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Keven Moore: Parades are risky; moving vehicles, floats, balloons, crowds — what can go wrong?

Every Thanksgiving Day our family has always had a long-standing family tradition of watching the Macy’ Thanksgiving Day Parade while the meal is being prepared. It’s been a staple for our family going way back to the day when there was much anticipation and buildup for the final float to arrive where Santa comes riding into town to kick off the Christmas season.    This parade had had a long...

Keven Moore: Watch out for deer, especially these next three weeks; collisions with them are dangerous

It’s that time of year again where we see an increase in deer-vehicle collisions, which usually starts in October, and November is typically the worst month because that’s when mating season is at its peak. Because the unseasonably warmer start to Fall this year, I have noticed while out traveling these Kentucky roads that I haven’t seen that many Deer this past month of October. Some believe...

Keven Moore: Halloween can be scary and dangerous, as well as fun; please take all precautions

Halloween is a fun festive and spooky time of the year for kids as many homeowners go all out to decorate their homes to add a little extra fright into the night. However it’s a holiday that comes with consequences, and I’m not talking about skinned knees and or sugar highs either. It a very dangerous night for many and I’m not referring to the likes of Michael Myers in the film Halloween or...

Keven Moore: Think your business is to small for OSHA? Not exactly! Any company can be inspected

As a risk management and safety consultant I have learned that there is a common myth out there that OSHA can’t inspect companies with less than 10 employees — but this isn’t true. Yes OSHA is a small agency and I have heard that the odds of being randomly inspected by OSHA are once every 77 years, but that comes with some footnotes: 1- None of your employees calls in a safety complaint...

Keven Moore: Hayrides may be a right of passage during the fall, but real dangers exist on the trail

As the leaves begin to change colors and the pumpkins come out, many families will be attending fall outings and festivals where hayrides have been fall tradition for decades. Hayrides are designed for a relaxing and scenic activity consisting of a recreational ride in a wagon or cart pulled by a tractor, horses or a truck, which has been loaded with hay or straw for comfortable seating. Historically...

Keven Moore: Believe it or not, there are hazards in the popular corn maze; be careful everywhere!

October is a couple of weeks away and it’s that time of the year again where fall is in the air and haunted houses, corn mazes, and hayrides will be in full swing.    In the past I have highlighted just how dangerous haunted house are in the past, but what about corn mazes? Can somebody get hurt or possibly killed in these confusing tangled mazes?  In October 2014 an 18-year-old Washington man...

Keven Moore: What to do to reduce PTSD with first responders? Needs to be treated as workplace issue

In Covington, after 26 years of service, Assistant Chief Chip Terry went into a deep depression shortly after retirement. Everybody I have talked to who knew him has told me that he was a wonderful family man who loved his community and his children. But his service to the community took a toll on his life and in September 2017 he took his own life. In a speech that recapped his life at his retirement,...

Keven Moore: First responders and the risk of PTSD — the problems are real and need to be addressed

As a parent of three adult kids, I have raised them to always show first responders the respect that they deserve. To role model this behavior my kids have seen me buy first responders meals while we were out visiting a local restaurant or they have seen me go out of my way to stop and thank them for the work that they do.  Like most of us, my kids have had some encounters or witnessed situations...

Keven Moore: Escape Rooms are a popular, trendy form of entertainment — but are they dangerous?

Around the world, Escape Rooms are a booming form of entertainment that has swept this country in the last few years. An Escape Room, also known as an “escape game,” is a live‐action team‐based game where players are confined inside a space and must cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific...

Keven Moore: Shark Week coming up; just how dangerous are they and how to protect yourself

Every summer, the Discovery Channel stokes my fear of sharks, by airing their much-anticipated program called “Shark Week.” Shark Week is an annual, week-long TV programming block which features which will air this July 28 to Aug. 4. It not only features celebrities such as Adam Devine, Damon Wayans, Jr., and Joel McHale swimming with sharks, Josh Duhamel stars as a capsized captain in grave...

