BWG Consumer Alert: November 2011
Heat Safely This Winter
In the Northeast, as the days get shorter and the leaves start to fall, many people begin to think about home heating. We all want to make the best and safest decisions for our families. That means careful planning and having a good understanding of your heating device. This is important because heating equipment is the second-leading cause of home fires and the third-leading cause of home fire deaths
in the United States. Here, our Massachusetts personal injury lawyers
offer safety tips:
Always check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every month to make sure they are working. Change the batteries twice a year when you set the clocks back and ahead for Daylight Saving Time. This is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your family. It is important whether you own your home or rent an apartment.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of every five home fire deaths are in homes with no smoke alarms or smoke alarms which are not working. When smoke alarms do not work, the cause is often missing or disconnected batteries.
Breakstone, White & Gluck Honored as Super Lawyers by Boston Magazine
Breakstone, White & Gluck announces its Boston personal injury lawyers
have been recognized as 2011 Super Lawyers by Boston Magazine
. It is the eighth consecutive year the firm's lawyers have been honored. Click here
to read how attorneys Marc L. Breakstone, Ronald E. Gluck and David W. White were recognized.
Safe Travel During Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
Thanksgiving is a special time of year when friends and family gather for tasty food and spirited conversation. And as everybody knows, it is the busiest travel time of the year. Safe driving starts, of course, with everybody wearing their seat belt. Then, make sure everyone plans to be a little patient on the ride. Here are a couple of other tips for driving safely and avoiding car accidents:
Plan Travel Times
The Wednesday before the holiday and Sunday following are the busiest travel days. If possible, plan to travel at other times. Massachusetts Travel Information
Check your local news and visit websites such as Massachusetts 511 website and SmartTraveler for information about car accidents
and road conditions before you travel.Put Your Cell Phones Away
Keep cell phones out of the driver's hands. Talking on the phone and texting while driving
are especially dangerous when the roads are busy. Drowsy Driving
Drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 car crashes
each year, resulting in 40,000 injuries
and 1,550 deaths
. Rest up before driving and pull off the road if you feel yourself getting drowsy while driving and stop your car.Slow Down
Expect to have to travel below the speed limit in heavy traffic and make sure not to follow other vehicles too closely.
Plan Travel Breaks
While you may want to just reach your destination in the shortest amount of time, the reality is you may be on the road for a while. As a driver, you want to avoid getting fatigued because it increases your chance for an accident. So plan to take a few travel breaks.