Spring into Safety

 

Spring into Safety

With the slow increase in temperatures, you might be planning your next vacation.  Statistically, this time of year is when people are travelling the most.  Besides going on vacation, people are generally traveling more in their daily lives, to school, work, or completing errands.  However, regardless of the reason you are traveling, or whether you are driving or flying to your destination, safety is a priority.  Being a safe traveler not only benefits you, but also benefits those around you.  Because of that reason, we have put together some information and a few safety tips to help you on your commute.

 

Driving

Safety on the roads has become more difficult to maintain due to higher numbers of travelers and because of a wide array of distractions that affect driver safety.  Safevahighways.org has reported 171 traffic fatalities since January 1st, 2018 by State Police of this year.  This is an increase from last year, which was 158 at this time.  They are encouraging drivers to “Take Five to Stay Alive”, a slogan used to encourage drivers to recognize and change their own unsafe habits on the road, helping to reduce the amount of traffic fatalities.  Knowing those unsafe habits will not only help you but those traveling with you.  Now that spring is here and the weather is only going to get warmer, according to AAA, on average, Americans drive more during the warmer seasons than they do in the colder ones.  Warmer seasons offer the best driving conditions, chiefly due to more daytime driving with longer days and temperatures will stay above freezing so conditions are safer even when wet.  However, regardless of season, there are still certain times that are worse than others when driving.  The NHTSA reports that most accidents occur during “rush hour,” the hours between 3 p.m.  and 6 p.m.  They also express that Saturdays are the most dangerous day of the week to drive, primarily because there are more cars and drunk drivers on the road than any other day.  According to AAA, 31% of fatal drunk driving accidents occur on the weekend, especially between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m.  Be mindful when traveling on holidays, July is approaching and according to the IIHS, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 4th of July is ranked as the deadliest day to travel.

Although spring is technically here, we are still facing unpredictable weather, knowing how the weather affects you and your vehicle can help you navigate through the elements safely.  Taking weather conditions into consideration can help you become a safe driver.  Fog is prevalent in the spring and fall and rain, snow, and wind are still factors this year as “old man winter” continues to hang on.  Remember that these conditions can impair your vision, and can cause the roads to become slick.  These conditions can affect the performance of your vehicle, affecting traction, stability, and maneuverability.  According to U.S.  Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, there are an average of 5,748,000 vehicle crashes each year, and approximately 22%, or nearly 1,259,000, of those crashes are weather related.  The vast majority of weather related crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall.  According to driversed.com, heavy fog is the most dangerous due to the reduction of visibility.  Safety tips when driving in fog include lowering the beam on your headlights and reducing your speed.

 

Regardless of the weather conditions, remember it is never worth it to text and drive.  According to the Federal Communications Commission, approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured daily in the United States in incidents reported as involving a distracted driver, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reports.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 people injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015 alone.  During daylight hours across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, the NHTSA reports.  Handheld cell phone use continues to be highest among 16-24 year old drivers, according to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey.  In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distraction-related crashes.  About 421,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.  In 2012, 11% of drivers under age 20 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.

 

Travelling with children can be fun, and yet sometimes stressful.  The most important way to keep your kids safe, according to consumerreport.org is buckling them up.  Although this is an easy thing to do, the consumer report suggests that a lot of people still neglect to do this.  Studies shows seat belts are responsible for saving 329,715 lives in the last 50 years.  Also, keep in mind that children 12 years and under should always ride in the backseat in a child seat or with a seat belt that is recommended by the National Safety Council in accordance with the child’s age, height and weight.  According to the National Safety Council, car crashes are the leading cause of death for children.  In 2015, 1,346 children under age 15 were killed in motor vehicle crashes.  That’s more than three children every day.  Properly securing children in safety seats goes a long way in keeping them safer.  NSC believes child restraint systems should go beyond state requirements, because too often state laws are no match for the laws of physics.

Something that may not be on your radar is the securing any items that are lying around in the car is also important.  The idea behind this is that if you were to have a crash those items could turn into projectiles, causing more injuries.  One final point of critical importance: NEVER leave your child alone in the car.  Unfortunately due to this, each year children die from heatstroke in vehicles.

 

Flying

When it comes to flying the first issue that comes to mind for some, is having to deal with Airport Security.  TSA is such a pain, right? Though this is an underappreciated and, perhaps, ever disdained job, the folks in these positions are simply doing their a job that is critical to your safety during your flight.  Unfortunately, the rules tend to vary a little from airport to airport due to testing and the implementation of new safety procedures, but here are some tips from the TSA website, TSA.gov, that will help you get through security at Richmond International a bit faster.