Keven Moore: Electrical shock drowning is a silent killer — please be careful when boating this summer

Boats can be a great source of summer fun and leisure as 141.6 million Americans go boating every year. According to the National Marine Manufacturer Association, there are 12 million boats registered in the US, with 173,344 of them being registered in the state of Kentucky. There are approximately 12,000 marinas nationwide, 1.1 million boat slips in the United States and in Kentucky I counted 123...

Keven Moore: End of the year senior pranks can be risky, costly and become part of a permanent record

It’s that time of year again where high school seniors are basking in the glory of their Senior Year Prank, while ‘Soon To Be Seniors” (juniors) are starting to strategize their plan of attack for the upcoming year. A senior prank is a type of organized prank pulled by the senior class of a school, designed to cause chaos and hilarity just days before graduation. The pranks are usually carried...

Keven Moore: A pressure washer can be a useful tool, but users should be aware of its hazards

A pressure washer is a power tool that sprays water at high pressures to remove loose paint, mold, algae, grime, dust, mud, chewing gum and dirt from surfaces and objects like buildings, fences, masonry, vehicles, concrete or asphalt surfaces such as driveways or patios. Courtesy of the Home Depot website The pressure washer was invented back in the late 1920s, and its use was slow to grow, but today...

Keven Moore: Taking the fun out of everything — but inflatables can be dangerous; be watchful

How dangerous are inflatable slides or bounce houses? Well, that depends on if you ask my college-aged daughter Amanda who had an incident that would cause most kids to develop a phobia of inflatables. This incident occurred when she was just 4-years-old playing alone inside an inflatable moonwalk right next to us as my wife and I were watching our oldest daughter compete in a softball game. We were...

Keven Moore: There are risks associated with a Disney vacation, but don’t let that stop you

It’s that time of the year where many of us are finalizing our summer vacation plans and dreaming of some far away tropical Caribbean beach somewhere. Then there are those of you like my childhood classmate, Kevin Fugette, who is a self-professed “Disney Crusader” who is always planning their umpteenth Disney vacation trip. As I write, he is actually visiting Disney World for his 30th visit....

Keven Moore: How safe is your child’s summer camp; check it out and look for ACA accreditation

This time of the year parents everywhere are scrambling to plan out their summer schedule, including summer camps for the kids. Summer camps for kids today could mean weeks of wilderness immersion with time spent swimming, rock climbing, singing and making crafts and making wonderful memories. For many children, summer camp is a right of passage. There are camps for about every interest – swimming,...

Keven Moore: National Safety Stand-Down Week May 6-10 aims to prevent falls in construction

With the warmer weather, many new construction projects have begun and workers all across the United States have grabbed their tools, hard-hats and lunch pale and are back on the job. According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the industry has more than 680,000 employers with over 7 million employees and creates nearly $1.3 trillion worth of structures each year. The numbers...

Keven Moore: Old wives tale — is it really dangerous to take shower, talk on phone when there’s lightning?

Growing up, I was told like a zillion times that it wasn’t safe to take a shower, do dishes or even talk on the telephone if there was a thunderstorm occurring outside our home. I thought that it was just my parent’s way of trying to get me off the phone, but as a typical boy I often times welcomed such safety advice as an excuse to get out of household chores and having to take a bath....

Keven Moore: Spring has arrived, yard needs mowing, but grass clippings can be dangerous . . .

It’s springtime again, and like bears coming out of hibernation, motorcyclists are now crisscrossing our streets and roadways as riders are out enjoying the warmer weather and freedom that a bike provides. It’s also that time of year when many homeowners are gassing up lawn mowers and rushing out to mow down those pesky dandelions. Many homeowners and landowners will not give much thought as to...

Keven Moore: Pedestrian fatalities increasing; look up from your phone to see some safety tips

For the last the nine years I have had an adult kid attending either at the University of Kentucky or Eastern Kentucky University. Often times I will find myself on campus attending some event, dropping something off or seeing to some other declared emergency for one of my kids. Each time I am driving around campus I am amazed to see how many of these students are walking across intersections or walkways...