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Ignition Interlocks – A Proven Means for Preventing Impaired Driving Re-Arrests

A car key next to a glass of beer A man decides it’s best to not have a drink in a restaurant with friends. He has to drive home, and since his arrest for driving while intoxicated (DWI) a few months ago, he’s had a court-ordered ignition interlock installed in his car. This device prevents the car from starting if there’s alcohol on his breath.
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Parents are the Key

parentsarethekey_teendriving.jpg A teenage boy learns to drive a car with his father in the passenger seat Every day, eight U.S. teens die in car crashes, the #1 killer of teens in America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is helping parents learn how to play a key role in keeping their young drivers safe on the road through its “Parents Are the Key” campaign.
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Help Your Kids Swim Safely This Summer: Drowning Prevention Tips

Cartoon image Keeping our children safe is a priority both inside and outside Keeping our children safe is a priority both inside and outside. Whether children are swimming at a home pool or in natural bodies of water, with friends or with famliy, water safety is always key. Two children 14 years and under die every day from drowning and it is the third leading cause of all deaths for children ages 1 to 4.
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No Texting Behind the Wheel

Woman texting while driving Ice cream and apple pie? Great mix. Texting and driving. Not a good mix. Sure, learning to drive is one of life’s great milestones. Cell phones and other electronic technologies have also enhanced our lives with the speed and ease of retrieving information as well as staying connected. However, some things are just not supposed to mix.
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The Lystedt Law: A Concussion Survivor’s Journey

A family poses for a picture at a reunion Zack Lystedt Although most people with a concussion fully recover, for some the effects of this injury can last weeks, months or longer. Concussions, a type of traumatic brain injury, are all serious. That is why the choices we make immediately following a concussion can decide life or death or whether an injured athlete will see a full recovery and return to play. The state of Washington stepped in to help make this choice clearer for coaches, parents and athletes.
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Play It Safe When It Comes To Concussions

HEADS_UPLogo.jpg More than 38 million boys and girls, ages 5-18, participate in organized youth sports across the country. And while sports can be a fun way to socialize and instill values such as teamwork, physical activity can also mean potential injuries.
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Kids And Technology: Tips for Parents in a High-Tech World

Photo: Hand holding a cell phone Although children may not want to admit it, the school year is here. Parents know that back to school means a packed planner filled with everything from recitals to parent-teacher conferences. As time gets stretched, parents and children may talk less and fall back on timesavers, like notes or text messages.
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Pool Chemical Safety: Protect Yourself from Injuries

swimming pool Swimming is the second most popular sports activity in the United States, with hundreds of millions of swimming visits each year. To help protect swimmers’ health, pool chemicals are added to the water at aquatics venues, such as pools, water parks, and interactive fountains. These chemicals are used to stop bacteria, viruses, and parasites from spreading from one person to another. However, when not safely handled, these same chemicals that help protect us from germs can cause injuries.
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Keep Safe Both In and Out of the Car

A couple in a car Motor vehicles add convenience to our lives. What is unfortunate is that motor vehicle crashes can—and do—happen. Across the globe, 1.27 million people die in traffic crashes each year. What’s more, nearly half of those who die (46 percent) are pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Status Report on Road Safety.
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