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Two homes were destroyed recently by a blazing fire in Alamo, California. Although nobody was injured, property damage totaled over $500,000. It took firefighters over an hour to contain the fire. The fire began when a nearby brush fire caused a power line to snap, creating a second fire that engulfed the houses. (Link) While not all fires are preventable, there are measures that you can take to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. Here is a list of fire safety tips to keep you safe this fire season:

Stop, Drop & Read this Post!

Two homes were destroyed recently by a blazing fire in Alamo, California. Although nobody was injured, property damage totaled over $500,000. It took firefighters over an hour to contain the fire. The fire began when a nearby brush fire caused a power line to snap, creating a second fire that engulfed the houses. (Link) While not all fires are preventable, there are measures that you can take to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. Here is a list of fire safety tips to keep you safe this fire season:

UCSF Installing Seatbelts On Shuttles Following Fatal Crash

The recent death of UCSF psychiatrist, Dr. Kevin Allen Mack, has prompted the school to start installing seatbelts on its shuttle buses. Mack died instantly when the UCSF shuttle bus he was riding ran a red light and hit a tractor-trailer truck on July 14th. Mack was pronounced dead at the scene after he was ejected from the bus after impact. Four other riders were also injured in the accident.

UCSF Installing Seatbelts On Shuttles Following Fatal Crash

The recent death of UCSF psychiatrist, Dr. Kevin Allen Mack, has prompted the school to start installing seatbelts on its shuttle buses. Mack died instantly when the UCSF shuttle bus he was riding ran a red light and hit a tractor-trailer truck on July 14th. Mack was pronounced dead at the scene after he was ejected from the bus after impact. Four other riders were also injured in the accident.

You Snooze, You Cruise, You Lose

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 1,500 deaths and 100,000 accidents each year are caused by tired drivers. People have equated sleepy drivers to be just as dangerous as drunk drivers because "[t]hey have trouble keeping their car between the lines. Speed will vary." The moments before the driver falls asleep are still treacherous. In fact, if you nod off for three seconds going 70 miles per hour you essentially drive the distance of a football field with closed eyes. Sleepy drivers compare to a drunk driver with a blood alcohol level twice over the legal limit.

You Snooze, You Cruise, You Lose

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 1,500 deaths and 100,000 accidents each year are caused by tired drivers. People have equated sleepy drivers to be just as dangerous as drunk drivers because "[t]hey have trouble keeping their car between the lines. Speed will vary." The moments before the driver falls asleep are still treacherous. In fact, if you nod off for three seconds going 70 miles per hour you essentially drive the distance of a football field with closed eyes. Sleepy drivers compare to a drunk driver with a blood alcohol level twice over the legal limit.

Ryan Dunn's Death Raises Questions About Dram Shop Laws

The recent death of Ryan Dunn has drawn attention to the issue of drunk driving in recent weeks. Ryan Dunn, star of MTV's Jackass, and friend Zachary Hartwell were killed June 20, 2011 when Ryan Dunn's Porsche 911 hit a guardrail, flipped into a ravine, and caught fire. Dunn is estimated to have been traveling between 132 and 140 miles per hour. Dunn and his friend were on their way home from a bar in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Dunn had a blood alcohol level of .196, more than twice the legal limit.

Ryan Dunn's Death Raises Questions About Dram Shop Laws

The recent death of Ryan Dunn has drawn attention to the issue of drunk driving in recent weeks. Ryan Dunn, star of MTV's Jackass, and friend Zachary Hartwell were killed June 20, 2011 when Ryan Dunn's Porsche 911 hit a guardrail, flipped into a ravine, and caught fire. Dunn is estimated to have been traveling between 132 and 140 miles per hour. Dunn and his friend were on their way home from a bar in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Dunn had a blood alcohol level of .196, more than twice the legal limit.

Re-living the Infamous Hot Coffee Case - Arguably Not a Frivolous Case

A lot of people remember the "Hot Coffee" case where McDonald's got sued from an elderly lady spilling hot coffee on her legs. A recent documentary that aired on HBO last month, has brought this case into the limelight once again. People were shocked at the enormous amount of money the jury awarded to the plaintiff, but what people do not realize is how and why the jury got to this 2.9 million dollar conclusion. Although the plaintiff sustained what some would call a minor injury as she only had burns on her legs, and she basically caused her own injury after placing the coffee in-between her legs, she actually had severe burns that required her to be hospitalized and have several skin grafts. She was also not even driving, but was in the passenger seat of a parked vehicle.

Re-living the Infamous Hot Coffee Case - Arguably Not a Frivolous Case

A lot of people remember the "Hot Coffee" case where McDonald's got sued from an elderly lady spilling hot coffee on her legs. A recent documentary that aired on HBO last month, has brought this case into the limelight once again. People were shocked at the enormous amount of money the jury awarded to the plaintiff, but what people do not realize is how and why the jury got to this 2.9 million dollar conclusion. Although the plaintiff sustained what some would call a minor injury as she only had burns on her legs, and she basically caused her own injury after placing the coffee in-between her legs, she actually had severe burns that required her to be hospitalized and have several skin grafts. She was also not even driving, but was in the passenger seat of a parked vehicle.

Stanley Cup is over, but injuries may remain

The Stanley Cup has come to an end, but what is left of this NHL season besides heartbroken fans of teams other than the Boston Burins? Unfortunately what is left, are the lingering effects of injuries that these athletes have endured (and probably property damage in downtown Vancouver from the rioting after the Americans swept a victory right underneath the Canadians in their favorite pastime). As every sports fan knows, hockey can be one of the most brutal sports, but of course that is also the appeal of the game. ESPN has a list of the status of current injuries from June 14-17 that has over 10 different players, and three of these players suffered concussions. Nathan Horton was knocked out in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup, and had "absolutely no chance" of playing in Game 7 (if there would have been one).

Stanley Cup is over, but injuries may remain

The Stanley Cup has come to an end, but what is left of this NHL season besides heartbroken fans of teams other than the Boston Burins? Unfortunately what is left, are the lingering effects of injuries that these athletes have endured (and probably property damage in downtown Vancouver from the rioting after the Americans swept a victory right underneath the Canadians in their favorite pastime). As every sports fan knows, hockey can be one of the most brutal sports, but of course that is also the appeal of the game. ESPN has a list of the status of current injuries from June 14-17 that has over 10 different players, and three of these players suffered concussions. Nathan Horton was knocked out in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup, and had "absolutely no chance" of playing in Game 7 (if there would have been one).

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