There’s still time to shop for gifts for those little people in your life. But buyers–beware. Not all toys on the shelf are safe or appropriate for children, and you’d often never know without researching the products on your list before you shop. 

To help you avoid toys known for causing severe and even fatal injuries to children, World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H) has released its 10 Worst Toys of 2022 list to guide consumers away from dangerous toys. Families deserve to feel safe with the products they purchase and receive for their children. This list contains toys with hidden hazards, defects, inappropriate age limits, and dangerous features you’ll want to avoid this holiday season. 

10 Worst Toys of 2022 by W.A.T.C.H.

Zeus Lion

Warning: Potential For Ingestion/Aspiration Injuries: While marketed to children as young as 24 months old, this stuffed animal poses a life-threatening risk of ingestion and aspiration injuries. The long hair fibers on the toy may detach with play and can easily be put in a child’s mouth. (Retailers: Walmart, Amazon, Henry Bear’s Park)

Bunny Rabbit Cuddly Pillow

Warning: Potential For Suffocation: The warning on this plush product focuses on the toy being a choking hazard due to small parts, but another risk not listed is suffocation. Manufacturers' warnings state that consumers should not purchase this product for children under 3, yet a conflicting recommendation on the packaging suggests the pillow can be for all ages. (Retailers: Amazon, Walmart)

Li’l Woodzeez Tickle-Your-Taste-Buds Bakery

Warning: Potential For Choking Injuries: While this Li’l Woodzeez Bakery set is marketed to children 3+, several smaller parts of this toy are choking hazards for young children. There are at least 69 pieces (mini pies, bread, cake slices, and other small food items) that are all choking hazards. Manufacturers did include a warning, but only on the throwaway tag. (Retailers: Amazon, Target)

Disney Raya’s Action & Adventure Sword

Warning: Potential For Blunt Force and Eye Injuries: Raya’s Action & Adventure Sword is made for children 3+ but can cause serious injuries when used. The sword is made of rigid plastic that can lead to blunt force injuries and eye injuries, particularly to the face. (Retailers: Amazon, Walmart, Target)

Pop’n Fidget Spinners

Warning: Potential For Choking Injuries: There are no age recommendations on this product, which is misleading as it can be a risk for small children. The rubber pop buttons can detach and pose a choking hazard. You won’t find any warnings about this risk on the packaging. (Retailers: Walmart, Amazon)

Ooze Labs Chemistry Station

Warning: Potential For Chemical-Related Injuries: Ingesting the slime from this chemical set could harm a child’s health. Manufacturers warn parents not to allow children to use this product alone. However, it’s marketed to children as young as 6, and the risk of ingesting at this age (supervised or not) can be high. (Retailers: Target, Amazon, Walmart) 

Cocomelon Musical Learning Watch

Warning: Potential For Battery Ingestion Injuries: This watch marketed for children 3+ has a button/coin battery that could pose a risk of ingestion injuries. Swallowing batteries can lead to serious and fatal internal chemical burns that can occur in as little as two hours. The compartment containing the coin battery in the back of the watch can be easily opened if not properly latched. (Retailers: Target, Amazon, Walmart, Kohls)

Dingray Musical Bath Toy

Warning: Potential For Ingestion and Choking Injuries: The Munchkin Dingray has a mallet included that could pose a choking injury for young children. Marketed for children as young as 12 months, the mallet is 6” in length and slender. Its size makes it easy to swallow, which could lead to the blocking of a child’s airway. (Retailers: Target, Amazon, Walmart)  

Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic Blasters

Warning: Potential For Eye and Facial Injuries: This product is one of the most dangerous toys on the list. The gun comes with small gel balls released with a semi-automatic blaster that can lead to facial and eye injuries. Warnings on the Nerf gun tell consumers to wear eyewear with the product and that the gel balls may leave temporary marks on the skin. It also states, “this is not a toy,” despite its proximity to the toy aisle. (Retailers: Walmart, Amazon, Ebay, Target) 

