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What Is the Abused Person’s Notice of Rights? Posted on Oct 7

Domestic abuse can be sexual, physical, and emotional, and affects people of all ages and backgrounds. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you aren’t alone. A 2010 report on intimate partner violence by the National Center for Injury Prevention and   …Continue Reading What Is the Abused Person’s Notice of Rights?

The Importance of Working Smoke Alarms Posted on Sep 29

The Importance of Working Smoke Alarms

This is a guest blog post from the Department of Fire Services. No one thinks a fire will happen in their own home, but in 2014 in Massachusetts, there were more than 28,000 fires, which caused 54 civilian deaths, 308 civilian injuries, 437 firefighter injuries,   …Continue Reading The Importance of Working Smoke Alarms

Make a Plan to Be Prepared for Emergencies Posted on Sep 16

Make a Plan to Be Prepared for Emergencies

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Disasters can happen at any time. Over the last several years, Massachusetts has experienced tropical storms, tornadoes, blizzards, power outages, water system failures, and an act of terrorism. To promote the importance of   …Continue Reading Make a Plan to Be Prepared for Emergencies

Crosswalk Safety for Parents and Children Posted on Sep 2

Crosswalk Safety for Parents and Children

According to the Department of Public Health (DPH), pedestrian injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children in Massachusetts. Additionally, three crossing guards have been fatally struck while on the job in the past seven years. Drivers and parents should be   …Continue Reading Crosswalk Safety for Parents and Children

Road Safety Tips for Massachusetts Drivers Posted on Sep 1

Road Safety Tips for Massachusetts Drivers

Whether you drive every day to work or only occasionally, everyone can use a refresher on the rules of the road once in a while. Construction, heavy traffic, stress, fatigue, and more can make even the most cautious drivers take risks. The Massachusetts Department of   …Continue Reading Road Safety Tips for Massachusetts Drivers

StormSmart Coasts: Protect Your Home from Storm Damage Posted on Aug 27

StormSmart Coasts: Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

If you live on the Massachusetts coast, awareness about storm hazards such as flooding, erosion, and other challenges is key to protecting your property and staying safe. The Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) provides information, strategies, and tools through the StormSmart Coasts program to   …Continue Reading StormSmart Coasts: Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

Motorcycle Safety in Massachusetts — On and Off the Road Posted on Aug 18

Motorcycle Safety in Massachusetts — On and Off the Road

On average, motorcyclists who wear helmets have a 29 percent better chance of surviving a crash than those who do not. Although riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, knowing the rules of the road and practicing motorcycle safety will help you have a   …Continue Reading Motorcycle Safety in Massachusetts — On and Off the Road

How to Have a Safe Summer in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 28

How to Have a Safe Summer in Massachusetts

After a long snowy winter, it’s no surprise that Massachusetts residents are enjoying the warmer weather — but as you dive into summer activities, make sure you’re doing them safely. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Department of Public Health (DPH), and Department   …Continue Reading How to Have a Safe Summer in Massachusetts

Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm Posted on Jul 23

Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). While the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, historically the most active time for tropical storms and hurricanes in the Northern Atlantic is August to October. As such,   …Continue Reading Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

Boat Smart from the Start Posted on May 19

Boat Smart from the Start

The simple act of wearing a flotation device can save a life. According to a 2013 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recreational boating report, in fatal boating accidents where the victims drowned, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. First-time boaters should learn safe practices   …Continue Reading Boat Smart from the Start