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2012 Archive

Published on Dec 31, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
take a cab in blair county

Going out for New Year's Eve in Blair County? Avoid drinking and driving with Take A Cab, a program my law firm sponsors with WTAJ-TV and Pyramid Healthcare.

Published on Dec 27, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
sleeping baby

Parents don't expect that a product sold by popular retailers such as Amazon, Diapers.com, and Babies R Us would pose a "substantial risk of injury and death to infants." However, this is why more than 150,000 Nap Nanny baby recliners have been recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Published on Dec 21, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
adaptive bikes for kids with special needs

Yesterday, a few of my staff members had the pleasure of volunteering at a very special event held by Variety the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh. Because of Variety's "My Bike" program, over 75 children with disabilities received custom bikes specially designed for their physical needs.

Published on Dec 17, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
toy safety

As you finish up (or start) your holiday toy shopping, it's important to remember that just because toys are on store shelves doesn't mean they're safe for the children on your list. A little bit of precaution on your part can go a long way, so please keep the following tips in mind.

Published on Dec 14, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
drinking at holiday party

You might have seen it in the news – Pennsylvania has a new underage drinking law that enforces stiffer penalties on offenders. As we move into the holiday party season, it's important to remember that it's not just underage drinkers who can be found at fault for car accidents. Under our state's Social Host Liability Laws, party hosts can be held responsible as well.

Published on Dec 13, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
adaptive bikes for child with special needs

Over the past few weeks, our firm has partnered with Variety to invite Facebook users to give "Likes for Bikes." For every new Facebook "Like" we receive on the Edgar Snyder & Associates Facebook page, we will donate $1 to Variety's "My Bike" program.

Published on Dec 10, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
underage drinker doing keg stand

Underage drinking is a big problem across the United States, especially on college campuses and in towns near universities. State lawmakers are hoping to reduce the number of underage drinkers beginning Christmas Day.

Published on Dec 10, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
underage drinkers arrested

Christmas Day is approaching quickly, and this year we’re not just expecting Santa and presents. Beginning December 25, people caught underage drinking will face larger fines.

Published on Dec 06, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
baby with toy in Nap Nanny baby recliner

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Nap Nanny infant recliners, because the company refused to issue a recall after five infants died while in a Nap Nanny.

Published on Dec 04, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
dangerous toys

What's on your holiday toy shopping list? How about toy cars, dolls, or action figures? These innocent-seeming gifts are just some of the millions of dangerous toys blocked from hitting store shelves by federal officials because they pose a risk to children's health.

Published on Dec 03, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
legionnaires disease outbreak va hospital in pittsburgh

We trust that hospitals do everything in their power to keep their patients safe. However, just a few months after one Pittsburgh hospital was involved in a hepatitis C outbreak, a patient has died after contracting Legionnaires' disease at the Pittsburgh VA hospital in Oakland.

What's more, two Legionnaires' experts who used to work at the hospital say that the outbreak could have been avoided.

Published on Nov 30, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
adaptive bikes for child with special needs

Riding a bicycle is a common activity for most children. In fact, more than 70 percent of all U.S. children age 5 - 14 ride a bike (according to Bikes Belong, a national cycling resource). Many of us have fond memories of riding bikes through our neighborhoods as children or teaching our own kids how to ride their bikes.

Published on Nov 30, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
generic lipitor glass recall

Small pieces of glass have been found in Atorvastatin, a generic version of the cholesterol drug Lipitor. The manufacturer, Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., cannot explain why the tablets contain glass and has halted production of the medication.

Published on Nov 29, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
pigs in a pig pen

Ground pork and pork chops sold in grocery stores throughout the country have tested positive for harmful and antibiotic-resistant bacteria and drugs, according to Consumer Reports.

Published on Nov 29, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
teen driving unsafely

This week I had the privilege to speak at the Teen Driver Safety Summit. I was especially impressed because the Summit was organized by Maddie Seel, a junior from Shaler High School who experienced firsthand the devastation of fatal car accidents. Her brother’s best friend was killed, and despite her great loss, she decided to honor his memory by raising awareness about the importance of safe driving.

Published on Nov 28, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
pittsburgh potholes

Potholes – they turn our streets into minefields during the winter and spring months. They cause accidents, damage to cars, and are a safety risk to both pedestrians and bicyclists. You can report pothole issues to the City of Pittsburgh's 311 Response Center, but what happens after you file the complaint?

Published on Nov 26, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
bounce house injuries

Bounce houses typically bring fun to children’s birthday parties, county fairs, and other celebrations. However, according to a new study, injuries stemming from the use of these inflatable structures are on the rise.

Published on Nov 19, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
scholarship contest

Are you are a high school senior in Western PA? Would you like a chance to win up to $5,000 for college? If so, enter our 7th Annual “Words to be Heard” scholarship contest. Not only can you win money for college, “Words to be Heard” gives you the chance to make a difference.

Published on Nov 19, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
pea pod travel crib recall

Almost 220,000 infant travel beds have been recalled after one baby died and nine others became entrapped or distressed while inside the portable sleepers.

Published on Nov 16, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
energy drink cans

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reporting that 5-Hour Energy, a 2-oz. bottle of highly-caffeinated liquid known as a 'shot,' may be linked to 13 deaths over the past four years.

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