Happy 241st Birthday America!!!

Sunny blue sky, warm summer breeze, American flags waving outside buildings and homes, family and friends getting together for picnics and barbecues, patriotic music, games, parades and the most impressive fireworks.  This is Independence Day! An evening of lighting up the sky and dazzling spectators with amazing fireworks.  However, the same explosive power that awes [...]

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

In honor of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual Dog Bite Prevention Week, I wanted to share some helpful resources on dog bite prevention. Dog-bite injuries are at epidemic levels – almost 5 million per year across the country – and local animal control agencies simply cannot keep up with this level of activity. I’ve [...]

Airbag Recall Alert: Is Your Car Safe?

Takata airbags installed in millions of U.S. vehicles across over 30 brands are now subject to a massive recall. Affected vehicles may contain defective, potentially deadly airbag inflators. Last month, a 17-year-old from Texas died in a low-speed collision when the Takata airbag inflator inside the steering wheel exploded and launched shrapnel straight at her. [...]

Unlicensed Drivers: Know the Facts

According to a study released by the AAA Foundation of Public Safety, one in every five fatal crashes in the United States involves an unlicensed driver. Annually, about 8,400 deaths on average are caused by drivers without a license. According to the study, 28% of these drivers without a license have received three prior suspensions or revocations. [...]

Recent dog bite injury? Avoid serious infections!

Did you know that one in every five dog bites require medical attention [1]? A dog bite injury can cause serious infections, require antibiotic treatment and sometimes hospitalization. Take the following steps if bitten: Stop the bleeding with a towel. Wash the infected area with a cloth, soap, and water. Cover the injury with a [...]

“Are you the parent of a young driver? Ventura County Start Smart is for you!”

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has developed statewide free classes to raise awareness and diminish the number of teen-related accidents. Ventura County Start Smart classes, taught by a local police department, aim to help young teen drivers and their parents fully comprehend the responsibilities of being a licensed driver. Topics discussed in the class [...]

Pedestrian Safety: How to Avoid Being Another Statistic

School is about to start, the sun is shining bright, and pedestrians are crawling the streets of Ventura County. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (2014), on average a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes [A]. Pedestrian safety is important knowledge for both drivers and pedestrians. [...]

Summer Pool Safety: Avoid Pool-Related Accidents

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among young children ages 1-4 [A]? A fun summer day at the pool can bring upon unfortunate consequences if the necessary precautions are not taken. Avoid pool-related accidents this summer: Teach your child to swim: The ability to swim can save your child’s [...]