2015, the most recent year available. For children age 1 to 4 drowning was the most common cause of death followed closely by motor vehicle crashes. Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 9 and 10 to 14.

 

Don't be a dummy about flood insurance

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Crystal talks some sense into dummy Kirk about the importance of flood insurance.


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Beyond thunder dumb: When lightning strikes...

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More than 80% of lightning fatalities are men who did not seek shelter from an approaching storm, but instead kept on fishing, boating, golfing, biking, or working outdoors. Be prepared by recognizing danger and knowing what to do and what not to do. If you can hear thunder, even a distant rumble, lightning is close enough to strike you. Immediately seek shelter in a substantial building or a metal-topped vehicle.

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Protecting your roof from hail

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Hail can be as large as five inches in diameter and rain down on your roof at speeds around 90 mph. Learn how to protect your home from these ice bullets. Spokespersons: Scott Morrison, Haag Engineering; Harvey Ryland, Institute for Business and Home Safety.


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Lightning myths

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Jeanne Salvatore dispels common myths about lightning safety and provides the basic tips for staying safe when a storm approaches.


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Facts + Statistics: Hurricanes

The official Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November, but occasionally storms form outside those months. September is the most common month for hurricanes making landfall in the U.S., followed by August and October, according to an analysis of 1851 to 2015 data by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. No hurricanes made U.S. landfall before June and after November during the period studied.

Facts + Statistics: Lightning

In 2016 there were 38 lightning deaths in the United States, compared with 26 in 2015 and 2014. From 2006 to 2016 on average about 31 people died each year from lightning strikes in the United States, according to the National Weather Service. The significant decline in lightning deaths is due to fewer farmers working in fields, along with technological advances, better lightning protection and awareness of lightning safety.

Facts + Statistics: Sports injuries

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Young people aged five to 14 accounted for 51 percent of the football injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2015, according to data from the National Safety Council. This age group accounted for 79 percent of gymnastics injuries, 51 percent of baseball and 40 percent of track and field injuries treated in emergency rooms the same year. (see chart below).

How to pick a lightning protection system

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Lightning can be a dangerous hazard to your home with a single bolt carrying as much as 30 million volts of electricity. Fortunately there are lightning protection systems available to keep your home safe. Find out how to choose the right system from the right professionals to protect yourself from disaster.


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Understanding trees and insurance: Tree maintenance

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Lynne McChristian, Florida Representative of the I.I.I., gives a simple breakdown of how trees are covered by homeowners insurance and also instructs homeowners on how to properly inspect and maintain their trees in preparation for hurricane season.


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