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car theft

A car is stolen every 40 seconds in the United States; rates vary by city and urban versus rural areas. Many car thefts could be prevented, however, if the owner thought more like a car thief. Think about what a potential thief sees when he walks past your car. 3 Questions to ask yourself before […]

hiking accidents

Many people associate the Pacific Northwest with beautiful scenery and the outdoors. Many choose to get outside and hike, mountain bike, kayak, and ski. Though we don’t like to think about it, there are risks associated with outdoor sports. Safety precautions must be taken to help decrease the chance of a hiking accident or other […]

tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is a type of tendinitis, a swelling of the tendons; that causes pain in the elbow and arm. Tennis elbow can be caused by any repetitive gripping activities, especially if they use the thumb and first two fingers. The muscles become strained and the constant tugging can eventually cause microscopic tears in the […]

parental conflict

What is the key to raising a smart, compassionate and grounded child? While experts might debate the strengths and weaknesses of various methods, it doesn’t appear that there is one, perfect model. Research indicates,however, that the formula for giving your child less than a perfect chance at a happy, secure and normal life is actually […]

beach safety

In the Pacific Northwest, we associate summer with fun at the beach. Kids love to dig in the sand, catch mini crabs, and splash around in the surf. Beach safety is the key to making sure that the trip doesn’t end in a tragedy. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death […]

Mushroom Poisoning

Foraging for mushrooms has become a popular pastime, particularly in the Northwest where wild mushrooms grow in abundance. The trick is in understanding which mushrooms are safe and which are poisonous. Mushroom poisoning is the result of the ingestion of toxic substances present in a mushroom, which typically occurs after a person misidentifies a toxic […]

food poisoning

Every year, millions of Americans are affected by food poisoning. Of these cases, 39 million are diagnosed by a doctor, between 100,000 and 300,000 people are hospitalized for food poisoning and three to five thousand people die. Meat and poultry are the most common culprits, followed by dairy products and eggs, then seafood. Food storage […]

Summer Food Safety

Outdoor summer gatherings with family and friends are a wonderful way to enjoy the weather. But when snacks and meals are served on a warm day, we need to be especially cautious about food safety. Food may still smell and look safe to eat after being out at room temperature for hours but dangerous bacteria […]

parenting differences

How does a parent learn “to parent”? Many new parents are apprehensive when it’s time to bring a baby home. As most of us have learned, the parenting books or other helpful or friendly advice from relatives, friends and complete strangers at the grocery store are not always what our particular child (or children) need. […]

surfing safety tips

Surfing is a fun and adrenaline packed sport, very popular for warm weather vacations. Surfing safely requires a certain amount of physical fitness and some common sense safety rules. Being prepared with some basic safety items and surfing safety tips can help to make your day great. If you or a loved one has been […]