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.

In The Spirit Of Charitable Giving We Say Thank You!

“The power of your giving is amplified in Innsbrook because of the many great venues we have for successful event presentations.  So far through November 2017, over $1.5 million has been raised for local charities.  Throughout 2016, over 70 events took place in Innsbrook and 2.2 million dollars were raised for local charities”

The spirit of giving back has been an integral part of Innsbrook’s culture from the beginning.  We send out a big thank you to all of the Innsbrook Foundation’s extended partners, volunteers, event staff, board members, and all of those who have been involved as our 2017 sponsors.  It is through their generous support that the foundation is capable of launching so many worthwhile events that contribute to community causes.  Because of our sponsors, we are able to give back and contribute to causes greater than ourselves.

The Innsbrook Foundation is a non-profit organization that is excited to present the many charities that benefitted from Innsbrook’s spirit of giving.


Benefitting Charities:

• YMCA
• St.  Baldrick’s Foundation
• Young Life – Richmond West End
• United Nation of Organ Sharing
• Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
• VCU’s Parkinson and Movement Disorder Center
• National Multiple Sclerosis Society
• Virginia Tech Richmond Alumni Scholarship Fund
• Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
• Autism Society
• March of Dimes
• American Cancer Society
• Jack and Abby Neonatal Foundation
• FeedMore
• Henrico Christmas Mother
• St.  Joseph’s Villa
• Special Olympics Virginia
• American Diabetes Foundation
• Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond
• National Alliance on Mental Illness
• Kidney Foundation
• Alzheimer’s Association
• Toys for Tots

 

Thank You To All Who Helped Make Virginia’s Best Food, Beer & Wine Festival: 2017 Taste Of Virginia (TOVA) A Success!

taste

For the second year in a row, Capital Ale House helped to bring the Taste of Virginia festival (TOVA) to Innsbrook.  Also for the second year in a row, TOVA was a one of a kind event with good food, delicious wine, craft beer, margaritas, great music, and a grand fireworks finale!

All those in attendance on July 1 were winners but several of the restaurants were given special recognition.  Taking the premier prize, “Taste of Virginia”, was Nacho Mama’s with the best tacos and margaritas around.  Taking home “Le Chic Suite” was Richmond Marriott, and winning both “Best Presentation” and “Virginia’s Sweetest” was River City Chocolates with their addicting cheesecake.  The final award, “People’s Choice Award” was hard fought for and in the end Richmond Marriott took the gold.  Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for voting for the People’s Choice Award!

Think someone else should have won? Show your support for them by visiting their restaurants when you’re out and about.  In case you’re craving the delicious food from the festival, here is a list of the wonderful restaurants that helped to support this event: Continental Divide, Elephant Thai, Gelati Celesti, Gregory’s Grill, Grapevine, The Halligan Bar and Grill, Kona Ice, Nacho Mama’s, River City Chocolates, Richmond Marriott Short Pump, Strawberry Street Café, Two Kings Concessions, Tarrant’s West, and Whole Foods Market.

For those who were unable to make Taste of Virginia, or left before the end, here’s what you missed.  Heated corn hole competitions in front of the Capital Ale House booth, a high flying bounce house for the kids, wonderful music from Whiskey Rebellion, Soul Expressions turning the field into a dance floor, and Silver Bullets leading the count down to the best fireworks in town.  Thank you to all those who graced this event with your presence and persevered through the sweltering heat.

A hearty thank you to our volunteers.  More than 200 people from our community came out and helped us put on this event, including folks from the Rotary Club of Innsbrook and other areas, Key Club of Deep Run High School, Innsbrook After Hours volunteers, Christmas Mother, Innsbrook Foundation and our charity partner, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).  They came out and gave their time, talent and sweat equity to make sure attendees received a generous helping of extraordinary customer service.  We are grateful for our volunteers who continually create great experiences for the people who attend the many events that are presented by the Innsbrook Foundation throughout the year.

We would be remiss if we did not thank every amazing sponsor that made this event possible.  Thank you to Capital Ale House, Whole Foods Market, Highwoods Properties, RTS Labs, LLC, Richmond Marriott Short Pump, Chesapeake Bank, Colliers International, Silver Diner Innsbrook, Markel Corporation, Brown’s Distributing, Commonwealth Bookkeeping Services, TowneBank, Le Bleu, Michael & Son Restoration, MLH Asset Management, Bacon Insurance, Brightview, Green Top, Summit Media, Style Weekly and NBC 12.

We were so fortunate and honored to make a donation to our TOVA charity partner, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).  In total, $14,022 was raised on behalf of NMSS.