Black Panther Wakanda Battle Claws

Warning: Potential For Eye and Facial Injuries: These Black Panther claws are made of hard plastic and encouraged for children 5+. Modeled off the popular comic book character, warnings include prohibiting “hitting or swinging at people or animals.” However, children will most likely want to model the character’s moves, and the sharp claws can lead to eye and facial injuries. (Retailers: Target, Walmart, Amazon, JCPenny, Kohls)

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Delivery drivers are sacrificing their safety to meet Black Friday and Cyber Monday quotas, and it’s only getting worse. According to Vice, Amazon delivery drivers report more extended and stressful shifts the closer they get to the holidays. Some drivers are out delivering packages as late as 11 p.m.!  

Delivery drivers are already at a higher risk for work-related injuries simply due to the nature of their job. Adding in the pressure of peak shopping season and winter-related driving hazards, delivery drivers in 2022 are more at risk for motor vehicle accidents than ever. 

Holiday Safety Risks for Delivery Drivers 

Delivery drivers sacrifice their safety and health to get the job done during the holiday season. Not only are they exposed to factors that increase their risk for accidents, but the culture of speedy delivery encourages workers to take even more safety risks to meet the needs of their employers. 

Vice reported that Amazon delivery drivers typically see their shifts extend three to five hours longer than average after Black Friday. They work round-the-clock, often on weekends, and this schedule can extend past the holidays depending on returns and delays. 

One driver stated that 80% to 90% of delivery drivers do not wear their seatbelts during the holiday delivery season to increase efficiency. Drivers also reported missing lunch breaks and forgoing rest to keep working. 

Additional seasonal road hazards that increase the chance of delivery accidents and driver injuries:

Delivery Trends Putting Drivers at Risk 

There are several trends in the delivery industry that are putting stress on drivers that have made past holiday seasons even worse: 

Increased Online Buying

The pandemic has encouraged a lot of people to buy online rather than shop in-store. The most recent Annual Retail Trade Survey reported that e-commerce saw a surge of $244.2 billion more in online sales in 2020, a 43% increase from the year prior. The convenience of online shopping has continued for many consumers into 2021, and the trend is not looking to decrease much as we enter the 2022 holiday season. 

Guaranteed Fast Deliveries

Amazon and Target are popular companies that continuously promise same-day, next-day, and two-day deliveries. These shortened delivery times put a lot of stress on drivers who must meet these quotas. With increased orders during the peak holiday season, these delivery expectations are even more challenging for drivers. 


Some deliveries require drivers to hand a package to a customer personally. This requirement is often due to an item being fragile or expensive, but it could also be a customer preference. Hand deliveries slow drivers down, especially during periods of snow and ice, making their days even longer and more tiring. 

Photo Delivery Proof

Amazon has a feature that requires drivers to take a picture of a delivered package on a porch as a confirmation to the customer of delivery. This process takes more time than placing an item and walking away, especially when the driver has to upload the image to submit to the customer. 

How To Help Delivery Drivers

The work-culture delivery drivers endure during the holiday season is hard enough. You may not be able to reduce the number of packages they get, their work hours, or set expectations, but there are a few things you can do to make their jobs a bit easier:

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September marks the beginning of Baby Safety Month and a perfect opportunity to brush up on your baby safety knowledge. Every year, Safe Kids Worldwide reports that unintentional accidents in the home result in more than 2,200 infant fatalities and 3.5 million injuries every year. It’s up to all Connecticut parents and guardians to understand how these tragic accidents occur and what critical steps they should take to reduce their infant’s risk of accidents.

Baby Injury and Fatality Stats

For decades, motor vehicle accidents have been the leading cause of fatality for all children under 12. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports lack of proper child safety restraints is the most common cause of fatalities in these cases. Safety campaigns such as Child Passenger Safety Week have done an excellent job of spreading awareness and getting parents to focus on keeping their children extra safe when in the car.  But there are far more risks inside the home that could cause life-threatening injuries that parents should also be paying attention to. 

