Seat Belt usage has saved an estimated 12,174 lives in 2013, along with 63,000 lives in the 5 years from 2008 through 2013. In most cases, seat belts prevent ejection from the vehicle during a crash. Seventy Five percent of drivers ejected from their vehicle were killed, and only one percent of them were wearing a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt helps to minimize the body coming into contact with the interior of the vehicle, reducing injuries by fifty percent. Seat belts help to spread the force of impact over larger parts of the body, helping to reduce serious injuries. Injuries sustained while not wearing a seatbelt can be up to five times greater. Wearing a belt can also reduce medical costs. Average medical costs for people wearing seat belts were sixty percent less than people who were not wearing one.
Seat belts sometimes contribute to accident-related injuries which are known as “seat belt syndrome”. Seat Belt Syndrome is a contusion of anterior abdominal wall caused by lap seat belts. This may cause lumbar spine fractures, trauma to the bowels, spleen, and liver. In some cases, the belt can cause harm to the chest and abdominal area. Many people don’t have a habit of wearing seat belts because they didn’t grow up with them. Now, cars go faster, we travel more often and further and there are way more distracted drivers then the days when seat belts were not required. It is important to wear your seat belt and show a good example for your kids as well.
In Arizona it is the law to “Click it, or Ticket”. If you are caught without a seat belt you will get a hefty fine, but even worse, you are putting your life in danger. If you do get in a car accident without a seat belt the insurance company will try to pay you less for your injuries because they feel you would not have been as hurt if you would have been properly restrained.
The advantages far out weight the disadvantages. Buckle up Arizona!
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This is the 1st weekend of the year that will be consistently over 100 degrees. It’s important to stay safe and healthy. Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic on how to avoid heat stroke if you’re out and about.
Heatstroke is predictable and preventable. Take these steps to prevent heatstroke during hot weather:
- Wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing. Wearing excess clothing or clothing that fits tightly won’t allow your body to cool properly.
- Wear light-colored clothing if you’re in the sun. Dark clothing absorbs heat. Light-colored clothing can help keep you cool by reflecting the sun’s rays.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature.
- Take extra precautions with certain medications. Be on the lookout for heat-related problems if you take medications that can affect your body’s ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat.
- Never leave children or anyone else in a parked car. This is a common cause of heat-related deaths in children. When parked in the sun, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees F (more than 6.7 C) in just 10 minutes. It’s not safe to leave a person inside a parked car in hot weather for any period of time, even if the windows are cracked or the car is in the shade. When your car is parked, keep it locked to prevent a child from getting inside.
- Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day. If you can’t avoid strenuous activity in hot weather, follow the same precautions and rest frequently in a cool spot. Try to schedule exercise or physical labor for cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening. Taking breaks and replenishing your fluids during that time will help your body regulate your temperature.
- Get acclimatized. Limit the amount you spend working or exercising in the heat until you’re conditioned to it. People who are not used to hot weather are especially susceptible to heat-related illness, including heatstroke. It can take several weeks for your body to adjust to hot weather.
- Be cautious if you’re at increased risk. If you take medications or have a physical condition that increases your risk of heat-related problems, avoid the heat and act quickly if you notice symptoms of overheating. If you participate in a strenuous sporting event or activity in hot weather, make sure there are medical services at the event in case a heat emergency arises.
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