Stories tagged with: safety

May 11, 2010 - 6:52pm
4 years 14 weeks ago

Conditions this time of year are prime for severe weather, and some of those severe storms can be capable of producing tornados. Tornados can develop so quickly and are extremely powerful.

"Tornadoes not only will kill you but create enough utter devastation. Your stuff can be in the next county. Your house can be in your neighbor's yard. It's very traumatic seeing everything you own destroyed in a matter of 30 seconds, much different than a flood and much different than a fire...

May 7, 2010 - 5:01pm
4 years 15 weeks ago

The warm weather is a huge draw for summer water activities.

That's why the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be offering 70 boating safety inspections across the state through June. Several of those inspections will take place at water sites in Salt Fork State Park, Dillion State Park, and Seneca Lake during the weekend of May 22nd and 23rd.

Inspectors look at the condition of safety equipment on the boats and make sure they are readily accessible in case of an emergency...

May 3, 2010 - 6:06pm
4 years 15 weeks ago

You will be hearing more of the phrase "Click It or Ticket" this month.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to make sure people are protecting themselves while driving, but some aren't heeding the warning.

"A lot of the crashes that we show up to, arrive, and investigate, they're still not wearing their seatbelts, which could potentially have saved their lives, " says Zanesville Post Commander Lieutenant Steven Rine.

Because it's the law, troopers will...

April 21, 2010 - 6:08pm
4 years 17 weeks ago

Drivers will encounter a lot of construction zones this spring and summer, especially after ODOT announced its plan to work on two billion dollars in projects a couple of weeks ago.

Because there were five thousand accidents in these areas last year alone, with 18 hundred of those involving injuries and 13 drivers killed, ODOT is asking people to "slow for the cone zone."

"Put my foot on the brake. Slow down a little bit. Relax. Try to stay in the proper lane that...

April 17, 2010 - 10:02pm
4 years 18 weeks ago

The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to reduce the number of accidents that take place in work zones.

It says motorists need to slow down in these areas and pay attention to their surroundings so they don't get hurt and construction works don't get hurt either. To get out the message, ODOT plans to light buildings across the state in orange, starting tomorrow at eight p.m.

There were about five thousand accidents in work zones last year and that resulted in 13 people dying...

April 8, 2010 - 12:48pm
4 years 19 weeks ago

ODOT is also using this time to remind motorists about safety in construction zones.

When driving, it wants people to slow down and to be aware of their surroundings.

"There's a lot of distractions in the work zones whether it;s the weather, the cones, or the repathing of traffic, " says ODOT Public Information spokeswoman, Kate Stickle.

ODOT isn't just concerned about drivers but the construction workers on the site as well. 13 workers were killed in work zones...

April 5, 2010 - 5:43pm
4 years 19 weeks ago

Starting Wednesday, local authorities can pull you over if your child is not in a booster seat.

Ohio's Child Passenger Safety Law requires that every child must be put in a booster seat if they are under the age of eight or if they are smaller than 4'9".

The law, which become effective last October, was put in place as a safety measure.

"A child, in a car wreck, can have multiple injuries, can have multiple broken bones. These seats will save your child from...

March 9, 2010 - 7:09pm
4 years 23 weeks ago

There have been three area residents killed in accidents in our viewing area that may have been caused by improper passing.

Sgt. Jeremy Mendenhall of the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol said accidents like these can be avoided with proper passing techniques.

"When you're passing a vehicle, common sense has got to prevail," said Sgt. Mendenhall. "If you're going to pass, there are some things you've got to take into consideration. Is it a passing zone?...

February 10, 2010 - 5:44pm
4 years 27 weeks ago

While kids may be excited to go outside and play in the white stuff, the Zanesville Fire Department is asking parents to keep kids away from the piles of snow growing all across Southeastern Ohio.

Some of the piles are several feet tall.

"I know some of them actually look like an igloo. They're very attractive, but the thing people don't realize is that a lot of those piles of snow are made up of different buckets of snow that have come from the snowfall we've had, and it...

January 24, 2010 - 9:21pm
4 years 30 weeks ago

The Internet is a wealth of knowledge that we can gain access to at the touch of a button, but it has also proven that it can be a dangerous tool, especially when it comes to kids and teens.

WHIZ's Emily Baird explains what one local cell phone provider is doing to help promote internet safety.

Social networking is a popular tool in this day and age.

"Being teenagers, we mainly have MySpace and Facebook, " says 17-year-old Barrett Carnaha.

These sites allow...

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