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A reminder for New York pedestrians: Follow the rules of the road

The streets of Long Island are crowded. The streets of New York City are crowded. Whether you're a pedestrian or a driver, they're tough to navigate, aren't they?

It doesn't hurt to be reminded every so often about the rules of the road as a pedestrian to help keep you safe. Here are some pedestrian-safety tips, courtesy of the state of New York.

  • Wear clothing that has reflective materials to help drivers see you if you're walking at night or in poor weather.
  • At night, cross the street in areas with good lighting. Carrying a flashlight would help.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to make sure they see you when you're crossing the street.
  • Use sidewalks, where available. Walk facing traffic if there isn't a sidewalk.
  • Impairment affects your judgment and increases your chances of being hit by a car. Stay sober.
  • If you see a driver distracted by a cellphone, don't cross the street. They might not be paying attention to you.

Discovering and ending nursing home abuse and neglect

The atrocities that occur in some nursing homes are ones that no resident should ever have to endure. Sometimes, the people who are living in these horrible conditions don't speak up because they don't want to cause problems. They might think they are burdens and don't feel like bringing up complaints.

The trouble with this is that nursing home abuse and negligence can lead to health problems and even death. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you must be prepared to advocate for them. This might help them to avoid having to deal with traumatic situations that stem from substandard or abusive care.

What to do if you spot a drunk driver

Even if you personally understand how important it is to avoid drinking and driving, you should never assume that every other driver will take the same level of care. Despite the safety risks and potential for serious criminal charges, there will always be people who drink and drive.

Here are the three steps you should take if you spot an impaired driver:

  • Keep a safe distance: You should never attempt to follow the person, stop their vehicle or get their attention. Keep away from the vehicle so you don't put yourself in harm's way.
  • Gather information: This includes the license plate number, make and model of the car or truck, its color and any distinguishing features. Again, you should never put your safety at risk while trying to gather this information.
  • Call 911: If you're able to safely do so using a hands free device, call 911 to report the driver. If it's unsafe to make the call while driving, stop your vehicle and then pick up your phone. Provide the dispatcher with the details you've gathered, as well as what you're seeing and the person's exact location.

Take care not to give dangerous toys this holiday season

As you hit the mall to finish up that last-minute holiday shopping for all the special kids in your life, you'll want to check the annual report of dangerous toys from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

The report, called "Trouble in Toyland," details dangers that could be awaiting your children. The group released the report last month after testing 40 toys that were thought to be potentially hazardous. In all, 15 were found to present dangers to kids.

There are many safety hazards on construction sites

When you think about construction site deaths and catastrophic industries, what comes to mind? Most people answer falls from height, building site collapses or some kind of mechanical failures that put workers in harm's way.

But in reality, construction sites are inherently dangerous workplaces, and disasters and even deaths can occur abruptly without any warning. Consider this tragic case that occurred a few years ago across the river in New Jersey.

Follow this guide to stay safe on New York roads this holiday

There's a lot going on during the December holidays. New York can see snow and other winter hazards. Combine the seasonal bustle with the possibility of poor driving conditions, and the chance of accidents in what should be the most joyous time of the year is a reality.

This year, make it your pre-New Year's resolution to avoid the following hazards:

2 supervisors indicted after injuries to New York workers

Two men have been indicted on criminal charges in connection with a construction accident that left two workers with life-changing injuries.

The two men who were indicted were crew bosses who instructed employees to use a rented crane at a New York City job site without properly training them, authorities said.

Malnutrition and dehydration are serious issues in nursing homes

Senior citizens in nursing homes should be able to count on the staff members to help keep them safe. Many people who work in these facilities do their best to make sure the residents are taken care of and they enjoy working with them.

Unfortunately, there are some who don't do this. They are only in the business for a paycheck. This makes them very dangerous because they can put the residents at risk.

FDA moves to prohibit lead in hair dyes

Dangers can lurk in many different products. This includes cosmetic products. For one, there can be the potential for such goods to contain harmful chemicals. This is one of the reasons why individuals may want to take a careful look at the ingredients list of the cosmetic products they are considering buying.

Dangerous chemicals in consumer goods can create risks for a range of different health problems. It is important to note that individuals harmed by chemicals in cosmetic products here in New York may have routes for pursuing compensation through the civil legal system.

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