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Private fireworks illegal in Bellevue

The City of Bellevue seeks to remind residents that private fireworks are not legal in the following Eastside communities and within the areas served by the Bellevue Fire Department including:

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  • Beaux Arts Village
  • Clyde Hill
  • Hunts Point
  • Medina
  • Newcastle
  • Yarrow Point

Fireworks include items that involve flame s or sparks, flies and /or explodes.

The City of Bellevue has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of injuries and in property damages since the fireworks ban.

The State Fire Marshall announced that in 2011 throughout the State there were 264 fireworks-caused fires including 89 residential fires.

People who use fireworks in a negligent or reckless manner or where they are prohibited can be charged with a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or even a felony. Possession of illegal explosive devices such as M-80’s or homemade or altered devices is both a state and a federal offense.

Bellevue 4th of July Fireworks

Bellevue will host a 4th of Juluy celebration in downtown park between 2-10pm with a fireworks display at 10:05pm. Newcastle has a fireworks show at 10pm at Lake Boren. For more information see Bellevue 4th of July Fireworks Celebrations.
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Important Recall Notice for Washington Parents

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces that Kolcraft enterprises has recalled approximately 36,000 Contours Options three and four-wheeled strollers because of reports of fingertip amputations to children and injuries to adults who used the strollers.

The problem with the stroller is the locking and unlocking hinge mechanism which adjusts the handlebars on the strollers.

Kolcraft and the CPSC issued the recall after they received report of three children who suffered a fingertip amputations and two adults who suffered either a crush injury or laceration while using the stroller.

The strollers, which were manufactured in China, were sold through children’s specialty stores and through online retailers including Amazon.com, Target.com, and ToysRUs. com between January 2006 and January 2012.

Consumers should stop using the product until they receive a free repair kit from the Kolcraft.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Kolcraft at (800) 453-7673 between 8 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday
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Last year, the CPSC issued a recall of approximately 1 million Maclaren Strollers after similar injuries. This recall was issued after 149 incidents involving the strollers including 12 fingertip lacerations., 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.kolcraft.com
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If you want to keep your teenage driver safe and lessen their chance of being involved in a motor vehicle accident, you might consider having your teen drive the family’s large SUV, minivan or large car instead of letting them drive a motorcycle, sports car or a mini car. There are two factors operating here:bellevue car accident lawyer

  1. SUV’s and other large vehicles crash less regardless of who is driving. SUV’s are also equipped with electronic stability control (ESC) which reduces collision claims by overall by 18 percent.
  2. Teens tend to drive a sports car or motorcycle too fast and they tend to show off when driving those vehicles.

A Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) study compared the incident of motor vehicle accidents between two groups: 16-19 year old teenage drivers and 35-60 year old “prime-age” drivers. The study revealed some startling facts:

  • Teenage drivers of super sport motorcycles had motorcycle accident claims at the rate of 27.4 per 100 insured vehicle years which is more than 4 times the accident rate of the prime-age driver group.
  • Teenager drivers of sport motorcycles had an accident claim rate of 14.5 versus 5.3 for prime-age drivers.
  • Teen age drivers of mid-size sports cars had double the accident claim rate than prime age drivers with 14.9 claims versus 2.5 claims per 100 insured vehicle years.
  • Teen age drivers of mini cars and small cars had double the car accident claims than that of prime age drivers.
  • Teen age drivers who drive large and very large SUVS have almost the equivalent car accident claims as prime age drivers.

Starting in 2012, all passenger vehicles will be equipped with electronic stability control (ESC) which should reduce collision rates overall.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.
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Cellphone and loud music are a distraction when we’re driving, that’s common knowledge at this point. But there are more people on the road than just drivers, and these pedestrians and cyclists are also prone to distracting gadgets.

This point is reinforced by a new study published in The Journal of Injury Prevention. Researchers from the University of Maryland examined pedestrian-car accident profiles over the last six years, and found that injury rates tripled for people wearing headphones. This alarmed researchers, who noted that it is a limited study but also saw the data as cause for further investigation.

Richard Lichenstein, M.D. was the lead author of the study, and put it this way: “Everybody is aware of the risk of cell phones and texting in automobiles, but I see more and more teens distracted with the latest devices and headphones in their ears.”

