Hurricane Preparedness

hurricane-matthew-news1The Southern East Coast is bracing for Hurricane Matthew, which is predicted to be the strongest hurricane to hit the US Coast line in over a decade. The Governor of South Carolina declared for a state of emergency & possible evacuations as Matthew inches closer. Do you know what to do in the event of a strong hurricane hitting where you live or do business?

The National Weather Service has many resources to help you prepare for a hurricane. The first thing the NWS suggests is to know if your area has an evacuation center & know where it is before the storm hits. You should also have a list of everything you will need if you need to evacuate. This is not the time to take all your belongings with you, you must plan to take only the essentials. Including clean clothes, cash, credit cards, bottled water, and a basic first aid supply kit.

Keep an eye on weather forecasts, hurricanes can be very unpredictable. Also make sure that your homeowners & business insurance provides for hurricane & flood damage…this is not something you want to find out after the fact.

National Weather Service. . “What to Do Before the Tropical Storm or Hurricane”.

USA Today. “Florida, Carolinas brace for fury of Hurricane Matthew” October 5th 2016.

Be Careful About Your Waiver Wording

Dodge Ball Trampoline Park

A news station in New Jersey reports that a family will be able to proceed with their lawsuit against a trampoline park regardless of wording in the waiver that states that the participant is signing over the right to bring the trampoline park to trial.  The wording of the waiver stated that the dispute would have to go through arbitration rather than through the courts. On July 13th, 2016 the court ruled that this was not enforceable because it did not make it clear that the signee was signing over their right to sue. The agreement also did not explain how arbitration differs from a trial in court.

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Horrific Carnival Ride Accident in Nebraska

Girl Scalped by Carnival Ride

At a Cinco de Mayo carnival in Omaha, Nebraska an 11 year old girl’s scalp was torn from her head when her long hair got caught in a carnival ride called “King’s Crown”. Witnesses say that she slipped from her seat onto the floor of the ride and her hair got caught in the spinning mechanism in the middle of the ride. The ride kept spinning for up to 5-10 minutes as people yelled for the operator to stop the ride. She also suffered a skull fracture in the incident. Graphic images after her surgery show where her scalp was reattached right along her eyes. Her family says the doctor’s do not know if the girl will ever be able to see again.

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“Captain Bubble” to attempt Bermuda journey in homemade water ball

(Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel)

Reza Baluchi nicknamed “Captain Bubble” plans on making a second attempt to roll his inflatable bubble from Pompano Beach Florida all the way to Bermuda in the ocean. His water ball is a homemade inflatable bubble encased in attached tracks, which he calls his “Hydro Pod”. His first attempt to make the 1,033 mile trip in 2014 ended in him having to be rescued by the US Coast Guard. Despite his previous failure he has made plans to try again.

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Paralyzed Man Sues Trampoline Park


According to various local news stations in Minneapolis Minnesota a 39 year man is suing the Airmaxx Trampoline Park for an injury that happened last summer. As seen in the video the man tried to do a double flip into the foam pit. Unfortunately, he landed on his neck and is now paralyzed. The lawsuit against the trampoline park is alleging that the center did not have a deep enough foam pit for someone to jump into safely.

The attorney from the trampoline park expressed condolences for the accident, but that the trampoline park does not think that they were at fault. The attorney cited that the man did sign a waiver and that the customers are instructed before entering the trampoline area not to exceed their capabilities.  According to the injured man’s attorney he only signed a waiver as a guardian for his son and not himself. The lawsuit is still in it’s early stages. Continue reading “Paralyzed Man Sues Trampoline Park”

Escape Room Safety & Making the Most Out of Your Game

Before the Escape Room

I went to my first Escape Room this weekend, “The Zombie Apocalypse”. The experience was great! But their were some things that the creators may not have thought of in terms of safety. I would like to share some of my experience so that other Escape Room’s can think about these things when setting up their game.

1. When we first went in the room we in the pitch dark with a very small dim flashlight. It made for a very creepy experience. Then the screen says: “You don’t have to do this in the dark”…okay, so I start going all the room looking for a switch and the next thing you know I am tripping over an IV pole. A few seconds later my daughter did the same thing. Phew, finally got the light on, much better! Continue reading “Escape Room Safety & Making the Most Out of Your Game”

Trampoline Parks, the newest fad in recent years…or are they?

LIFE May 2, 1960,  Vol. 48, No. 17

Trampoline Parks have been popping up all over the U.S. in recent years. While many may think that this is a new type of entertainment it was actually a big fad in the late 1950’s & early 1960’s. The parks were usually created in large grass lots full of pits that the trampolines were put into.

Jumpers could pay 25-50 cents to jump on the trampolines for a half hour. According to a May, 1960 article in LIFE magazine, the parks had gone from three in the Los Angeles area in the fall, to 175 in May. They said that the trampolines parks were opening at a rate of 10 a week. The article reported that their were accidents such as a 16 year old boy dying after dislocating his neck…but that “most of the injuries are sprains and bruises and insurance companies say that the rate of accidents is statistically low”. Continue reading “Trampoline Parks, the newest fad in recent years…or are they?”

Auto Insurance: The least & most expensive 2016 vehicles to insure


If you are in the market for a brand new car you might want to take a look at Property Casualty 360’s list of 2016 model auto insurance rates. They made up a list of both the top 10 least expensive models to insure & the top 10 most expensive autos to insure. The Insurance Information Institute says that car insurance rates vary based on the cost of the car, the safety record of the vehicle & also things such as how likely the vehicle is to be stolen. As you look at the list below remember that we provide auto insurance for new or used cars! Continue reading “Auto Insurance: The least & most expensive 2016 vehicles to insure”

Historic landmark creates a new level to Escape Rooms


Escape Manor in Ottawa, Canada has announced that they will launching the “world’s largest” escape room today (March 9th). The new escape room takes place in the historical “Diefenbunker”. The Diefenbunker was created secretly in 1959 during the cold war as a place to house important government officials in case of a nuclear attack in Canada. According to the Diefenbunker Museum it was the site of many top-secret communications during the cold war.

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Family gets $11.5 Million in trampoline park lawsuit


According to CBS news a Texas teenager that was injured at a trampoline park franchise called Cosmic Jump has been granted $11.5 million in damages. This is the largest lawsuit ever against a trampoline park. The teenager was sliding down a trampoline slide and when he got to the bottom a tear in the trampoline opened further causing him to fall through. He fell five feet and hit his head on the concrete floor below the trampoline.

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