Category Archives: Emergency preparedness

How To Avoid A Semi Truck Accident

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While they pose an incredible danger to those around them, semi trucks – also known as big rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, etc. – are an essential part of American life. Every year, these trucks transport millions of tons of freight across the country.

At the same time these vehicles that keep American life moving represent a significant portion of roadway deaths. Due to their size and weight, accidents involving a large truck are almost always more severe than those with only passenger vehicles.

When these semi truck accidents are because of someone’s negligence, it’s important that the victims hold the at fault parties responsible for the damages. Victims of these accidents can usually benefit from the services of an experience semi truck accident attorney.

Here are some tips to avoid a collision with a semi truck:

Avoid driving in truck’s blind spot: Most people know that trucks have larger blind spots than passenger vehicles. These spots are on either side of the truck and directly behind and in front. Essentially, if you can’t see the truck’s mirrors, the trucker can’t see you. If you must pass a truck, do not waste your time.

Keep your distance: When in front and behind a truck, don’t crowd a large truck. Trucks have a much longer stopping distance than passenger cars, meaning if you are tailgating a truck and it slams on its brakes, it could be very bad for you.

Follow the rules of the road: Defensive driving and acting predictably on the road is the best way to avoid any kind of accident. Only pass on the left and maintain a safe speed.

Do not pass turning trucks: Commercial trucks make large, wide turns. If you attempt to pass a truck that is turning, you are putting your life at risk.

Fire Prevention Month 2017

Illustration credit: NT and People’s Tonight Editorial for its March 2, 2017 issue

March is the start of summer season in the Philippines. And while we look forward to summer activities we must not forget March is also Fire Prevention Month. According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) the biggest number of fire incidents are usually recorded on said month.

This year’s Fire Prevention Month theme, “Buhay at Ari-arian ay Pahalagahan, Ibayong Pag-iingat sa Sunog ay sa Sariling Pamamahay Simulan,” reflects the BFP’s commitment to raise public awareness about the importance of fire prevention.

For his part, Senator Richard Gordon who also serves as Chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross said, prevention is key when it comes to fire safety. “But it’s also smart to make sure that all members of your household know what to do in case there’s a fire emergency.”

The Philippine Red Cross recommends the following tips on how to reduce risks in case of fire:

  • Make sure every member of the household knows where the fire escape is.
  • Agree on a meeting place at a safe distance from the home.
  • Teach everyone at home how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • If smoke, heat, or flames are blocking your exit route, stay in the room with the door closed.
  • If you can, move close to a window and wave something bright (a flashlight, glow stick,or a brightly colored cloth) to signal for help.
  • Once you are out, stay out.
  • If you haven’t already called the fire department, call them once you make it to safety.

Meanwhile, PRC Secretary General Oscar P. Palabyab said fire is preventable. “But it pays to be aware of fire survival tips, especially during the summer, when most fire incidents unfortunately occur.”

Source: Philippine Red Cross