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Spring Break Safety Warnings

Spring Break.jpgSpring break is quickly approaching and local authorities are preparing for the vacationers with a word of warning. Hotels and resorts say the season is longer this year, about eight weeks in total. Crackdowns in traditional destinations for college-age kids have the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) on alert. After Bay County/Panama City Beach passed several laws that starting March 1st, you cannot drink alcohol on the sandy beach or in commercial parking lots in March, ending alcohol sales at 2 a.m. and preventing overnight scooter rentals, many college-aged kids moved west to Walton and Okaloosa County to enjoy their spring break. Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has already sent letters to several colleges and high school campuses warning them to follow the rules.

Safety Alert: Concussions and Cheerleaders

Cheerleading.jpgCheerleading is evolving into a more athletic and competitive sport for many schools, even though it used to be considered a sideline activity. Experts say concussions now top the list of injuries sustained by high school cheerleaders. One recent study shows that cheerleading ranks 18th-lowest out of 22 high school sports in terms of injury rate. But of all the sports studied, cheerleading ranked second - behind gymnastics - in the proportion of injuries that resulted in an athlete being benched for at least three weeks or for the entire season. The study, which examined data from a national high school sports injury surveillance system between 2009 and 2014 study published in the Journal for Pediatrics says 31% of cheerleading injuries are concussions. What's even scarier is that many cheerleaders don't report their injuries. However, the study says, concussion rates were significantly lower in cheerleading (with 2.2 per 10,000 athlete-exposures) than all other high school sports combined (3.8 per 10,000 exposures) and all other girls' sports combined (2.7 per 10,000 exposures).

Bicycle Safety Tips

Bicycle Safety.jpgEvery year in the United States, bicycle-related deaths number about 900 and emergency rooms treat almost 500,000 people for bicycle-related injuries, most to the head. Bike mishaps in the U.S. send more children to the ER than any other sport. Proper use of a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 88%. In Florida, children under the age of 16 riding a bike or as a passenger on a bike are required by law to wear a helmet.  Officer Caitlyn Anglin with the Lynn Haven Police Department told WJHG- Channel 7 that most of their accidents with children on bikes - the child is wearing their helmet which saved their live in certain cases. "It's illegal to have anyone on the bicycle anywhere but the seat," Anglin said. "If it's riding either in front of them of behind their head you can actually get a fine as the parent and the child for riding unsafely," she said. Riders need reflectors and lights in the front and back of their bikes that extend for at least 600 feet. Anglin said riders also need to be aware of the road rules. She said bikers need to ride with the flow of traffic. Riders must obey all traffic signs and lights. They can ride on the sidewalk so long as they are able to give audible warnings to other bikers and pedestrians. "They need to be following the flow of traffic and ride as far to the right hand side as they can," she said.

Parade Safety Tips

Parade Safety.jpgWe love a good parade here in Northwest Florida. There are Christmas parades, Mardi Gras parades, St. Patrick's Day parades and during the summer we have weekly parades to entertain those who come to visit the Emerald Coast. We thought it was prudent to put out some safety tips for parades, especially after reading about the tragedy that occurred this past weekend in New Orleans. According to WEAR, Channel 3, at least 12 people were critically injured when a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching a parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans. 21 people were hospitalized after the crash. Police say the suspect was taken into custody and is being investigated for driving while intoxicated.

Florida Panhandle car-pedestrian crashes now and in the future

Unfortunately, the roads in our part of Florida can be congested because of popular tourist destinations and the beautiful beaches of the Panhandle. Naturally, vacationers and locals alike are out and about in the sunny weather as pedestrians taking advantage of all our area has to offer. When motorists drive negligently or recklessly, they can tragically strike walkers and runners, causing injury, disability and even death.

Safety Alert: Is Your Car Seat Protecting Your Child Adequately?

car seat.jpgSeveral counties across the state are working to educate parents when it comes to installing a child car seat. Organizations are coming together to check car seats in parent's cars. They are also answering questions on how to install car seats. Officials with Healthy Start want to change that by informing parents about car seat safety. They are urging parents to pay close attention to their child's car seat. Taylor is the Special Programs coordinator at Healthy Start. He told Channel 7 WJHG, that parents should look for a seat that is structurally sound and installed properly so that it keeps the child in the seat in the event of a crash. Other helpful information that Taylor told Channel 7 was that many parents don't know important details about car seats like knowing that the seats have an expiration date. "Plastic is of course susceptible to the sun and it does break down," explained Taylor. "Another thing a lot of people don't understand is if the car seat's ever been in an accident its supposed to be replaced."

Safety Alert: Is Your Child Safely Restrained?

child-seat-safety-check.jpgDid you know how many child restraints in vehicles are used incorrectly? Anywhere from 72% to 84% of child restraints show critical misuses. The most common forms of misuse are using the wrong seat for the child's age and weight, loose safety belt attachment to the car seat and loose harness straps on the child. This is scary because another statistic says 96% of parents believe their child safety seats are installed correctly. Meanwhile these misuses increase a child's risk of injury during a crash.

Safety Alert: Forward-Collision And Lane-Departure Systems

safety-map.jpgAs advanced safety technology spreads throughout vehicle lineups, automakers and suppliers are getting broader feedback about their effectiveness. Two safety systems illustrate the varying results.

Safety Alert: Pokémon Go

pokemon-go-accidents-injuries.jpgMy social media has been blowing up lately all about this new game you can play on your phone called "Pokemon Go". According to the official website, the app allows you (the user) to "Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices. With Pokémon GO, you'll discover Pokémon in a whole new world-your own! Pokémon GO is built on Niantic's Real World Gaming Platform and will use real locations to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon. Pokémon GO allows you to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokémon as you explore your surroundings....Get on your feet and step outside to find and catch wild Pokémon. Explore cities and towns around where you live and even around the globe to capture as many Pokémon as you can. As you move around, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you're near a Pokémon. Once you've encountered a Pokémon, take aim on your smartphone's touch screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it. Be careful when you try to catch it, or it might run away"

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