Dr. Lichenstein makes a good point, though it’s based on anecdotal evidence. Consider all of the times you’ve seen a young person bumping around the sidewalk or crossing an intersection while looking at a phone and listening to headphones. Lichenstein’s study supports his eye-ball test. Of the 116 reported deaths or injuries that he tracked, the majority of victims were male and younger than 30. Most strikingly, 74 percent of the cases stated that the victim was wearing headphones at the time of the crash.

The primary flaw of the relatively small study was that the source of most of the information came from media reports, which is not the most reliable source. That being the case, researchers were careful not to put too much stock in the specifics of the data, instead presenting the study as a means of highlighting the issue of pedestrian distraction itself.

Just like driving safety, children are taught how to move safely around the streets from a young age. What we learn to look both ways before crossing the street and to always use our ears to inform us of what’s going on around us. More simply, to use our eyes and ears at all times. But handheld devices–and especially devices that engage eyes and ears with headphones-can dramatically impair those senses.

Comparisons have been drawn between distracted and drunk driving. Perhaps an appropriate parallel to distracted walking is public intoxication. But unlike drunk driving, not since prohibition has public intoxication been a hot button national issue. It’s simply hard envision a person walking around on his or her phone ever being viewed as a public evil like distracted driving. That’s because young people like those the study found were more likely to be involved in a headphones-related accident don’t use cellphones as a communication device. It’s a connection to the virtual self where we store information, entertainment and of course our entire social network. But no matter how connected to our devices we become, our bodies stay in the here and now of the physical world, where crosswalks, cars and unexpected dangers remain.

The solution may be as simple as parents and teachers integrating an awareness of just how distracting mp3 players and cell phone applications can be into the routine lessons about looking both ways. As the researches pointed out, a thorough investigation into the dangers that these devices can pose to pedestrians can help us all understand what needs to be done.
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Did you know that you can register your child safety seat so that you are notified if the seat is subject to recall?

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration requires manufacturers to notify registered owners by mail if their child seat has been recalled including infant seats, boosters seats and child seats.

Some manufacturers allow you to register via their web-sites. If you prefer or if you do not know how to register, the NHTSA can register your seat for you using a Child Restraint Registration Form found on the NHTSA web-site.

You can choose to either e-mail the form in or mail via U.S. Postal Service to the following address:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation Correspondence Research Division (NVS-216)
Room W48-301 1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E.
Washington, DC 20590 Fax: (202) 366-1767 E-mail: childseatregister@dot.gov

You can find the information regarding manufacturer, model number and serial number on a label which can be found on the seat.

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For more information see the NHTSA web-page, “Register your Child Restraint.
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Every year, thousands of people suffer a burn injury in Washington State. The Center for Disease Control cites fire and burns injuries as the 5th leading cause of accidental death. Nearly half of those that suffer a burn injury are children under the age of four years old.

People suffer burn injuries in a variety of different ways: car fires, building fires, explosions, scalds, shocks, gas explosion, candles, fireplace and outdoor fire pit accidents, and fireworks accidents are just some of the ways that people are injured.

Burn injuries can be extremely painful and the skilled care in treating someone for a burn injury is often at a trauma center. Serious burn injuries usually require multiple surgeries, skin grafts and afterwards require lengthy rehabilitation.

The burn injury victim needs the support of family and friends to overcome the physical and emotional trauma of a burn injury. There are many support groups for burn victims and their families which can help support the burn survivor with love and acceptance as they recover from their injury and re-enter society.

There are also a couple of summer camps in the greater Seattle area especially for burn injured children. Camp Phoenix in Everett Washington and the Northwest Burn Foundation Summer Camp in Seattle are two fine programs that support children. The camps provide a lot of fun for children, a chance to socialize and also provide counseling.

Often in the case of a burn injury there are legal matters to attend to and insurance claims to be made. A burn injury attorney can be an important support person for the family of a burn victim. When the injury was due to a defective product or the negligence of another, the victim has a legal right to seek compensation for damages which would include rehabilitation, loss of salary or future salary and compensation for pain and suffering. Personal injury attorneys that specialize in burn injury cases will work be an advocate for the burn victim and their family.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered serious burn injuries and their families.

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The Children’s Safe Products Act which went In effect this week and requires manufacturers of designated baby and toy products to report to the Washington State Depart of Ecology if a product contains one of 66 chemicals on the state’s list of chemicals which may not be safe for children.

The products include toys and other products which a child or baby would place in their mouth or would be next to a child’s skin.

