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  • 6 ‘Things I Could Have Done to Prevent the Crash’

    ● I could have flown into Hawthorne Airport with an instructor the first time.● with the fog layer, I could have denied the approach and flown to an alternate airport to see if the weather was more cooperative there.● I could have turned around and flown back to Glendale, Ariz. I always carried the max fuel, so I would have options in case of
  • WATER WARNINGS

    Flash floods caused 82 deaths in the United States in 2013, according to the National Weather Service. More than half of the victims were driving at the time of the floods.The weather service offers the following tips during flash floods. ● If you hear flood warnings get off or stay off the roads.   ● Do not drive through flooded areas. If
  • WHAT CAN YOU DO?

    ● Make a personal commitment to drive cell free.● Turn your phone off or put it on silent while driving so you are not tempted to answer it.● Speak up when you are in the car with someone who uses a cell phone while driving. Ask if you can do it for them or if it can wait.● Change your voicemail message to reflect that you are either away from your
  • ‘BE VEWY VEWY CAREFUL’

    ● Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.● Unload firearms when not in use.● Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.● Never climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch or log, with a loaded firearm.● Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water.● Use the safety on your weapon.● Avoid alcoholic beverages or other
  • BINGE DRINKING

    ● Binge drinking for men means drinking five or more alcoholic beverages in about two hours; for women it's four or more drinks.● The average number of drinks per binge? ... Eight.● One in six adults in the United States binge drink.  That's more than 38 million.● Men binge drink twice as much as women.● Although college students commonly binge
  • The Buck Stops Here

    What to do if a deer jumps in front of your motorcycle.Deer strikes on the road are unpredictable, and even the most experienced riders can fall victim 
to them. If a deer suddenly jumps in the path of your motorcycle, here are some steps you can take.● Brake slowly if there's time; aggressively if there isn't. Use both front and rear brakes.●
  • SURVIVING A BLOWOUT

    Blowing out a tire at high speeds can test even the most experienced driver's nerves. Tire blowouts cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of mishaps each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It offers the following advice to improve your chances of surviving a blowout.Remain Calm: Panicking will only make matters
  • GRAVITY BITES

    There's an old saying that goes, "The bigger you are, the harder you fall." You can take that one step further and say, "The farther you fall, the harder you land." And human bodies, being somewhat less dense and firm than concrete, don't do so well in those impacts.For example, if you fall off a one-story building, you'll impact at between 16 and
  • TORNADO Prep Checklist

     During any storm, listen to local news or radio to stay informed about watches and warnings. Know your community's warning system. Communities have different ways of warning residents about tornados, with many having sirens intended for outdoor warning purposes. Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a
  • OVERWHELMED

    Dan and Pam Wassom say they were overwhelmed by the "Christ-like love" they, their daughter-in-law and granddaughters have received from friends, family, church members and strangers across the globe in response to the loss of their son.They got particularly emotional when talking about all the support and generosity from their son's unit, the
  • CONTRIBUTING FACTORS

    The accident investigation board determined the following three factors contributed to the A-10C mishap: The mishap pilot focused his attention on the boat on the lake and did not see the power line cables.   The mishap pilot demonstrated complacency immediately prior to the mishap by descending the aircraft rather than climbing as a
  • RIVER SAFETY TIPS

    + Always wear a life jacket. It's smart to wear a properly fitted life jacket while boating, tubing, fishing, wading or swimming in a river -- especially for children. The currents are even stronger than they appear, and visibility in the water is often poor.+ Wear shoes. Rivers aren't sandy beaches. Wearing shoes will protect you against glass,
  • SOBERING FACTS

    The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of aboutone drink per hour. Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help. Almost every 90 seconds,a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
  • THE TERRIBLE TWO

    Only a few spiders are dangerous to humans. Two that are present in the contiguous United States, and more common in the southern states, are the black widow and the brown recluse. Both spiders prefer warm climates and dark, dry places where flies are plentiful. They often live in dry, littered, undisturbed areas, such as closets, woodpiles and
  • A WATERSHED MOMENT

    'LESSONS I LEARNED AT UNIVERSITY FALLS' If hiking to a remote location, always take food, water and a first aid kit. Never go hiking alone. Form a solid emergency plan before something goes wrong. Stay calm so you can think clearly if something does go wrong. Self-aid and buddy care training is sometimes taken for granted but is so
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