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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Injury Prevention for Children in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 28

Keeping children safe is a priority of parenting and many jobs involving youth care and services. While the bumps, bruises, and scrapes any curious child typically receives are unavoidable,  there are instances of larger danger you can help prevent. From September 1 – 7, National   …Continue Reading Injury Prevention for Children in Massachusetts

Campus Fire Safety Month Posted on Aug 27

Campus Fire Safety Month

Summer is coming to an end and a new school year is about to begin. As students return to campus and off-campus apartments across Massachusetts, the state designates September Campus Fire Safety Month. Through fire safety education, the Commonwealth aims to reduce occurrences of fire   …Continue Reading Campus Fire Safety Month

Motorcycle Safety Posted on Aug 26

Motorcycle Safety

Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling and enjoyable experience. In order to prevent injury or accidents, it’s important to abide by Massachusetts law and practice motorcycle safety. Massachusetts strives to reduce the number of motorcycle-related fatalities and injuries in the Commonwealth. Obtaining a Motorcycle   …Continue Reading Motorcycle Safety

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Programs Posted on Aug 21

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Programs

There’s truly no place like home. That’s why the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) supports low-income families, people living with special needs, or others in need of financial assistance with affordable housing options in Massachusetts. Families or individuals looking for affordable housing   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Affordable Housing Programs

Massachusetts Fair and Safe Labor Practices Posted on Aug 20

Massachusetts Fair and Safe Labor Practices

Every Massachusetts employee is entitled to workplace rights that are protected under state labor laws. The Office of the Attorney General (AGO) and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) advocate for Massachusetts worker rights through the following practices and programs: Child Labor/   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Fair and Safe Labor Practices

The Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Arbitration Program Posted on Aug 19

The Home Improvement Contractor Arbitration Program promotes speedy, efficient, and fair resolutions to disputes between homeowners and registered contractors and/or subcontractors regarding home improvements. It is part of the Home Improvement Contractor Act, which became Massachusetts law in 1992. Is Arbitration Right for You? Ask   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Arbitration Program

Staying Safe with Hazardous Waste Posted on Aug 14

Hazardous waste exists in liquid, solid, gas, and sludge form, and can be harmful to both your health and the environment. While we commonly think of chemical plants and factories as the sources of such waste, certain hazardous materials can be found in many Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Staying Safe with Hazardous Waste

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 13

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over in Massachusetts

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 30 people die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one such death every 48 minutes in the United States. Driving under the influence puts the person   …Continue Reading Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over in Massachusetts

Back to School Safety Tips for Parents Posted on Aug 12

Back to School Safety Tips for Parents

With the end of summer vacation just around the corner, students and parents alike begin to prepare for the upcoming school year. While kids are probably more concerned with making the last days of summer count, parents want to make sure their child is not   …Continue Reading Back to School Safety Tips for Parents

Suicide Prevention Resources in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 7

Massachusetts is constantly seeking to raise awareness about suicide prevention. In 2011, 588 Massachusetts residents died by suicide. Since then, the Commonwealth has created the Massachusetts Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention. The Department of Public Health (DPH) offers a number of programs and resources to   …Continue Reading Suicide Prevention Resources in Massachusetts