An Overview of Boating Laws in Wisconsin

Before you head out to the lake, it’s important you are aware of Wisconsin’s boating laws. In the state of Wisconsin, anyone born after 1989 is required to have a boating safety certification card when driving a motorboat or personal motorized watercraft. Those born prior to 1989 are exempt from the certification. No certification card is necessary when operating a canoe, kayak, paddleboard or sailboats that don’t have motors. No one under 10 years old can legally operate a boat. … Continued

Deadly Elderly Falls in Wisconsin Are Highest in the Nation

According to a report from the Center for Disease Control, Wisconsin has the highest rate of deadly falls for older adults in the nation — more than double the national average. Falls by those 65 and older led to 129,000 emergency room visits and nearly 16,000 hospital stays in 2017, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. These fatal falls have increased by 50 percent from 2007 – 2016. 

Do You Know the Basics of Bike Safety?

If you haven’t ridden a bike since you were a child — or are teaching a child of your own the rules of the road for bicycles — you might need a little refresher on bike safety.

Summer Playground Safety

According to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), from 2009 – 2014, nearly 1.5 million injuries related to playground equipment were treated in emergency departments — that’s approximately 243,000 ER visits annually. More than half of those who were taken to the ER were between 5 – 9 years old. According to this report, the majority of playground fatalities were due to hanging/asphyxiation. As concerns injuries, the majority were fractures and contusions/abrasions with monkey bars and swings … Continued

Summer Storm Safety

Although Northcentral Wisconsin is no stranger to threatening summer weather, you may be unaware of unsafe practices that can lead to hazardous conditions during and after a storm or tornado. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) lists four deadly hazards related with storms.