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AAA Issues Halloween Safety Tips for Motorists and Trick or Treaters  

Halloween is an exciting time of year for many young people, but it also holds its share of hidden dangers, particularly around roadways.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.

“Safety is a responsibility we all share,” said Nick Jarmusz, director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group.  “A safe Halloween means making yourself visible and exercising caution – both for motorists and pedestrians.”

To help make this a safe Halloween, AAA offers these tips:

Motorists

  • Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential areas.  Children may unexpectedly dart out in the street or from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.  In dark costumes, they will be harder to see at night.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
  • Drive sober. Nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes on Halloween night involve a drunk driver.  Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink.  Visit www.PreventDUI.AAA.com to learn more.

 

Parents

  • Parents are encouraged to walk children door to door while trick-or-treating, showing children safe places to cross the street.
  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.
  • Bring a flashlight to help trick-or-treaters see and be seen.
  • Pick a costume that is safe for your child to move in and see out of.   Buy costumes and wigs labeled “flame resistant.”

 

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Cross the street and corners using traffic signals and crosswalks.  Look both ways between crossing and keep an eye on the road while you are crossing.
  • Wear light colored clothing or costumes with reflective material or tape for the best visibility.    Consider using nontoxic face paint instead of masks to avoid obstructing vision.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.Only visit homes that have the porch light on and never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Always have an adult check your treats before you eat. Discard anything that looks like it has been unwrapped or tampered with.

Parents can pick up free trick-or-treat bags for their kids at any AAA Wisconsin branch office.  For a list of locations, please visit www.AAA.com.

For additional tips to keep Halloween safe, visit http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/child-safety/halloween-safety

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Wisconsin Working: Progress in Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Detection

State Agencies highlight efforts during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that they are pleased with the progress the state is making in preventing childhood lead poisoning, but both agencies acknowledge that there is work left to do.

“We are moving closer to our goal of no child ever being exposed to the damage lead can do to their bodies and minds, thanks in part to efforts made by Governor Scott Walker, our local and tribal health departments, and our other partners,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown.

A report published by DHS in September showed that in 2016, there were more than 4,300 Wisconsin children who were tested and found to have too much lead in their bodies. Over the last 20 years, lead poisoning cases were identified in every county in the state.

As part of the 2017-2019 biennial budget, Governor Walker signed into law a measure that changes the amount of lead considered harmful to a child in accordance to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This change allows for the identification of more children exposed to lead, which in turn allows for faster intervention to remove the source of lead from the child’s environment. In Wisconsin, a greater proportion of children under age 6 are tested, compared to the national average, however, Wisconsin also has a greater proportion of older homes, which are more likely to pose lead hazards. Consequently, Wisconsin identifies a greater proportion of children under age 6 with lead exposure than the national average.

DHS and its local partners are also working closely with child care providers to encourage parents to get their children tested for lead, and to identify and remove lead hazards in their child care facilities. DHS recommends all kids who live or spend time in older homes or buildings be tested for lead exposure.

While lead paint continues to be the most common source of lead exposure to children, states are also working to reduce lead exposure in drinking water systems. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently provided lead line service replacement funding for communities, encourages testing of private water supplies and provides tips on ways to reduce lead exposure in drinking water. You can find out more information by visiting the DNR’s  website and searching keywords “drinking water.”

October 22 through October 28 is Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week across the nation. Experts on lead and lead poisoning from DHS and DNR are hosting a Facebook Roundtable on Thursday, November 2 at 12:00 p.m. to answer frequently asked questions about sources of lead and preventing lead exposure.

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Be Careful Singing in Montreal

A Montreal man who was loudly singing along to C+C Music Factory’s 1990 hit “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” was ticketed and fined $149 by police for singing in his car, reports CTV News.

Taoufik Moalla says he was on his way to buy a bottle of water on September 27 when he heard a police siren behind him.

Moalla told CTV, “I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car. Then they asked me if I screamed. I said, ‘No, I was just singing.'”

Moalla said police ran his license and registration and then issued him the $149 dollar ticket for screaming in public. He noted, “I said, ‘Okay, thank you,’ because I know I can contest the ticket. They were doing their job.”

According to a Montreal bylaw, “to cause disorder by screaming” violates “peace and tranquility” and can be punishable by a fine of $50 to $1,000 for the first offense and $100 to $2,000 for any additional infractions.

Moalla said he is now waiting for his court date to contest the ticket, which could take up to one year.

Moalla’s wife said she wasn’t shocked that her husband’s singing earned him a fine. He explained, “She told me, if it was for singing, I’d have given you a ticket for $300.”

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Kit Kat Quesadillas Have Arrived

Taco Bell is testing Kit Kat quesadillas at select locations in Wisconsin. The new item is dubbed the Kit Kat Chocoladilla. Instead of filling a quesadilla with the standard cheese and chicken, the chain is filling the flour tortilla with broken bits of melted Kit Kats.

A representative for Taco Bell confirmed the item to Mashable. It’s being sold for $1.

Some other locations in the state have a Twix-infused version as well, according to the blog Brand Eating.

The item testing reportedly will continue through mid-November. A rep for Taco Bell told Mashable that “customer response” to the testing will determine if Chocoladillas will eventually roll out nationwide.

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Amazon Delivers Weed Now?

A Florida couple got a big surprise when they opened the package they ordered from Amazon.

WFTV reports that an Orlando couple, who asked not to be identified, ordered plastic bins to put some household items into storage.

The bins arrived with 65 pounds of marijuana.

“They were extremely heavy, heavier than you would think from ordering four empty bins,” the customer said.

The marijuana was in boxes inside the bins and when they opened the boxes, they were hit with a powerful odor.

“When the first officer got here, she was in disbelief,” the woman said.

Orlando police seized the drugs and launched an investigation. There have been no arrests but the package appears to have been shipped by Amazon’s Warehouse Deals via UPS from a facility in Massachusetts.

Amazon says that it will work with law enforcement to investigate the case.

According to the WFTV report, the couple ordered the “Homz Durabilt Tough Storage Tote Box, 27 Gallon, Black with Yellow Lid, Stackable, 4-Pack” which retails for $40.17 plus $19.82 shipping.

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Wisconsin Native & NASCAR Crew Member Dies

James “Jim” Watson, a road-crew fabricator for Furniture Row Racing’s NASCAR Cup Series teams, passed away Saturday night at the age of 55 after suffering a heart attack.

A native of Greenfield, Wisconsin, Jim had been a member of Furniture Row Racing since February 2017. He worked for Roush Fenway Racing from 2006-2015 and spent last season with HScott Motorsports. Jim was a longtime race car driver, competing in dirt late models and in asphalt super late models throughout southeast Wisconsin.

He is survived by his wife, Laurie, and daughter Brittany.

 

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Gross Dental Floss Substitutes

Dentists agree flossing is key to good dental health, but the way many people go about it is pretty gross, according to a survey commissioned by the folks who know about such things: Waterpik.

The poll of more than a thousand Americans found that 61% have used their fingernails to clean their pearly whites, while 40% have used folded up cards or other bits of paper.

21% say they’ve used a knife, fork, or spoon to do the job. Safety pins stand in for floss for 14% of those surveyed, while half that number 7%, say they’ve used their own hair.

For the record, more than two-thirds of those surveyed know they shouldn’t be using stuff like that to floss their teeth, and many reported suffering pain as a result of their picking.

Not surprisingly, dentists don’t approve. Dr. Brittany Seymour, a professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine noted in a press release about the survey, “It’s really easy to use clean and safe items on-the-go and at home — like string floss, dental picks and water flossers.”

For the record, only 16% admitted they floss at least once a day.