Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian-car accidents on Halloween between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

PHOTO: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/car accidents on Halloween between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.

As kids prepare to put on their costumes and roam from house to house Thursday, parents and neighbors should keep in mind that their presence on the road and around homes requires additional caution.

Travelers, an insurance provider, recently released the following five tips on how to stay safe during Halloween and keep the holiday trick-free.

Be Smart About Decorations Placement

Do not overload electrical outlets when plugging in your scary indoor décor, especially the older decorations.

“We like to focus on and recognize decorations on many different holidays,” senior property specialist Jim Gustin said on website Travelers Risk Control, citing a National Fire Prevention Association statistic that estimates decorations were the item first ignited in an average of 1,000 reported home structure fires per year between 2006 and 2010.

When it comes to setting up outdoor decorations, follow manufacturer instructions to help avoid unexpected damage to your home or guests.

Set Up Spooky Candles With Care

“We recommend whenever possible that folks use battery-operated candles,” Gustin said. “If they are going to use candles inside of Jack-o’-Lanterns, make sure they are away from curtains, trees or combustible decorations.” Also keep in mind how easily these spooky candles can be knocked over by a pet, guest or child, he told ABC News. It’s always helpful to keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher accessible, filled and ready for operation.

Make Sure Your Doorway Is Safe for Trick-or-Treaters

Don’t “trick” Halloween-goers when they knock on your door this year. Check for damage to your roof and clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating.

“We in the risk-control department are all about keeping people safe, whether it’s from wires or preventing slips, trips and or falls,” Gustin said. “Make sure that driveways and walkways are cleaned up and well maintained. Also lighting at transitions between the driveway and the walkway can prevent a potentially dangerous situation where someone could slip.”

Pay Close Attention When Driving

More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian-car accidents on Halloween between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., compared with the same hours on other days throughout the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Eliminate any distractions you might have and keep your eye on the road for any Halloween activity and trick-or-treaters, Travelers advises.

Be a Safe Pedestrian

Like drivers, it’s important to stay alert and pay attention when walking from house to house with trick-or-treaters, Travelers recommends. “We want to stress to folks as they or their children are out walking on Halloween that they need to pay attention, have a flashlight and have reflective clothing,” Gustin said. “If people don’t have their lights on, don’t approach those homes because it has the potential to be a more dangerous situation.”

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BMC’s Joe Blansfield, NP receives University of Connecticut School of Nursing Alumni Award


SHARON —Colonel Joseph S. Blansfield of Sharon, is one of five University of Connecticut School of Nursing alumni who received an award as part of the school’s annual Reflections of Excellence ceremony, which was held on Oct. 5.

Blansfield, a 1975 graduate of the school, received the Eleanor K. Gill Outstanding Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing. This award was established to honor the second dean of the School of Nursing, Eleanor K. Gill (1967-1979), for her exceptional dedication to clinical practice.

Blansfield is a UConn School of Nursing baccalaureate alumnus who earned a master of science degree in nursing from Boston University. He is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner.

His clinical background spans over 35 years and includes working in numerous roles in the emergency department of the Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center (BMC).

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A few words from Dr. Timothy Lepore from Nantucket Hospital

“When we need help with things I rely on two people. I rely on Boston MedFlight and Boston Medical Center. One to get my patients up to Boston Medical Center and then the excellent care that’s provided at Boston Medical Center for all of our patients that have significant trauma.” – Dr. Tim Lepore, Nantucket Hospital

NHTSA Finds More Than a Third of Children Killed in Crashes Were Not in Car Seats or Wearing Seat Belts

WASHINGTON – According to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than a third of children under age 13 who died in passenger vehicle crashes in 2011 were not in car seats or wearing seat belts. To help eliminate these deaths, and as part of Child Passenger Safety Week, NHTSA is highlighting the important safety benefits associated with the proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.

“Safety is our top priority, particularly when it comes to protecting our children – who are our most vulnerable passengers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Parents and caregivers can be the first line of defense by ensuring their children are correctly secured in the right seat for their size and age, and by buckling up themselves.”

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Lessons from the Marathon bombing

By Jeffrey Kalish


Working at Boston’s largest Level One Trauma Center, the staff at Boston Medical Center care for patients with complicated medical issues every day. But as we all have come to understand, April 15, 2013, was not like any other day, and the events that our nation observed have forever changed the way many of us approach medicine.

All of us at BMC who were involved with Marathon Monday and its aftermath think about that day while moving forward with our daily lives and work. We all had different reactions and adjustments to the violence that transpired six months ago. While many of us are still working through our personal challenges associated with the tragedy, many more have likely placed the incident in a mental storage compartment in order to facilitate forward progress. However, not a day goes by when we do not think about the Marathon and how we can take the lessons learned and apply them to our future trauma victims and patients.

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