Oklahoma Law Injury Blog


Fourth of July Fun: Fireworks Safety

Noble McIntyre on June 30, 2015

Are you getting geared up for a holiday weekend of barbecues, friends, family and fun? At McIntyre Law, we’re all about fun… but we also know that it’s important to be safe. No holiday is a good one when it ends in a trip to the ER (or worse). For lots of people, the hallmark of a great Independence Day is the traditional fireworks display. You might be planning to sit back, relax and enjoy the show put on by your town or community. But, lots of people decide to bring the festivities home with them by setting off their own fireworks right in their backyards, at campsites or wherever they happen to be. If that’s the case, there are several fireworks safety precautions that you should keep in mind, to keep the holiday safe and fun for all.

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Unforeseen Impact of Oil Drilling: Oklahoma Earthquakes

Noble McIntyre on June 23, 2015

When you live over a thousand miles from California, you probably feel that earthquakes are not a big concern in your day-to-day life. But, for some parts of Oklahoma, that has changed dramatically in the past few years. In fact, earthquakes are rattling Oklahoma 600 times more frequently than they did before 2008. That means that the state experiences an average of two earthquakes per day that have a magnitude of three or greater on the Richter Scale. Specifically, people in central and north central Oklahoma are feeling lots of quakes – and, now, Oklahoma has surpassed California in the number of recorded earthquakes.

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Boating Safety: More than Sink or Swim

Noble McIntyre on June 16, 2015

Long, lazy summer days on the boat are the stuff of which dreams are made – but, dreams can become nightmares if you don’t take the proper precautions to be sure that you’re boating safely. Whether you’re out in a kayak or rowboat, or sailing or cruising in a speedboat, you must be sure that everyone aboard is prepared and that the boat is in accordance with all safety regulations.

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School’s Out for Summer!

Noble McIntyre on June 9, 2015

No more pencils, no more books… another school year has come to a close, and that means one thing: The kids are free!! Well, maybe not exactly free, but they are out in droves, enjoying the summer weather and their newfound freedom from the classroom. Whether you’re a parent or not, that also means that you have to be hyper-aware when driving because there is more of a likelihood that children will be out and about during the day doing what kids do—darting after a stray ball in the road, playing a spirited game of tag, chasing after a neighborhood kitten, or just engaging in basic roughhousing without necessarily being aware of their surroundings.

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Sunscreen: Might be a Chore, But Definitely a Lifesaver

Noble McIntyre on June 2, 2015

Do you use sunscreen each time you’re outside? Lots of people don’t, because either they don’t like it, don’t want to be bothered, or don’t think it’s necessary. But, regardless of your skin tone and pigment, sunscreen is essential, especially in the summer months when the sun is strong, and it can save your life.

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Swimming Pool Safety: Think Twice When Having Fun in the Sun

Noble McIntyre on May 27, 2015

Summer is practically here, and for lots of us, swimming in community or backyard pools is a favorite pastime. But, sadly, tragedies do happen – too often. Whether you have a pool in your yard and you’re mindful about your premises liability with respect to your pool, or if you just want to ensure safe swimming for your family, there are some guidelines you can follow so that everyone has a safe and fun summer.

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Major Airbag Recall Affects 34 Million Vehicles

Noble McIntyre on May 20, 2015

Our cars have airbags to keep us safe – but a serious defect is actually putting us in greater danger. One of the world’s largest airbag manufacturers, the Japanese company Takata, acknowledged yesterday that its products have been malfunctioning for a long time. While Takata airbags have been subject to recalls prior to now, the recall has been expanded to double the number of vehicles recalled in the United States.

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It’s Mosquito Season (scratch, scratch)! Stay Free of Mosquito-borne Illness

Noble McIntyre on May 19, 2015

Chances are, when you were growing up, mosquito bites were just an annoyance. Being bitten was part of being outside in the summertime, and the biggest challenge was trying not to scratch. Now, however, we’re seeing mosquito-borne illnesses in parts of the United States, and some can cause serious health effects.

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Stay Safe in a Tornado or other Weather Emergency!

Noble McIntyre on May 12, 2015

According to OKC.gov, Oklahoma City has had more tornado strikes than any other U.S. city. That means that residents in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas have to be vigilant and aware of the dangers so that you know what do—and how to do it fast—when one hits close to home.

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Hazards in the Home: Protect Your Children from this Common Household Danger

Noble McIntyre on May 5, 2015

You would expect your home to be a place where your children are safest. Many new parents take great care to “baby-proof” a home by searching high and low for any potential hazards to their precious little ones. Thankfully, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission helps to ensure that products are tested and safe for use in the home. But, it can’t prevent every accident, and there’s one very common household item that continues to be a leading cause of strangulation deaths in children under age five: window blind cords.

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