Babies love to explore as they grow and will get into anything and everything if you allow them to. The average home includes an endless number of hazards that can cause injuries to babies. Thankfully, babyproofing and safety planning can immensely reduce your infant's risk, and knowing the most common accidents is a good place to start. 

Safe Kids Worldwide divides infant injuries into two categories: fatal and non-fatal. Here are the Top Causes of Accidents for each type and how many estimated incidents occur each year. 


  1. Suffocation (1,207)
  2. Drowning (577)
  3. Fire/burn (263)
  4. Struck by/against (57)
  5. Fall (55)
  6. Poisoning (51)
  7. Cut/pierce (2) 


  1. Fall (1,955,939)
  2. Struck by/against (1,082,809)
  3. Cut/pierce (270,140)
  4. Fire/burn (93,064)
  5. Poisoning (47,273) 
  6. Suffocation (20,216) 
  7. Drowning (3,741)

How To Observe Baby Safety Month

Most accidents involving infants in the home are unintentional and result from a lack of supervision or babyproofing. Safe Kids Worldwide has reported a significant decrease in infant fatalities and injuries over the years when communities continue to discuss the topics of injury prevention in the home. 

Baby Safety Month was founded by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) in 1983 to help parents, guardians, and educators better protect infants in their care. Here are some ways to continue spreading the message that it only takes a few steps to save an infant's life.

Stay Educated 

Become an advocate for baby safety by staying educated on facts and trends related to baby safety. You can find toolkits and educational resources to help increase your own knowledge through JPMA that provide information on the history of home baby safety, prevention methods, unsafe products to discard, safe products to consider, and tips on safety planning. 

Babyproof Your Home

Don’t just learn and talk about baby safety– implement these practices in your home! Make sure you are baby-proofing your home appropriately based on your child's age and ability. Baby-proofing can include anything from putting up a gate and covering outlets to removing small toys and rearranging your rooms so that unsafe decorations and items are out of reach. 

Practice Baby Safety Tips 

Some of the most terrible infant tragedies can be prevented with simple steps. These five safety tips by JPMA are ones everyone can start right away:

  1. Only feed your baby soft snacks to avoid choking.
  2. Inspect toys often and remove any broken pieces.
  3. Keep medicine (especially gummies) out of sight and reach of children. 
  4. Never shake or toss your baby to prevent brain damage. 

Put baby gates near all stairs and rooms where babies can climb or pull things down.

Social Media Awareness

Use your social media pages to get your family and friends on board with spreading the message of infant safety this month. Using #BabySafetyMonth, you can post photos of your baby, children, or other graphics to help spread the word that babies need your help to stay safe and sound in the home while they grow.

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Taking your kids to the playground in the summer is perfect for keeping them active and moving. Kids love climbing, sliding, running, and swinging till they drop. But when extreme heat and humidity are present, combined with prolonged exposure to the summer sun, children are at an elevated risk for heat-related illnesses and injuries. 

Because of their size, children are already at a higher risk for heat stress than adults in the summer. The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) states that a child’s body mass to surface area ratio makes them more susceptible to heat-related illnesses, causing them to become dehydrated faster, especially when active. A child’s lack of judgment and love for play may also cause them to exert more energy in extreme heat without knowing how to regulate their bodies or rehydrate at appropriate times. 

In addition to the heat, playground equipment exposed to full sun can become so hot that it may be dangerous for children to touch! In 2018, a four-year-old girl suffered instant second-degree burns to her legs when going down a hot slide. News reports stated the temperature was in the triple digits the day of the incident, with the slide measuring over 150 degrees. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take a scorching day for the sun to heat up equipment to dangerous temperatures. 
With another possible heat wave coming to Connecticut, parents must stay alert to the heat index and weather conditions before taking their children out to play. Thanks to an article by Local News 8, here are some ways parents can prepare to keep kids cool and safe at the playground.