IMG_1745_edited

TOVA Press Release 2TOVA Press Release 2TOVA Press Release 2TOVA Press Release 2TOVA Press Release 2

Presented By:

capital-ale-house_logo.jpg

Thanks to all the sponsors:

TOVASPONSORS312

Charity Partner:

NMSS

Markel Corporation In Innsbrook Reaches Another Milestone!

Congratulations to Markel Corporation on being named “The Third Stock to Reach $1,000 This Year” by the Wall Street Journal on July 3, 2017.

MarkelForWeb

Markel Corporation is one of Innsbrook’s initial startup companies, around since 1986 that helped shape Innsbrook’s future, to become named one of Richmond’s Fortune 500 companies in 2016.  Today, Markel can seem like a complex organization, but their main operation is insurance with 60 offices in 20 countries, and to think it all started right here in Innsbrook.  We would like to recognize Markel on reaching another milestone as a part of the Innsbrook Community.

 

St. Paddy’s Palooza Update

St.  Paddy’s Palooza and St.  Baldrick’s Event Update!

 

st paddys follow up

Here is a picture of Team Highwoods at the St.  Baldrick’s Charity Event. Steve Lacey, Steve Winfree, Brian Menditto, and Joey Menditto

Congratulations to Team Highwoods and all who came out to Innsbrook’s annual St.  Paddy’s Palooza benefitting the St.  Baldrick’s Foundation on March 18! Also, we thank and recognize every volunteer, sponsor and shavee who helped the event to be such a success.  We raised much needed funds that will go a long way for research through this day of fun for the whole family, rooted in a great cause with The St.  Baldrick’s Foundation as our charity partner.  The St.  Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and giving survivors long and healthy lives.

We would like to recognize and thank everyone who volunteered to be “shavees” for the event to bring the slogan, “Going Bald For A Cure,” to life.  These volunteers collected donations for the St.  Baldrick’s Foundation to support cancer research. In exchange for the funds, volunteers agreed to have their heads shaved to show solidarity with children who lose their hair during cancer treatment.

There are many children and families in our area affected by cancer, like Beckett Wyatt, who was honored at this year’s St.  Paddy’s Palooza. 

READ MORE about Beckett’s story. 

StPaddysSponsorsall67ofthem

 

Innsbrook Welcomes VCU Healthcare

Liberty-Plaza-II-10800-Nuckols-Road-Glen-Allen-VA-23060

Growth continues in Innsbrook’s Central Business District with the recent announcement that Lingerfelt Commonwealth Partners signed a 135,000 square foot lease with Virginia Premier Health Plan Inc., a managed care insurance organization owned by VCU Health, set to occupy the entire Liberty Plaza II building at 10800 Nuckols Road.

With the announcement of this lease, Innsbrook is extending its healthcare-related footprint.  This healthcare nonprofit has ties to VCU, and is extending its downtown operations to Innsbrook.  Welcome Virginia Premier Health Plan Inc.  and VCU to the Innsbrook landscape.  Scheduled for move in 2017.

Join Us For The Safety Alliance Meeting, Thursday, March 2

Safety Alliance Medium Logo

The Safety Alliance Meeting usually takes place on the second Thursday of every month from 8:00 a.m.  – 9:00 a.m.  However, once each quarter, it will be held on the first Thursday of the month as a lunch meeting from 11:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.  All meetings are FREE.  See details, information and special dates below.

Why Do We Meet?
-Information sharing
-Henrico County Community News
-Innsbrook Community News
-Safety and security awareness

Who Is Invited To Attend
-Property managers
-Office managers
-Human resource managers
-Business owners
-Neighborhood association members
-Property owners or designers

Topics For Discussion
-Safety and security in Innsbrook and Henrico County
-Fire Department services
-Emergency preparedness plans
-Henrico County administration
-Allied universal security—trends/tips
-Current events impacting safety/security/roads

Morning meetings (8 a.m.  – 9 a.m.)
-Second Thursday of each month
-Location: 4600 Cox Road Salon A
-Breakfast treats to be served

Lunch meetings (11:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.)
-Location: 4600 Cox Road Salon A
-March 2nd – Credit Card Skimmers: Allied Universal/Henrico Police Department
-June 1st – Allied Universal/Henrico Emergency Management
-September 7th – Henrico Conty Public Works/Roads
-November 2nd – Holiday Season Tips; Allied Universal/Henrico Police Department

Communications And Marketing Venues
-Innsbrook.com and iTimes
-Security meet and greets
-Property management organizations
-Human resource organizations
-Small business organizations
-Henrico County News
-Home owners associations