The state’s list contains chemicals including Formaldehyde, aniline, n-Nitrosodimethylamine, n-Butanol, Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Acetaldehyde, Menthylene chloride, Carbon disufide, Biesphenol A, to name a few.

These chemicals have been found to be either toxic or present in blood, breast milk, or tissue samples. While the presence of these chemicals does not necessarily mean they are harmful to children, the Law seeks to minimize the risk of exposure to children and the environment.

The Children’s Safe Product Act, also known as CSPA, and is set forth in Chapter 70.240 of the Revised Code of Washington. One section of the outlaw strictly prohibits the manufacture and sale of children’s product containing lead, cadmium or phthlates. In the past few years we have seen some children’s products, especially those manufactured in China, coming into the American market with these chemicals and they have been the subject of recalls.

The new reporting act that just went into effect requires manufacturer’s of children’s products that contain one of the 66 chemicals on the state’s list, to report the chemical, its purpose, and the amount used. If the reporting is not done, the manufacturer can be fined up to $5,000 for each violation. The law will be phased in over a period of time with manufacturers with gross sales of over a billion dollars to begin the reporting by next August.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured or sickened by defective or dangerous products. Washington’s product liability act takes a consumer-friendly approach for those injured by defective or dangerous products, allowing the injured to seek compensation via a civil action.

Source: Children’s Safe Products Act, Department of Ecology, State of Washington

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Child safety experts are warning people who use transdermal medication that they must exercise caution when using the patches around children after one small child nearly died after getting a hold of one of his grandparent’s patches containing the drug fentanyl, a strong opioid.
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While there is no source of complete statistics on the injuries to children because of contact with transdermal patches, records show that at least four children have died and six children were hospitalized after contact with fentanyl patches.

While transdermal patches containing powerful pain killers are probably the most dangerous, other patches can also be dangerous including nitroglycerin patches which could cause life-threatening hart problems or Nicotine patches which could cause rapid breathing and even seizures.

Medication Safety Tips

The following safety tips should be adhered to to keep children safe:

  • Safely store medication patches in the same way you would other drugs.
  • Dispose of patches where children can not pull them out of waste cans and adhere them. They can be placed in child proof containers before being discarded.
  • For pain patches, the patches should be folded with the sticky sides together and flushed down the toilet.
  • Keep track of patches because they can get stuck to clothing or fall of where children might pick them up.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of another and the family of those killed.
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Macy’s Inc. has been fined $750,000 by the federal government after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety commission accused the company of continuing to sell children’s garments with drawstrings at the neck including sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets, after they had been recalled.

In 2006, the CPSC issued guidelines prohibiting the use of drawstrings on children’s upper outwear because they pose a strangling or entanglement risk and can lead to deaths and injuries when they get caught on playground equipment, cribs or on vehicle doors. Between 1985 and 1999, the CPSC received reports of 22 accidental deaths and 48 non-fatal accidents involving children’s drawstring clothing. The CPSC declared that such clothing is defective.

Macy’s apparently sold the clothing between 2006 and 2010 at their stores including Bloomingdale’s and Robinsons-May. Macy’s denied knowingly violating the law which requires distributors to report within 24 hours after obtaining information that a product is defective and could pose a hazard.

Washington state has as Products Liability Act which describes the legal set of rules concerning responsibility for the sale and manufacture of dangerous products to consumers, allowing an injured person to recover damages.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to defective products and the family of those killed.

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The Chemical & Engineering News just posted an investigation into the fire retardant chemicals used in baby products and found that they expose infants to higher levels or toxins than acceptable.

The study done by Heather Stapleton of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment tested baby products including car seats, changing table pads, mattresses, sleep positioners and nursing pillows and found that tris (1,3-dichloroisopropyl) phosphate (TDCPP)  was found in 36% of the products. The study found that babies risk more than the acceptable daily intake levels of TDCPP as recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

1 in 10 nursing pillows tested positive for , tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), which is a compound that may cause cancer.

Flame retardants are chemical compounds used to inhibit the spread of fire. Almost all Americans test positive for traces of flame retardants as they are in appliances, computers and microwaves. Babies, however, test positive at a higher rate than adults and may be more susceptible to the bad effects of flame retardants.

In the past few years, some products such as strollers and nursing pillows are exempt from fire safety standards and some manufacturers are making products without chemical flame retardants.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a Seattle product liability law firm and we represent people who have been seriously injured due to dangerous and defective products.

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