Posted on 11/18/2016 11:19 AM By Keith Savino
You feel so very violated. You arrive home after a wonderful weeklong “de-stressing” vacation, park the car in the driveway, turn the key, open the door and step inside. Suddenly you realize that something is a bit askew. Nothing is where it should be.
And then you realize it. You have been robbed.
You don’t understand it. You stopped mail and newspaper delivery, had automatic timers placed on the lights and asked your neighbor to mow your lawn while you were gone, why did this happen? You did everything the checklist on the "Safety Tips Website" told you to.
Most thieves are not stupid. They read the same “Safety Tips” lists that you do. They know what you are thinking. Often, modern thieves do not pick a house at random. They have been scoping out the neighborhood long before you were the chosen one and they did their research before they decided to give you the honor of their breaking into your home.
Preparing to NOT be a victim happens long before you pack ...
Posted on 8/29/2016 8:00 AM By Keith Savino
We have all encountered it. A beautiful sunny afternoon, cruising down the highway at 55mph, window open, radio on and suddenly … a 10 foot piece of scrap metal is looming in front of you, directly in your path, right in the center of your travel lane.
Do you swerve to avoid it, cutting off the car that is in the next lane? Do you slam on your brakes and pray that the tractor trailer on your tail does not rear end you? Do you just hit it and pray that I does not destroy your undercarriage or become airborne and smash through a windshield.
AAA has recently released the following statistics concerning roadway litter:
*Since 2001, roadway accidents involving debris have escalated by 40%.
*Every year over 50,000 crashes are due to cars avoiding roadway litter.
*125 people die a year, more than 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014
*0ver 39,000 injuries are the direct result of refuse in the roadway.
Why the upswing? Multiple Reasons:
1. The Closing of Eisenhower Interstate Highway Sys ...
Posted on 8/1/2016 8:01 AM By Rich Savino
Most likely if you watch the evening news or log into any social media platform you have heard about the Sand fire outside of Los Angeles. Horrible, uncontrollable rage of flames spreading far and wide. As of my writing this, 18 structures have been destroyed, countless acres burned, property loss has been extensive, thank God there has been no loss of life.
Last year our west coast offices in Washington were damaged by wildfires that were consuming towns in the Northwest. Luckily we were able to rebuild, but many residents lost their homes, their possessions, their treasures that are irreplaceable.
Conditions this summer are ripe for wildfire, no matter where you live. In New York, you can smell the scent of pop-up brush fires that are occurring in local forests and farmer’s fields right outside the front door of your house.
Since the National Weather Service is predicting that this drought could last until late October, I thought it might be an optimal time to give you some tips on how to prev ...
Posted on 6/27/2016 9:00 AM By Rich Savino
How many videos have you seen on YouTube or on Spike TV, that show passionate and delighted revelers gathered on the street or in their driveways, lighting fuses for a gathering crowd, a look of anticipation on their faces? The fuse begins to spark and shine and suddenly before everyone can back away, an explosion. The firework detonates prematurely.
Sometimes it is harmless fun; sometimes a trip in an ambulance occurs; sometimes a fire sparks and property gets severely damaged.
In 2015, New York State has legally approved the use of "Novelty" fireworks for consumer use for two limited time periods in July and December in select areas/counties. Fireworks are still illegal in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut). Although I do not know any statistics of anyone being harmed by the use of fireworks in the state, I thought with the upcoming July 4th three-day weekend on the horizon, it would be a good time to brush up on your safety skills when it comes to novelty explosives.
One of the statisti ...
Posted on 4/18/2016 8:01 AM By Rich Savino
Stand on the sidewalk of any high traffic, high volume street corner in “Any Town, USA” and observe for one hour.
· How many people drive by, looking down at their laps?
· How many drivers have their cell phones to their ears?
· Who has one hand on the wheel because they are applying lipstick, sipping coffee, examining wrinkles, reading a map, or Google searching a great local restaurant?
Eye opening isn’t it? I think is is shocking and scary. As a father of two teenagers, I am astounded that almost ½ of the people I notice driving, do not have their eyes on the road.
I don’t know a single community that hasn’t experienced the devastation of a student or individual being seriously hurt in an auto accident, where the determining factor was somehow related to inattentive driving. Too many people are ending up in emergency rooms, hospital beds and ...
Posted on 2/15/2016 8:00 AM By Keith Savino
It is a rite of passage, a ritual for high school and college students to pack up their sunscreen, grab their bikini’s or skis, pile in a car or jump on a plane and head out for a week of adventures. Spring break and the Senior Class trip are steeped in traditions, mayhem and glorious memories. Many years from now students recall fondly who they were with, what they did and what they got away with.
But for the 99% of kids who return home with sunburn and overpriced tourist t-shirts, there are always stories that surface of students who ended up robbed, injured, or worse. We want you to have an amazing time, but we want you to be safe. So here are some quick tips for your amazing adventure.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
1. If your mode of transportation is automobile, have the car checked by a licensed mechanic before you drive your first mile. Nothing is more disruptive, dangerous, or expensive then breaking down on the road, days from home. AAA has a great checklist for you to use (below) and inv ...