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Some Tips and Tricks for Halloween Safety

Halloween is a great opportunity to spend time with family, get creative, provide children with healthy snacks, and participate in physical activity.  Being mindful of potential dangers can allow a safe and fun holiday for everybody.  Thomas Law Offices encourages every parent to be cautious of their child’s safety this Halloween season.  Here are some tips to help keep your child safe:

Decorate light-colored costumes and bags with reflective tape.  Avoid covering your child from head-to-toe in dark fabrics and use plenty of reflective materials that will help make your child more visible to passing cars.  Carrying a glow stick or flashlight will also help your child be seen by drivers.

Halloween Fun Facts and Homemade Crafts

It’s almost Halloween! We’ve decided to take a slight break from our normal posting routine and post a few Halloween-themed articles that focus on safe, family fun. Let’s start today by looking at the origins of the holiday and of trick-or-treating. Here are some facts you may not know about our favorite ghoul-filled holiday:

The History of Halloween

Halloween — it’s a strange name for an even stranger holiday but the name itself actually reveals a lot about the holiday’s origins. Halloween’s oldest iteration is found in an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. The Celts believed on the night of the festival the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead was thinned and ghosts roamed the earth. When Christians came and colonized the Celts’ homeland, they feared the festival’s implications. They replaced the pagan Samhain with a Christianized version of the holiday called All Saint’s or All Hallows Day on November 1. The night before this Christian holiday became known as All Hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

Are Your Loved Ones Being Abused?

Elders in nursing homes have certain rights. Under Kentucky law, those rights include — but are not limited to — the right to be treated with dignity and respect; the right to privacy, confidentiality, and personal possessions; the right to receive or refuse visitors; the right to be informed of their rights, as well as facility regulations; the right to participate in their own care; and, of course, the right to present grievances and file complaints without reprisal.

Cut-and-dry as those rights are, half a million seniors experience elder abuse every year. Abuse might be physical, evidenced by bruises, burns, scars, or broken bones. It might also be emotional. In many cases, elders are humiliated and degraded in disreputable nursing homes. Elders can also be forced or misled into providing personal information, leading to identity theft and other kinds of financial abuse. And while uncommon, sexual abuse is present in some facilities.

Raising Teen Driver Awareness with “5 to Drive” Campaign

This week’s a big week for driving safety advocates around the United States. It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week and Operation Safe Driver Week. As a Louisville, Kentucky legal practice that’s passionate about keeping our local roadways as safe as possible, we felt this week was the perfect time to discuss the importance of both campaigns.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week is a campaign to put an end to unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle drivers as well as passenger vehicle drivers. During the week of October 16-22nd, law enforcement agencies throughout all of North America will take part in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed to combat unsafe driving behaviors.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is a campaign that was started by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During the week of October 16th-22nd, parents and educators around the nation will do everything they can to encourage young drivers to prioritize safety while behind the wheel. This encouragement can take the form of educational activities and pamphlets or individual conversations we can each have with the teenagers in our lives.

Hyland’s Teething Tablets Linked to Ten Child Deaths

Ten deaths and 400 adverse events have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involving children who have taken Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets, a small, white, quick dissolving tablet that contains ingredients used to soothe the pain and soreness occurring when children are getting their baby teeth.  Side effects including fever, lethargy, vomiting, sleepiness, tremors, shortness of breath, irritability, and agitation have been reported in children over the past six years.

The FDA is currently reviewing the cases of the ten deaths that claim to be linked to using the drug.  During this time, they have warned caregivers to stop using the products and take their child to a doctor immediately if the child experiences problems.  Production of the product has been discontinued in the United States and inventory has been pulled from the shelves in popular drugstore chains such as Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy.   Currently, there is no official recall issued on the products.







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