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Keven Moore: Driving with snow and ice on top of your hood is dangerous and may be illegal

It’s January and once again it’s that time of the year in Kentucky when we are most at risk to receive a major snowfall for our region, and unlike our childhood, many of us don’t get the luxury of staying home on a snow day.  For those less fortunate and don’t have the luxury of a garage for your vehicle, scraping the ice and snow off of your windshield is pretty much the last thing many of...

Keven Moore: As New Year’s Eve celebration looms, be careful of those flying champagne corks

If your New Year’s Eve plans this year includes shaking up a good bottle of champagne, popping the cork with two thumbs, and spraying nearby partygoers in a wild frenzy as you bring in the New Year you might want to reconsider. Popping open a bottle of champagne always seems very glamorous on TV, but if you’ve done it in real life, it can cause a serious injury. The fact is every year...

Keven Moore: Half of all eye injuries occur at home, just as Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie

If you are a fan or viewer of The Today Show then you probably noticed that anchor Savannah Guthrie was absent from the NBC morning show last week while she underwent eye surgery after injury. She is still working to repair the retina in her right eye, which tore last month while she was playing with her 3-year-old son Charley, after the toddler threw a toy train at her eye. Such injuries at home occur...

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: 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: 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: Let’s talk turkey — there are hazards of the Thanksgiving holiday season

This Thanksgiving Day holiday is a day for families and friends to come together to celebrate and be thankful for our many blessings. But it is also a day of many hazards where amateur cooks venture back into the kitchen in an attempt to work miracles as they begin wielding sharp knives and handling hot pots and pans. Where on average many of us will gobble until we wobble consuming on average 3000-calorie...

Keven Moore: Double crossover diamond interchanges improve safety and efficiency

The Harrodsburg/New Circle Road double crossover diamond exchange (Photo provided)   Recently, I wrote an article about the merits of avoiding lefthand turns while driving. One way engineers are to address the dangers of lefthand turns is with the double crossover diamond interchange to remove the lefthand turns that cross traffic patterns and keep traffic flowing.   Prior to 2009, there...

Keven Moore: Measles outbreak brings vaccination debate to the workplace

When several Disneyland (California) employees were reported to be among those infected in the recent measles outbreak, the vaccination debate ratcheted up. What’s more, that debate began to broaden beyond the specter of childhood illnesses, and concern mounted about how the once-eradicated disease could impact the workplace.   In the Disneyland case, the company asked workers who had contact...