As cold as Wisconsin can get during the winter months, the state can become exceedingly warm during the summer months. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), from 2011-2015, Wisconsin had 48 heat-related fatalities. The majority (52%) of those deaths were people between the ages of 65-84 and more than half of the total deaths were females. Each summer, we also hear reports of children who die because they are left in the car when it’s hot outside.
Before you and your family head out to enjoy the lakes and rivers of Wisconsin this summer, take the time to review Wisconsin’s boating safety laws. In Wisconsin, anyone born on or after January 1, 1989 is required to complete a boating safety course in order to legally operate a motorized boat or personal watercraft. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides a list of online boating safety courses that take about three hours to complete.
A recent article in the New York Times reported that the “the most common cause of death in children under the age of 15 is unintentional injury, and the most common cause of unintentional injury is car accidents.” The article goes on to note that an average of 11 children a week died in motor vehicle accidents from 2010-2014 and that the majority of those children were not wearing seatbelts:
As uncomfortable as the topic may be, it’s important that people visit an attorney and plan for the future — including the possibility that they may become incapacitated and unable to make medical decisions for themselves. Two important documents include a healthcare power of attorney and a do not resuscitate order.
The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) — an organization dedicated to reducing occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the construction industry — recently released a Quarterly Data Report indicating a significant increase in the number of fall fatalities in construction.