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October 2014 Archives

Florida Georgia Safety Zone

Florida Georgia weekend 80,000 fans converge on Jacksonville to enjoy the game, good food, friends and the biggest party in the south. The Sideline Safety Zone will once again be there to assist with basic medical help, directions, transportation, water, telephones and more... Fans and their friends who request help in the Safety Zone area will NOT be subject to legal action based on alcohol issues.

Jacksonville Halloween Events, Fall Festivals and Safety Tips

Halloween treats and Fall Festivals bring out the child in us as we celebrate sharing sweet treats with super heroes and princess fairies. Jacksonville Area churches, the zoo and businesses are hosting various events for children. Southpoint Community Church will host a Colossal Carnival with games rides and inflatables October 31st. Jacksonville Zoo Spooktacular offers a magical celebration this weekend. St Augustine Outlet and St Johns Town Center offer a safe trick or treat environment October 31. Jacksonville Fall Festival and Halloween links for more celebrations below; 

Gun Accident Claims the Life of a Young Middleburg Mother

young mother was shot and killed in Middleburg last week by a family friend. The shooting appears to be an accident. According to the victim's friends Elliot Orsborn, a convicted felon was loading and unloading the gun when he accidentally shot her. The victim 26 year old Jamie Martin leaves behind three children under 10. While the friend regrets his careless actions three children are will grow up without a Mom. This tragedy was the result of an adult who became too relaxed and careless around a deadly weapon. He failed to practice the basics of gun safety. Even if you don't own a gun teach your children the basics of gun safety for children. Kids health.org offers tips ideas and reminders for parents on teaching gun safety. Guns have been found in kindergarten classes carried in the backpacks of five year olds. Whatever your views on guns don't assume your children will never encounter a situation with a loaded firearm. This tragedy was the result of an adult who became too relaxed and careless around a deadly weapon.

Bounce House Collapses

A Bounce House accident in New Hampshire has left a two year old in critical condition and a three year old injured. A heavy wind lifted the house sending it airborne and then collapsed trapping the boys. The Bounce House, located at Sullivan Farm was inflated but had not been properly set up for play. The owner of the farm indicated the house was in a restricted area roped off with bales of hay in front of the entrance. Officials in the community are investigating the accident. Bounce Houses have become popular for backyard birthday parties, fund raisers, church events and carnivals. The increase in popularity has increased the number of Bounce House accidents. Bounce Houses not properly tethered down present the biggest risk of a serious accident. Secondly, Bounce Houses not properly supervised by an adult pose the risk of head injuries and broken bones. Halloween is the time of year Bounce Houses pop up everywhere. Parents take a good look before you let your child enter a Bounce House. Houses should be properly tethered down, supervised by an adult at all times, rules should be posted with weight limits including total weight limit for the unit, weight limit per jumper, maximum number of jumpers per unit and jumpers should be relatively close to the same size. Please be aware children have died in Bounce House Accidents. 

GM Recalls Over 2 Million Cars

GM began recalling over 2 million vehicles with a serious ignition switch defect in February but less than half of the owners have brought their vehicles in to be fixed. If you own a Chevrolet Cobalt or a Saturn ION that has not been repaired loaner vehicles are available at the dealership please do not delay getting the repairs. 24 Wrongful Death claims and 16 serious injury claims from accidents with the deadly ignition switch defect have received compensation. Additional victims and their families continue to come forward as they discover their accident was caused by the defective ignition switch. GM was aware of the defect for over a decade. Even after they began the recall a loaner program was not publicized and some dealerships actually avoided telling their customers about the program unless they insisted on a loaner or knew about the program. This left consumers who desperately needed their vehicles driving unsafe vehicles since the dealerships did not have the correct parts until several months after the recall began. The Cobalt and ION are economy vehicles this affected those among us who could least afford a rental car. GM's reputation and consumer trust has been greatly damaged by their failure protect their customers. Unfortunately this failure will continue to hurt not only accident victims and their families but Chevrolet dealerships and their workers. GM has set up a web site to give consumers information on the recalls.

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