Avoiding Foodborne Illness During Summertime

Written by Rebecca Lynch

Edited and checked for accuracy by Johneal M. White

Cases of foodborne illness spike during the summer, primarily due to the higher temperatures. It is very important to take certain precautions during these summer months. Here are a few things you can do to try and prevent foodborne illness from affecting your family and friends.

  1. Handle Raw Food and Cooked Food Separately

Don’t use the same materials to prepare raw foods and cooked foods, such as cutting boards and knives, no matter how much dish-washing it will save. Also, don’t store these foods in the same storage containers in the fridge. This will keep already cooked food from coming into contact with more bacteria.

  1. Cook meat thoroughly

Bacteria can linger in meat if it’s not cooked all the way through, such as in rare burgers. Be sure to cook burgers and sausages fully, especially when at a cookout. If you’re at a cookout and are not the one cooking, check the middle of your burger to make sure it’s not too red.

  1. Don’t Leave Picnic/Barbecue Foods out Past Two Hours

It’s never a good idea to leave leftovers out for long, so why would outdoor food be any exception? If you aren’t eating near a refrigerator, bring an ice chest or freezer bag to store any leftovers in.

  1. Wash Your Hands

When you’re outdoors while camping, picnicking, and barbecuing, it’s easy to forget to wash your hands. In the event that there isn’t a sink nearby, toss some hand sanitizer in your bag to use before you eat or handle food.

This blog is not intended, nor is it, legal advice, and it does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and blogger. If you are injured this summer, it is best to seek legal advice, as soon as possible, regarding your specific incident.

Have a Great Summer

Written by Rebecca Lynch

Edited and checked for accuracy by Johneal M. White

Summertime is finally here, and for many people that means an abundance of swimming, boating, water-skiing, tubing, and so many other water activities. Even though summer feels like a time for freedom, there are some good tips about having the best summer possible that you should consider.

1. Wear a life jacket while you’re on a boat, even if you know how to swim.

In the case of a boating accident, you could become disoriented and drown. Wearing a life jacket while boating is similar to wearing a seat belt while driving; it can save your life the in the event of a collision. Whether you know how to swim or not, it’s a good idea to keep your life jacket on and secured while you’re on a boat.

2. Don’t drink while on a boat.

Although it is illegal to drink and operate a boat in the state of Virginia, that doesn’t always stop people from doing so. Alcohol use is the number one cause of boating accidents, so it’s a good idea to refrain from drinking while boating.

3. Listen to Lifeguards.

When a lifeguard tells you to stop running around the pool, it’s a good idea to listen. Slip and fall injuries are very common at public pools and swim areas, and can end in permanent brain damage or even death.

4. Wear sunscreen.

This tip is often overlooked until it’s too late. This tip is the best way to take care of your skin in the summer, and help prevent skin cancer. Not to mention the fact that sunburn is quite painful and can prevent you from spending your time outside during a vacation.

This blog is not intended, nor is it, legal advice, and it does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and blogger. If you are injured this summer, it is best to seek legal advice, as soon as possible, regarding your specific incident.

Practice Safe Driving While on Vacation

Written by Rebecca Lynch

Edited and checked for accuracy by Melissa W. Robinson

Summer is finally here, which for many families means vacation.  Unfortunately, the rate of motor vehicle accidents spikes during these times. If you are planning to drive long distances during a vacation, be sure to take some precautions in order to arrive at your destination safely.

Drowsy Driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. If you begin to feel drowsy during a car trip, pull over to a rest stop or gas station. Taking a break to nap, grab a coffee, and/or stretch can help you avoid a crash, which in turn can save you a lot of time and medical bills. The break is worth it.

You may think it’s a no-brainer, but don’t speed. Although it might feel good to get to your destination before your GPS says you will, the risk involved is not worth it. Getting pulled over to receive a ticket wastes your time and money, and makes your trip longer than it would have been if you just went the speed limit. Not to mention the fact that if you get in a car crash, you may never make it to your destination.

Please make good decisions while driving. We hope you have a wonderful vacation, and that you arrive safely!

This blog is not intended, nor is it, legal advice, and it does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and blogger. If you are injured this summer, it is best to seek legal advice, as soon as possible, regarding your specific incident.

Five Things You Should Do For Your Kids During a Divorce

Written by Rebecca Lynch

Edited and checked for accuracy by Melissa W. Robinson

The end of a relationship with a spouse can be hard. There are so many details to worry about that the whole ordeal can be overwhelming. Throughout a divorce, couples with children need to worry not only about their experience but also about what their kids are going through. This experience is especially trying for them, so here are a few tips about what you should do for your kids during the divorce process.
1. Don’t pressure them to pick sides.
There are many reasons why married couples decide to get a divorce, and some of those reasons leave hard feelings between them. Despite these feelings, you should never make your kids feel like they need to pick a parent. Having to choose one parent is far too much stress for a child, and can leave them feeling more strain in this divorce than you are.
2. Treat them with respect.
Even if your kids are young, they deserve to know what is going on. Kids are smart, and they can tell when something’s not right. Be upfront with your kids about the divorce. They are a part of the family too and need to know what’s happening in order to anticipate the upcoming changes in their life.
3. Don’t use them as a therapy session.
Your kids will always love you and want to help you during this time. That doesn’t mean that you should worry them about your problems. All this will accomplish is adding unnecessary stress to your child. If you need someone to talk to, visit a licensed therapist. They will know so much more about how to help you than your child does.
4. Don’t talk badly about your Ex in front of them.
Even if you hate your Ex, your child likely doesn’t. That person is still their mom or dad. Your child has their DNA, habits, and dimples. When you insult your Ex in front of your kids, they may feel like you are insulting them as well.
5. Be there for them.
As much heartache and stress as you are going through, your kids are having just as rough of a time. Make sure that you’re there when they need someone to talk to. Don’t try to buy their love and affection, but make sure that you give them your time instead.

This blog is not intended, nor is it, legal advice, and it does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and blogger. If you are injured this summer, it is best to seek legal advice, as soon as possible, regarding your specific incident.

Splish, Splash: Swimming Pool Liability

Written by Amy E. McLaren

School is out, the sun is shining, and a great place to entertain kids (and adults) in the summer is by the pool. While water activities can provide hours of entertainment, there are also many dangers associated with poolside fun. Whether you own a swimming pool or plan to visit one this summer, below are some important reminders:

If you own a swimming pool, what steps should you take to prevent a dangerous situation?

  • First, confirm that your homeowners’ or umbrella insurance policy provides coverage for your swimming pool. Many homeowners’ policies exclude swimming pool coverage, and you do not want to be held personally liable for an accident at your pool.
  • Second, remove toys and floats from the pool once playtime is over. Often children will wander, unsupervised, to the water to retrieve a toy.
  • Third, and even better than removing toys, install a fence, alarm system, or pool cover that can be used when no one should be poolside. Especially if children are in your house or nearby, set precautions to prevent unknown visitors or accidental drownings.

What should you do if you’re injured at a swimming pool?

  • Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries!
  • Generally, public swimming pools and/or public water parks are governed by the municipalities in which they lie, so an action for injury may include a claim against the locality.
  • According to Virginia law, when swimming at a private pool, your ability to recover may depend on your “status” at that property. Social guests are generally classified as licensees and as such, property owners may be liable for your injuries if they neglected to warn you of certain conditions on the property.

 

This blog is not intended, nor is it, legal advice, and it does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and blogger. If you are injured at a swimming pool this summer, it is best to seek legal advice, as soon as possible, regarding your specific incident.