One of the greatest dangers that people face, all over Michigan, comes from car accidents. As common as driving is, it's one of the riskiest activities you can ever engage in, taking tens of thousands of American lives every year.
Dog bites can range from a small but painful nip on the ankle by a Chihuahua protecting its home or person to a devastating attack by a large, strong dog. Recently, here in Michigan, a pit bull at the Oakland County Animal Shelter that had been removed from its home and placed in quarantine after reportedly biting people, attacked an employee so aggressively that she ended up in the hospital with muscle damage requiring surgery.
We all know that even seemingly minor falls can be more dangerous for older people than younger ones. Older people are more likely to fall for a number of reasons. If you have a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you count on the staff there to do everything possible to minimize your family member's risk of falling.
This time of year, we can't always find a parking space close to the building we're going into. We may have to walk some distance. If it's dark, snow is coming down around us or we're juggling multiple packages, it can be difficult to see every car that's pulling out from their parking space around us. Too often, the driver doesn't see us.
Even consumers who follow the news closely can't be aware of every product recall that impacts them and their family. People often assume that when companies or the government recall products due to safety issues, they are immediately removed from shelves and online inventories. While that's the way things should ideally work, it doesn't always happen.
The blogger who is credited with inventing the concept of gender-reveal parties over a decade ago lamented recently that they've become a "dangerous trend." As the events have become increasingly more spectacular (largely because people are trying to create the next social media viral sensation), they've given rise to serious damage, injuries and at least one fatality.
Amid growing concerns about the dangers of inclined sleepers for infants, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced action that would take many of the sleepers off the market. The announcement comes after nearly 60 infant deaths have been blamed on them.
We love seeing snowplows when they're clearing the streets in and around our neighborhood so that we can get out after a massive snowstorm. However, we grumble when we're stuck behind one on the highway or another road.
You've ridden as a passenger on a friend's snowmobile once or twice, but this is going to be the winter you rent or buy your own. It's fun and exciting, but it can also be dangerous if you aren't careful -- or if others on the trail aren't. This past January, five snowmobilers were killed in one day throughout four counties here in Michigan.
If you've been involved in a crash with a driver who was drunk or impaired by drugs, it may seem like that person came out of nowhere. Perhaps they ran a red light or merged into your lane without warning. They may have been speeding and crashed into you before you could get out of the way.