First, give yourself time to deal with last minute challenges that could cause you problem in making your flight.  1) Leave home with plenty of time to get to the airport early.  This will not only help with getting through security, but also with any unforeseen issues with traffic or with the airline.  2) Observe the “3-1-1 Rule”: liquids, gels, and, aerosols, typically your toiletries, are to be no larger than 3.4 oz, and fit in 1 quart size bag and you are limited to 1 per person.  These items along with any food and electronics larger than your cell phone, i.e.  laptops, tablets, kindles, gaming systems, etc., must come out of your bags.  If you are traveling with food, packing it in clear bags may aid with the screening process.  3) You are required to take your shoes off, unless directed otherwise by a TSA officer (or you are 75 years or older or 12 years or younger).  4) A great way to save time is to apply for TSA Pre-check.  If approved, this will reduce the time needed for the screening process, and you can keep your shoes on, and toiletries in your bag.  These tips are the most common issues dealt with by passengers.  More information is available at www.tsa.gov.

Maintaining the safe transport of your belongings should also be on your “flying safe checklist”.  If you like to print your boarding pass at home, and prefer to be dropped off at the airport to save time and money from finding parking, Smarter Travel.com may be a good source for tips to keep your personal belongings safe, from home to your final destination.  Suggestions you may find helpful include: 1) put all your belongings into one place, 2) place documentation, such as identification, boarding passes, cash and credit cards in a little plastic bag and keep that bag in a convenient pocket in your carry-on, so these critically important items are easy to find and more difficult to lose.  3)Last, but not least, pack light, if you don’t absolutely need it, don’t bring it.  In the case of air travel, less is actually more.

In conclusion, whether traveling by road or air, safety is paramount.  It is important to understand that although there is inherent risk in travelling, planning ahead can reduce that risk substantially.  Your focus on safe practices while traveling will not only keep you safe, but also maintain a higher level safety for those around you.  Keep in mind that procedures concerning flight travel may vary from airport to airport.

 

Whether travelling by plane or automobile, maintaining safe practices will increase your chances of making it through the river and over the woods to grandmother’s house safely and happily!

COLD WEATHER ALERT: Your Health, Your Home

When temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can be a challenge.  Learn how to prepare for winter storms, prevent cold-related health problems, and protect yourself during all stages of a winter storm.

Your Health

Serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold, such as hypothermia and frostbite.

HYPOTHERMIA FOCUS:
Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, is a dangerous condition that can occur when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures.  Stay safe this winter by learning more about hypothermia, including who is most at risk, signs and symptoms, and what to do if someone develops hypothermia.

 

What is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia is caused by prolonged exposures to very cold temperatures.  When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it’s produced.  Lengthy exposures will eventually use up your body’s stored energy, which leads to lower body temperature.
Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well.  This makes hypothermia especially dangerous, because a person may not know that it’s happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.
While hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

 

Who’s Most at Risk?
Victims of hypothermia are often:
Older adults with inadequate food, clothing, or heating
Babies sleeping in cold bedrooms
People who remain outdoors for long periods—the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.
People who drink alcohol or use illicit drugs.
Recognizing Hypothermia

Warnings signs of hypothermia:

Adults:
shivering, exhaustion
confusion, fumbling hands
memory loss, slurred speech drowsiness

Infants:
Bright red, cold skin.
Very low energy.
Don’t Wait- Take Action
If you notice any of these signs, take the person’s temperature.  If it is below 95° F, the situation is an emergency—get medical attention immediately.

 

If medical care is not available, begin warming the person, as follows:
Get the victim into a warm room or shelter.
If the victim has on any wet clothing, remove it.
Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin—using an electric blanket, if available.  You can also use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets.
Warm beverages can help increase body temperature, but do not give alcoholic beverages.  Do not try to give beverages to an unconscious person.
After body temperature has increased, keep the person dry and wrapped in a warm blanket, including the head and neck.
Get medical attention as soon as possible.
A person with severe hypothermia may be unconscious and may not seem to have a pulse or to be breathing.  In this case, handle the victim gently, and get emergency assistance immediately.

CPR should ALWAYS be provided (even in the grimmest situations).  CPR should continue while the victim is being warmed until the victim responds or medical aid becomes available.  In some cases, hypothermia victims who appear to be dead can be successfully resuscitated.

 

Be Prepared

Taking a first aid and emergency resuscitation (CPR) course is a good way to prepare for cold-weather health problems.  Knowing what to do is an important part of protecting your health and the health of others.  The Henrico Fire Department offers CPR and first aid courses to county residents.  Contact: 804.501.4900, for more information.

Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions.  By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems.

Content source: National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

Stay tuned for more information about your health.  Next up: Frostbite: risks and how to treat.

Innsbrook Has the Place for Your Event


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If you have an event, then Innsbrook has a place for it! From fundraisers to corporate outings, Innsbrook Facility Rentals offers a wide array of venues that can be suitable for your event.  The Innsbrook Foundation is a non-profit organization with a highly responsible team of volunteers and staff that would enhance and ensure the event runs smoothly.  Countless successful organizations and events have taken place in Innsbrook such as Color Me Rad 5k and Innsbrook After Hours.

Interested in renting a space in Innsbrook? 

