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Tick Borne Illnesses on Rise in Missouri

Posted by Lara Vitiello on July 20, 2017

Reported cases of tick-borne illnesses are up throughout the state of Missouri.  In June, a Meramec State Park Assistant Superintendent died from complications of Bourbon virus, a rare disease thought to be carried by ticks.  After her death, health officials had thousands of ticks from the park shipped to the CDC in Atlanta for analysis.   The results of these tests are still pending. […]

Heat Advisory: Tips to Stay Cool

Posted by Lara Vitiello on July 18, 2017

The St. Louis area and much of the Midwest is under a Heat Advisory this week.  Residents are urged to take extra precautions when the temperatures and the heat index climb above 100 degrees. Everyone can be affected by excessive heat. However, there are certain populations who are more sensitive to extreme heat, these include: […]

5 Dead in Fiery Semi Truck Crash

Posted by Lara Vitiello on July 14, 2017

5 Dead in Fiery Semi-Truck Crash on I-70 Near Kansas City Earlier this week, a semi-truck cresting a hill caused a fiery chain-reaction pile-up on I-70 that left five people dead. According the Kansas Turnpike Authority crash report, the chain-reaction started when a semi-truck crested a slight hill and failed to slow for traffic that […]

Electric Shock Drowning: An Invisible Danger

Posted by Lara Vitiello on July 12, 2017

Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) is a real danger. The danger is invisible, but it may be lurking within water around docks and marinas. Electricity used to power boats, dock lights and boat lifts can leak into water if not properly equipped, maintained and grounded. These leaks, caused by faulty electrical equipment, wiring and improper grounding, […]

Firework Safety Tips for a Safe Holiday

Posted by Lara Vitiello on June 27, 2017

The Fourth of July holiday is synonymous with fireworks. As we approach the holiday, it’s important to remember that fireworks are dangerous and can cause serious burns and eye injuries.   Always celebrate safely and follow commonsense firework safety tips. With consumer spending on the upswing, the last few years have brought record sales of fireworks and, […]

Recent Trends Increase Driving Costs

Posted by Lara Vitiello on June 22, 2017

Does it seem like driving has become more expensive in recent years? It likely has. The U.S. has seen more new cars on the road, and those cars are driving more miles than in years past. The severity of traffic-related accidents has grown worse, and insurance claims for bodily injury have become more expensive. Together, […]

“Come for Vacation, Leave on Probation”: Utah Becomes First State to Lower BAC to .05

Posted by Lara Vitiello on June 21, 2017

Legal & Safety Blog By Matt Devoti Utah Becomes First State to Lower BAC to .05 Much Needed Legislation or Governmental Overreach?   Earlier this Spring, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill lowering Utah’s “driving under the influence” level from .08 to .05 blood alcohol content (BAC). Utah’s BAC threshold is now the lowest […]

Beware ‘Dry Drowning’ : A Lurking Threat to Kids After a Swim

Posted by Lara Vitiello on June 19, 2017

Legal & Safety Blog by Matt Devoti Beware ‘Dry Drowning’ : A Lurking Threat to Kids After a Swim My youngest daughter celebrated her first birthday earlier this month. Her aunt and uncle gave Lilly a wading pool as a birthday gift.  You know the pool; molded plastic, about 36 inches in diameter that holds […]

Deadly Train Accident Underscores Importance of Railroad Crossing Safety

Posted by Lara Vitiello on June 15, 2017

Legal & Safety Blog by Matt Casey Deadly Train Accident Underscores Importance of Railroad Crossing Safety This week in Illinois, a van driver failed to yield at a railroad crossing leading to a deadly collision with a freight train that left five elderly people dead.   This tragic series of events underscores the importance of obeying railroad […]

Swim Safely in Rivers, Streams and Lakes

Posted by Lara Vitiello on June 1, 2017

Yesterday a group of teens swimming in the swift current of the Big River saw first-hand how quickly a strong swimmer can get into trouble.  Fourteen-year-old Devon Cotton went under while trying to swim across the river and never resurfaced. Search and rescue crews continue to search, but the teen likely drowned in the swift waters. The […]

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Tick Borne Illnesses on Rise in Missouri

Reported cases of tick-borne illnesses are up throughout the state of Missouri.  In June, a Meramec State Park Assistant Superintendent died from complications of Bourbon virus, a rare disease thought to be carried by ticks.  After her death, health officials had thousands of ticks from the park shipped to the CDC in Atlanta for analysis.   The results of these tests are still pending. […] more

Heat Advisory: Tips to Stay Cool

The St. Louis area and much of the Midwest is under a Heat Advisory this week.  Residents are urged to take extra precautions when the temperatures and the heat index climb above 100 degrees. Everyone can be affected by excessive heat. However, there are certain populations who are more sensitive to extreme heat, these include: […] more

5 Dead in Fiery Semi Truck Crash

5 Dead in Fiery Semi-Truck Crash on I-70 Near Kansas City Earlier this week, a semi-truck cresting a hill caused a fiery chain-reaction pile-up on I-70 that left five people dead. According the Kansas Turnpike Authority crash report, the chain-reaction started when a semi-truck crested a slight hill and failed to slow for traffic that […] more

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