Month: June 2011

Frontovers and Backovers

With summer finally here, children are beginning to play in their neighborhood streets and driveways, which increases the risk children face with frontover and backover accidents. In 2010, there were 70 frontover fatalities and 60 backover fatalities because children cannot be seen around vehicles. Toddlers 12-23 months represent 70% of these victims. These young children are most at risk because they are unable to realize and comprehend the dangers associated with moving vehicles.

According to Janette Fennell, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org, “Children often don’t want to be left behind when a beloved relative is leaving; they impulsively follow them out and put themselves in a dangerous position near the vehicle where they can’t be seen.” The same thing happens when parents come home from work, and their children come running out to greet them. All vehicles have some sort of blind spots in the rear, front and corners, and even with proper use of the mirror, accidents can happen. Furthermore, inclines can increase the blind zones of these vehicles and increase the risk of a frontover or backover.

As for backover prevention, rear camera units are now being installed in newer model vehicles, which will decrease the risk of backover accidents. However, preventing frontovers continues to be a serious concern. Fennell advises, “KidsAndCars.org will continue to raise awareness and work to find solutions to eliminate these tragedies.”

Dehumidifiers: Keeping Homes Clean & Healthy

Families around the country have been using dehumidifiers for years in their homes to make them more comfortable. These devices are used to draw excess humidity from the air. In addition to making the homes more airy, dehumidifiers help to keep the general appearance of a room dry, clean, and well kept. Excess moisture can cause mildew growth and damage to furniture of all types, photos, carpets, and other valuables, so using a dehumidifier can help preserve your family’s treasures.

Dehumidifiers are used for health reasons also. Mold and mildew have been linked to a number of lung diseases, including asthma. If mold and mildew begin showing up in your house, you should consider purchasing a dehumidifier.

If you decide to buy one, place it in a location where the moisture problem is the greatest, where mold, mildew, and musty odors are evident. This may be the basement, or a room where the ventilation is poor. It is important to keep the moisture level low if you store anything valuable there, or if you use your basement as a living space. Unlike the rest of your home, the parts of your foundation that are below ground level are constantly in contact with moisture from the earth outside. Though some homes have adequate vapor and water barriers installed outside their foundations, many older homes have none.
You may need more than one dehumidifier if moisture problems are in several areas of your home. If you put the device in a room with running water, be sure to keep it away from the water supply to avoid electrocution. It is also wise to place the dehumidifier away from the thermostat, since the fans blow warm air and could compromise the thermostat’s effectiveness.

It’s also important to allow plenty of open space around the dehumidifier so it can work properly. After you purchase the appliance, read the owner’s manual and follow the instructions. Typically, dehumidifiers won’t operate to their full capacities at temperatures below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. If you modify the device to drain the collected water into a sink or floor drain, be sure to locate it above the drain so it functions properly. You can adjust your dehumidifier so it turns on and off as needed.

Dehumidifiers help homes to stay clean and healthy. However, there have been recent recalls of dehumidifiers due to a potential fire hazard. Be cautious when you purchase the device; if you’ve already purchased one, check to see if it is on the recall list.

After four reports of fires, 98,000 portable dehumidifiers manufactured by Goldstar and Comfort-Aire were recently voluntarily recalled due to a potential fire hazard caused by shorting power connectors. Models recalled include No. GHD30Y7, sold at Home Depot, No. DH305Y7, sold at Wal-Mart, and Comfort-Aire BHD-301-C, sold at Heat Controller, Inc. The dehumidifiers were sold from January 2007 through June 2008. Consumers are advised to discontinue use of the dehumidifiers and to schedule a free repair service at an LG service center. Visitwww.cpsc.gov/ for more information on consumer product recalls. (The Safety Report)

A Word from Abraham Lincoln

This document fragment was dated July 1, 1850 by Abraham Lincoln’s White House secretaries, John Nicolay and John Hay, who collected many of his manuscripts after his death. The note in the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln indicates that Lincoln could have written these observations several years later than 1850. It is not known, however, if Lincoln ever delivered this lecture.

In these notes Lincoln provides a glimpse of how he worked and the high standards of diligence and honesty he set. He has sharp words for the dishonest and unscrupulous members of the bar, calling them “fiends” and “knaves.” He warns prospective lawyers, “if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.”

“I am not an accomplished lawyer. I find quite as much material for a lecture in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful. The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. Never let your correspondence fall behind. Whatever piece of business you have in hand, before stopping, do all the labor pertaining to it which can then be done. When you bring a common-law suit, if you have the facts for doing so, write the declaration at once. If a law point be involved, examine the books, and note the authority you rely on upon the declaration itself, where you are sure to find it when wanted. The same of defenses and pleas. In business not likely to be litigated, — ordinary collection cases, foreclosures, partitions, and the like, — make all examinations of titles, and note them, and even draft orders and decrees in advance. This course has a triple advantage; it avoids omissions and neglect, saves your labor when once done, performs the labor out of court when you have leisure, rather than in court when you have not. Extemporaneous speaking should be practised and cultivated. It is the lawyer’s avenue to the public. However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business if he cannot make a speech. And yet there is not a more fatal error to young lawyers than relying too much on speech-making. If any one, upon his rare powers of speaking, shall claim an exemption from the drudgery of the law, his case is a failure in advance.

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. Who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket? A moral tone ought to be infused into the profession which should drive such men out of it.

The matter of fees is important, far beyond the mere question of bread and butter involved. Properly attended to, fuller justice is done to both lawyer and client. An exorbitant fee should never be claimed. As a general rule never take your whole fee in advance, nor any more than a small retainer. When fully paid beforehand, you are more than a common mortal if you can feel the same interest in the case, as if something was still in prospect for you, as well as for your client. And when you lack interest in the case the job will very likely lack skill and diligence in the performance. Settle the amount of fee and take a note in advance. Then you will feel that you are working for something, and you are sure to do your work faithfully and well. Never sell a fee note — at least not before the consideration service is performed. It leads to negligence and dishonesty — negligence by losing interest in the case, and dishonesty in refusing to refund when you have allowed the consideration to fail.

There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest. I say vague, because when we consider to what extent confidence and honors are reposed in and conferred upon lawyers by the people, it appears improbable that their impression of dishonesty is very distinct and vivid. Yet the impression is common, almost universal. Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief — resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave.”

Brain Cancer linked with Cell Phones?

A branch of the World Health Organization, The International Agency for Research on Cancer has officially linked cellphone usage with being “possibly carcinogenic.” It only points out the “possibility” of a link and the need for caution when using cellular devices.

Cell phones emit radio waves during phone calls and other data transmissions, and this is a form of electromagnetic radiation. It is not clear how large quantities of these waves affect our biological tissues, but some scientists believe that these waves may spur the growth of brain tumors.

Studies have shown there there is a spike in glioma tumor rates among people with the highest level of cellphone usage–those who talk for at least a half hour per day for a decade. There has not been a correlation for less frequent users.

You can best minimize your radiation exposure by using a headset/bluetooth device, which allows you to use your cellphone without holding the phone to your ear. The power radiated from the phone drops enormously with distance, and some scientists even say that you can decrease your exposure by holding your phone and inch or two away from your ear during phone calls.

Buy a headset…It’s better to be safe than sorry!