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Practice Fire Safety When Heating Your Home This Winter

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 20, 2011

Fireplaces, wood stoves, and space heaters all provide warmth during a chilly Washington winter. Many families enjoy snuggling up in front of a cozy fireplace, or flipping on the space heater when they first step into a chilly bathroom. While these sources of heat can be wonderful, they can also increase the risk of fire in your home. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) offers several tips for heating your home safely this winter.

  • Kerosene Heaters: Make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area before purchasing one. Use them only in well-ventilated areas. Use only the type of fuel recommended by the manufacturer, and never overfill the heater. Place the heater in a clear space well away from drapes, furniture, or Christmas trees. Read the rest »

Glider Crash Claims Pilot’s Life

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 24, 2011

A glider crash at Cle Elum Municipal Airport in Washington claimed the life of the 53-year-old pilot recently, according to a news report from UKPA.

The glider had been hired to shoot video to be used in an upcoming commercial for General Motors. It had been towed onto the runway at the Kittitas County airport, about 75 miles southeast of Seattle. The glider’s pilot was preparing to take off and had just lifted the glider from the runway when the crash occurred. The pilot, a resident of Tukwila, was the only person on board the glider when it crashed; unfortunately, he lost his life in the accident. The glider belonged to Northwest Eagles Soaring, also located in Tukwila. Read the rest »

Drowning Remains a Leading Cause of Child Injury and Death

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 25, 2011

Despite increases in awareness and water safety measures, accidental drowning remains one of the major ways a child in the United States can be injured or killed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Every day, the CDC estimates, ten people drown in the U.S., and at least two of every ten who drown are children under the age of 14. In fact, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under 14, and the sixth leading cause of death for all U.S. residents.

More than 20 percent of drowning victims are children. However, drowning doesn’t merely kill children; it can also cause serious and irreversible injury. For instance, the CDC estimates that for every child who dies of drowning in the U.S., four more are admitted to a hospital for water-related injuries. Even if a child survives a drowning incident, they may suffer brain damage caused by lack of oxygen or other injuries suffered in those crucial minutes or seconds underwater. Read the rest »

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