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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

3-year-old Girl Dies After Ingesting Battery - TRAGIC STORY

Kylie Rose Ricards was just like any other 3-year-old girl in many ways. She loved to swim, watch TV and smile anytime a camera was around.

However, in many ways, her life was far different since swallowing a "button" battery at 10 months old, which nearly killed her.

Ricards lived with the complications for nearly three years, always with a smile on her face, until she was found unresponsive on Aug. 19. She died that day.

Kylie's story is shared by around 3,000 children each year who swallow button batteries, something a Bakersfield pediatrician called a big problem.

"There are more and more of these swallowing events every year," said Dr. Fernando Fan. "The way button batteries cause harm, is that when you swallow it ... it's in contact with body fluids. It sets up a current ... and then it will burn through the tissue."

Button batteries are about the size of a nickel, smaller and flat compared to the popular batteries found in most electronics.

These different kind of batteries can be found in mobile devices, calculators, keyless car remotes, as well as weight scales and electronic candles - devices that often come pre-installed with batteries.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Memphis Worker Falls 11 Stories to His Death

A Memphis worker who fell nearly 11 stories died as a result of his injuries.

The man was rushed to The MED in critical condition Tuesday after falling from the top of Poplar Towers onto an SUV in the parking lot.

"It's weird that it would happen where you work that's for sure. It's been all the water cooler talk around here today," said Matthew Mars, who works in the building.

The people who work in the East Memphis building are still reeling after police say a man fell 11 stories from the roof landing on a car parked in the back of the building in a space reserved for employees of Carty and Company.

Police are releasing little information including exactly what happened and why the man was on the roof.
Samantha Gadlen saw the man just after he fell. She said he was dressed in a button down shirt and khaki pants.

"I saw him. I saw his clothing. He had on black shoes, and he had a bandana around his face," she said.
People who work in this building just want to know what happened.

"Everybody is at a loss for words. There's rumors, [but] nobody knows what's going on," said Mars.
Memphis police have not released the identity of the man who fell from Poplar Towers.
Investigators have also not said at this point what caused the fall.

Manholes Explode Injuring 5 and Melting 2 Cars

WOODHAVEN, QUEENS – Several manholes spontaneously exploded in Queens earlier this week.
At approximately 1 a.m. on 88th road in Woodhaven flames spread through two vehicles, melting parts of the cars. Thick smoke and fire covered the neighborhood.

“At one point it was actually a popping sound and the flames just flew higher and then everything got black smoke and people were coming out and everybody was trying to breath,” resident Ines Sanabria said. “It was just crazy. Just something you would see in a movie.”

After the FDNY extinguished the fire, Con Ed sent crews out to repair the damage.
Workers pulled charred cables from underground Thursday morning. According to Con Ed, three customers lost power due to the incident.

Five people were taken to the hospital because of smoke inhalation.


Product Recall Alert:
HALO® SleepSack® Wearable Blanket

Sold exclusively at Babies R’ Us and
December 19, 2011 – July 1, 2013
Description: HALO® SleepSack® wearable blanket, in size small and medium; affected style pictured below:

Reason for Recall: Petal(s) from the floral embellishment may detach, posing a choking hazard to infants.
Identification: Affected products can be identified by the following GPU numbers, found on a neck label under the primary neck label:
  • 2701, 2781, 2886, 2887, 3007, 3035, and 3142
No other styles of HALO SleepSack products are affected by this recall.
Consumer Action: Consumers are advised to immediately discontinue use of the wearable blanket, and to contact Halo Innovations for instructions on how remove the floral embellishment and obtain a free replacement SleepSack wearable blanket.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ovoid these common Summer Vacation injuries...

top ten injuries on summer vacations

Top 10 Summer Activities that Cause Injuries

You’ll probably be surprised by our list of top 10 summer activities that cause the bulk of injuries (many of which can result in serious neck and back pain) because they all sound like so much fun! Remember, helmets have proven to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%. So make sure you wear a helmet. The data below reflects 2011 emergency room visit statistics compiled by the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) which collects data from hospitals across the country:

  1. Bicycle injuries: 550,000
  2. Baseball and softball injuries: 260,000
  3. Playground injuries: 250,000
  4. ATV, mopend and minibike injuries: 220,000
  5. Soccer injuries: 215,000
  6. Swimming injuries: 180,000
  7. Backyard trampoline injuries: 85,000
  8. Volleyball injuries: 60,000
  9. Amusement park, state fair and carnival ride injuries: 40,000
  10. Water sports injuries: 30,000

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lindenhurst Woman Dies After Being Hit By Car

A Lindenhurst woman crossing a street in West Babylon was struck and killed Monday afternoon, Suffolk police said.

Amelia Couvertier, 83, was walking east on Montauk Highway about 3:20 p.m. when she attempted to cross Great East Neck Road, police said. She was struck by a 2008 Toyota Corolla driven by Carol Lawrence, 73, of North Lindenhurst, police said. Lawrence had been traveling east on Montauk Highway when she made a left turn onto Great East Neck Road. According to police, witnesses stated Lawrence had a green arrow when she made the turn and no criminality is suspected.

Couvertier was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where she was later pronounced dead.

Lawrence was not injured. Her car was impounded for a safety check. First Squad detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call 631-854-8152.