Check out this Facility Rentals Brochure for more information on areas and pricing

Contact us: events@innsbrook.com ; (804) 217-8804

 

Join iCONNECT

 

Innsbrook Connect

 

iCONNECT is the community of Innsbrook.  iCONNECT members are engaged citizens and professionals looking to be involved in the Innsbrook community.  As an iCONNECT member you are plugged into the numerous events occurring in the park year-round and given unique opportunities to connect with others in the community.  Click on the link below to learn more and register.

I-Connect brochure 2017

 

I-Connect Application 2017

Thank you Shaw Contract!

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Thank you Shaw Contract for your generous donation of exquisite flooring and carpet to the Innsbrook Foundation.  Our recent renovation was made possible because of community support from several community-conscious corporations.  We appreciate your contribution.

Shaw Contract believes that innovative design can change the way we live, work, think, and create.  And, indeed, Shaw Contract has made an enduring impact on the Innsbrook Foundation and the hundreds of people who visit our offices each year for meetings, programs, trainings and partnership.

As a global design leader, we appreciate Shaw Contract for commercial flooring that is engineered for beauty, durability, and cradle-to-cradle sustainability.

Helpful Safety Tips

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 Helpful safety tips as you live work and play in Innsbrook

 

1- Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.

  • 2 – Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide valuables.
  • 3 – Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
  • 4 – Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers.  Don’t overburden yourself with packages.  Be extra careful with purses and wallets.  Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps.  Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • 5 – Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
  • 6 – Track deliveries online and confirm delivery has occurred.  You can sign up for email notifications to track your packages from initial shipment to its arrival.  Switch delivery location to work where it can be received by someone or see if the post office or store the product is being shipped from can hold the package for pick up.
  • 7 – Avoid becoming an easy by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items in the open for garbage pick-up.  Instead, break down any boxes you are throwing out, put them in garbage bags and place them inside a trash can.

 

 

APEXercise Day

Apex Systems, a staffing and services company headquartered in Glen Allen, participated in their first large-scale wellness event on Friday, November 4 at 3:30 PM.  T he APEXercise Day event brought together Apex’s nearly 350 local employees at the Innsbrook volleyball courts adjacent to Markel.

APEXercise Day is part of the company’s wellness initiative designed to promote overall employee and family health and wellness through awareness, education, encouragement of healthy behaviors, and better choices.  In addition to comprehensive benefit options, Apex has built a corporate gym, brought on a full-time trainer, added an indoor walking track, and increased on-site healthy food options.

“Studies show companies that focus on wellness have a happier and healthier workforce,” said Buddy Omohundro, Chief Services Officer.  “We know our employees are some of the hardest working in the busines
s, and we are committed to supporting their efforts to balance their work life and health needs.”

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World’s Best Athletes Return to Richmond for The East Coast Triathlon Festival

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On May 1, 2016, The Liberty University Online Academy East Coast Triathlon Festival returns to the Innsbrook Office Park in Glen Allen, VA.  Following the Cycling World Championships, The East Coast Triathlon Festival again proves Richmond to be a sought after endurance event destination.  Now in its fourth year, the triathlon festival has been selected for one of three US races on the International Triathlon Union world-wide elite series and will therefore host some of the top professional triathletes in the world.  In addition, the festival will host a junior elite race that is 1 of 4 in the country as well as amateur adult and kid’s triathlons.

“We are very excited to add the CAMTRI (ITU) Sprint American Cup and once again welcome top level professional athletes to Richmond,” said Michael Harlow, founder and head coach, Endorphin Fitness.  “All in one day, local athletes will be able to race on the same course as the best in the world as well as watch these amazing athletes compete – there is nothing like this in the country.”

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Endorphin Fitness anticipates 800 professional athletes, elite junior athletes, amateur kids, and adults will compete across four separate race formats.  The races include a kid’s fun race for ages seven to 15; a super sprint distance for amateur youth and adults; the Junior Elite Cup; and the headline CAMTRI Sprint American Cup professional event.  The Junior Elite race will draw the top 13 to 19 year olds from across the country and the CAMTRI Cup will draw the top professional athletes from across the world.  Endorphin Fitness expects more than 1,500 athletes and spectators present to either compete or watch the day’s activities.

“The day’s events are not just about elite 13931869248_68d6bf5c7f_bcompetition.  Endorphin Fitness encourages an active community through triathlon.  We were very purposeful in structuring the race distances to enable inclusion, from beginners to elite athletes,” Michael Harlow, founder and head coach, Endorphin Fitness, stated.

Endorphin Fitness, which specializes in triathlon coaching, personal training, and bicycle retail is dedicated to a vision of using fitness, swim, bike, and run for the health and well-being of children and adults.  A major focus of Endorphin Fitness is the youth community.  The East Coast Triathlon Festival is one of three races produced by Endorphin Fitness which all have a youth focus.  Endorphin Fitness’ goal is to go beyond traditional sports and create opportunities using endurance activities to get kids active, fight childhood obesity and encourage self-esteem and self-motivation.

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When: May 1, 2016

Location: Innsbrook Office Park, Glen Allen, VA