Fireworks are dangerous

Fireworks Are Dangerous, Even in Responsible Hands

Every year, families across the U.S look forward to putting on their own backyard fireworks displays for Independence Day or New Year’s. Depending on local ordinances, and the type and quantity of pyrotechnics, this tradition can range from completely legal to a felony offence, but unfortunately, it’s always a serious safety hazard. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, home fireworks caused eight deaths and 12,900 injuries severe enough to require emergency room treatment in 2017. Those numbers are pretty typical, and have been since at least 2002. Accidents Are Not Always the Result of User Error Because of the questionable legality and inherent risks of fireworks, many people assume that they have “no one to blame but themselves” for firework-related injuries. Others believe that…

Pressure Cookers Can Fail Catastrophically and Unpredictably

Pressure Cookers Can Fail Catastrophically and Unpredictably

There are few things harder to render completely safe than a pressure vessel. Many products have the occasional defective unit, or a limited lifespan under the stress of normal use, but most products don’t cause second and third degree burns when they fail. Pressure cookers do, and it can be dangerously difficult to guess when that failure is approaching before it’s too late. Pressure Cooker Burns Are More Severe than Ordinary Scalding Injuries Pressure cookers were designed for canning meat and vegetables at higher-than-boiling temperatures to prevent botulism (a type of food poisoning from dangerous bacteria). They work by stopping water from evaporating and escaping at its natural boiling point, causing it to become superheated. People use them many types of recipes because their high…

A Closer Look at Premises Dangers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

A Closer Look at Premises Dangers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Atlanta is home to the single busiest airport in the world, moving nearly 104 million passengers annually. With the city’s convenient placement and history as the birthplace of Delta Airlines, Hartsfield-Jackson has stayed the world’s most popular airport for 19 straight years. As with any such nexus of human activity, however, ensuring safety is a crucial and sizeable challenge that isn’t always met. The Most Hazardous Travel Conditions Are on the Ground Whatever our instincts may tell us, flying is statistically far safer than other forms of conveyance. However, airline passengers must make their way through several of these other conveyances on their way to and from flights, and therein lies the danger. From the moment travelers begin their journey using the services of Hartsfield-Jackson,…

Georgia’s Crime Victim Compensation Program Can Provide Limited Help

Georgia’s Crime Victim Compensation Program Can Provide Limited Help

Violent crime can obviously have devastating physical and emotional consequences, for victims and innocent bystanders alike. Less often acknowledged, but just as real, are the heavy financial burdens it can leave. If you’ve been a victim or even a witness to a violent crime in Georgia, you may have more resources available to you than you realize. The Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program is specifically designed to help people who’ve been financially affected by local violent crime. Who Can Apply for Victim Compensation? To qualify for victim compensation in Georgia, the crime that affected you must have taken place in Georgia within the last three years. You’re most likely to be approved if the crime was reported to the authorities, and if one or more…

Georgia Has a High Rate of Apartment and Hotel Gun Violence Deaths

Georgia Has a High Rate of Apartment and Hotel Gun Violence Deaths

If you’re worried about gun violence, your natural instinct may be to retreat to your home or another private space, to reclaim a sense of safety and control of your surroundings. Unfortunately, the numbers tell us this strategy won’t make you safer. Gun violence was the cause of 1,571 deaths in Georgia in 2016, a figure that’s risen 47% since 2005. While mass shootings receive most of the media attention, they only made up a little more than 1% of these deaths — a fairly typical share nationwide in any given year. The rest are made up of one-on-one homicide, suicide, and accidents, many of them occurring in the home. Property Owner Responsibility The issue of landlord responsibility in cases of gun violence has been…

Top Causes of Injuries at Big Box Stores

Top Causes of Injuries at Big Box Stores

In spring of 2018, a two-year-old girl was crushed to death by an unsecured mirror in a Payless shoe store in Riverdale, Georgia. This might sound like a freak occurrence, but the truth is that incidents like this one have been a serious and underreported public hazard for decades now. Nobody wants or expects to put themselves in danger every time they go shopping. We go about our days, running our errands, rarely worrying about whether public places are designed to be safe. In reality, serious danger lies in many core elements of how modern “big box” stores do business. High, Unsecured Shelving The profitability of big box stores depends on volume, selection, and efficient use of space. In many cases, this means shelving in…

Workplace Fatalities Are on the Rise, Even as the Economy Improves

Workplace Fatalities Are on the Rise, Even as the Economy Improves

For the millions of people left unemployed or underemployed during the Great Recession, the opportunity to return to work is something to be celebrated. Unfortunately, the recent drop in unemployment has been accompanied by a rise in workplace injuries and fatalities. While this might sound like the inevitable cost of returning to normal, these deaths are needless, avoidable, and alarmingly frequent. In Georgia specifically, the workplace death rate rose by as much as 70% between 2012 and 2016, with a particular spike in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Why Now? As noted in the International Journal of Epidemiology, economic growth does eventually decrease mortality rates in a general population. First, however, a rash of occupational fatalities is tragically common. These deaths…

Atlanta Has Some of the Country’s Most Dangerous Roads

Atlanta Has Some of the Country’s Most Dangerous Roads

There are many reasons to love Atlanta, from the nightlife to the low cost of living to the thriving music scene. As any local will attest, however, the traffic is not one of them. Unfortunately, the trouble with our roads goes far beyond congestion into the realm of a serious public health hazard. As of 2015, Georgia had the fourth highest incidence of fatal car accidents nationwide, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That puts Georgia behind only by the three most populous states: California, Texas, and Florida. The Atlanta area itself bears the worst of this state-wide problem, a problem which has only been worsening in recent years. According to a 2012-2016 report by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway…

Pedestrian Roadway Deaths Continue to Climb in Georgia

Pedestrian Roadway Deaths Continue to Climb in Georgia

Walking is a healthy and convenient way to get around many parts of Georgia. Even if you usually drive or take public transportation, a significant stretch at the beginning or end of your journey is likely to take place on foot. The popularity and necessity of walking makes it all the more upsetting to watch the reports of pedestrian deaths become ever more frequent. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, pedestrian fatalities climbed 9.5% nationally and 18.4% in Georgia from 2014-2015, reaching levels not seen since before 2008. Worse still, hit-and-run has been on the rise both locally and nationally, with Georgia becoming the 4th most dangerous state for hit-and-run, according to a study by AAA. How to Protect Yourself The National…

Your Car’s Interior Temperature Can Rise 20 Degrees in 10 Minutes

Your Car’s Interior Temperature Can Rise 20 Degrees in 10 Minutes

You read that right. Your vehicle’s internal temperature can rise by nearly 20 degrees in 10 minutes. This is a serious safety hazard for any children who are inside the vehicle. Every parent has worried about whether they might leave their child in the car in a moment of forgetfulness. It’s such an easy mistake to make that a parent could easily let it happen before they realize what they did. Fortunately, however, a handful of technologies are on the way that have the potential to end this problem forever. If you or a loved one has suffered any injury because of another person’s negligence, contact the attorneys of The Stoddard Firm. With our years of experience, we’ll be able to guide you through this…