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Get ready to move over for more emergency vehicles in New York

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In New York, traffic is inevitable - just another part of life in the city. But congested roads are more than just an inconvenience. They're also dangerous when they prevent emergency responders from performing efficiently. When emergency vehicles are prevented from traveling and stopping safely, it puts their workers and their patients at risk.

Police officers, firefighters and EMTs put their bodies on the line every day to keep our city as safe as possible. To help them do their jobs and minimize their risk of injury, New York State law requires that other drivers move over when an emergency vehicle is stopped at the side of the road. Do you know all the vehicles that you should be making room for?

Fewer inspections = more construction deaths in New York

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Safety experts have been saying it for years: When there are fewer inspections of work sites, there will be more accidents. According to a new report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health, construction sites in New York are no exception.

Amid a drop in safety inspections in New York state (from 2,722 in 2011 to 1,966 in 2015), workplace incidents involving injury or death jumped from 128 to 435 in the same time period. Fatalities in the city rose from 17 in 2011 to 25 in 2015.

Train derails in Brooklyn, injuring 76

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If you noticed a delay during your morning commute, it may have had something to do with a safety incident at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal. At the height of rush hour this morning, a Long Island Rail Road train derailed at the transit hub, injuring at least 76 people.

According to NBC New York, the train plowed into track 6 at Atlantic Terminal at 8:30 this morning. Many commuters complained of neck, back and head injuries, though most were fairly minor and treated at the scene.

Take these 5 steps to safely interact with new dogs

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Avoid bites and keep yourself safe with these tips

Virtually no one is immune to the charm of a cute dog, and we've all felt the urge to run up to a strange puppy and start showering it with attention. However, approaching a dog in that way can provoke aggressive behavior and even compromise your safety. Dog bites can be extremely dangerous, sometimes causing severe injuries or even death.

Knowing how to approach a strange dog properly can help you avoid bites and keep your loved ones safe. Read on to learn five important tips for a positive encounter with a new dog.

5 tips for safe holiday road trips

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With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it's almost time to load up the car and hit the road to visit loved ones. But how can you avoid ending up stranded in the snow or, even worse, seriously injured? Review the tips below and take some easy steps to ensure your holiday travels are safe, healthy and happy.

  • Keep your car running at its best... -- We've all done it. Sometimes life gets hectic or bills pile up and you find yourself putting off that oil change for longer than you should. However, keeping up with maintenance is important, especially when you have a big trip planned. If your car has issues that you can't fix in time, consider a rental.

Keep these dangerous baby products out of your home

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Protect your child. Know which baby products could be unsafe.

As any new parent knows, worrying about your baby's safety can feel like a full-time job. Unfortunately, even the most cautious and diligent parents cannot protect their children from everything. Too often, negligent manufacturers release baby products that can pose real dangers.

You've baby-proofed your home and done everything you can to make things safe for your little one. Take a moment to make sure these dangerous baby products aren't putting your child at risk:

Takata Defective Airbag Recall

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Yesterday both Toyota and Nissan separately announced recalls of their vehicles that had potentially defective airbags installed.  Collectively the automakers recalled nearly seven million vehicles worldwide, with approximately half a million from the US alone.  This new batch of recalls falls on top of the existing Takata Corp recall of twenty-five million vehicles worldwide.  The recalls have been called in the wake of six deaths associated with airbag explosions.  Toyota reported that the defect appeared to involve moisture leaking into the airbag containment area, making the inflators prone to unstable deployment.

Baby Furniture Recalls, Update

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On May 8th, the manufacture Baby Dreams has announced baby furniture recalls including their cribs and accessories.  Specifically, any furniture pieces that have been finished with a vintage grey paint.  The lead levels in the paint exceed federal lead regulations, posing serious health hazards if ingested.

What do I do if a dog bites?

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  1. Call 911 immediately
  2. Collect the owner's contact information
  3. If the dog appears not to have an owner, seek out anyone that may recognize the dog
  4. Tend to the bite properly, via medical assistance or otherwise
  5. Contact your medical provider to determine coverage for treatment
  6. Report the bite to the DOH (Department of Health)

Dog bites must be reported within 24 hours of the incident. You must report the incident to the DOH by completing this form: VPHS 55 - EGP. The future of the animal and it's owner depends on the investigation of the DOHMH (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene).

Crane Accident Kills 1

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On April 24th, the New York Daily News reported that a crane had collapsed at 11:44 am.  A worker had been attempting to fix a part of the crane's hydraulic system when a hose burst, which ultimately caused the crane to collapse.  The accident occurred on the construction site for the posh Even hotel.  There have been complaints about safety on site, and the city had issued two partial stays of the construction.  Those, however, were dropped by the New York Department of Buildings.

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