Stay Hydrated

Safety experts cannot stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated in the summer heat. Dehydration occurs when your body does not have enough water to function correctly, leading to the onset of heat-related illnesses. Children not only lose fluid faster, but they are less likely to drink when playing, putting them at increased risk for heat stress to occur. 
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) reports drinking enough fluids is the best way to keep your body hydrated and working properly. While water is the healthiest, sports drinks in moderation that replenish electrolytes can also be helpful on a hot day. Prepare a cooler or bag with plenty of fluids to keep your family hydrated and stick it nearby so children can take frequent drink breaks. If you run out, take a break and stop by a store to grab some more.

Avoid Hot Equipment

Ever hear your children scream that the slide is too hot? It may be even hotter than they think. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (C.P.S.C.) reports that thermal burns constitute a significant hazard on playground equipment in the summer. Metal, plastic, and other coated materials are all capable of causing first and even second-degree burns under the right conditions. The equipment that is most dangerous during hot and sunny days includes: 

You can find ways to cool down playground equipment, such as pouring cold water on slides or using a towel on a swing, but it’s probably not worth the risk. The C.P.S.C. reports children can get burned on equipment when it’s only 74 degrees if in full sun most of the day. Avoiding the playground for the day is always safer if the equipment is unsafe to touch.

Play Early or Later

One way to avoid hot playground equipment is to plan your visit before it has prolonged exposure to the sun. The sun increases in intensity as the day continues, hitting peak heat and radiation between 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm in the summer, according to the Weather Station Lab

The best time to go to the playground with children is early, preferably before noon or even 10:00 am, depending on how early your little ones wake. You should also hold off on the playground until after 4:30 pm when the sun begins to set and the temperatures become cooler again.

Utilize Shade and Sunscreen

Direct sunlight can cause your child to overheat quickly. Ensure you provide your family with a shaded area at the playground to avoid the sun when it becomes too intense. Hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, protective clothing are great options for your children to use as shade while they play. For the skin that is exposed, always apply an appropriate sunscreen to protect them from sunburns. To find safe sunscreens perfect for your family, EWG provides a guide to sunscreens with the most recent reviews.

Take Frequent Breaks

Your children may need a little encouragement to stop playing, but frequent breaks are vital to protecting them from heat-related illnesses and injuries. The National Athletic Trainers Association (N.A.T.A.) advises parents to provide children 10 to 15-minute fluid and rest breaks every 25 to 30 minutes when playing outdoors in the heat. Setting a timer and keeping all children in your playgroup on the same schedule can help wrangle everyone into resetting to avoid heat stress. Snacks, books, and toys can also help keep kids still enough to cool down before they start to play.

Always Play Safe

Following general playground safety rules can significantly help keep your children safe on the playground, especially when they are hot and more prone to accidents. Ortho Info highlights the following safety steps parents can take on every visit: 

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Drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 0 to 4 and the second leading cause of death for children 0 to 17. But while most Connecticut residents understand the act of drowning, how to spot it, and ways to prevent it, other conditions such as “dry drowning” and “secondary drowning” are causing concern and confusion. 

The first alleged “dry drowning” case hit the news in 2008 when a 10-year-old boy from South Carolina reportedly died days after inhaling water while swimming in a pool. It was later determined that the boy died of a health condition called “secondary drowning.” Still, the widespread media attention to the possibility of “dry drowning” and the idea that children could die days after water exposure made parents panic. 

While neither “dry drowning” nor “secondary drowning” is an approved medical term, they refer to health complications that are related to or lead to instances of unintentional drowning. Connecticut parents should stay educated on the signs and symptoms of any condition that can harm a child in the water and know how to prevent these tragic accidents this summer.

Types of Drowning

There are three types of drownings parents may hear about in mainstream media this summer: unintentional drowning, secondary drowning, and dry drowning. All of these conditions can prove to be fatal without emergency and medical intervention. Knowing the differences between each one can help parents prevent tragedies from occurring and spot concerning behaviors in time to seek life-saving medical attention.

Unintentional Drowning

Unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death in children 0 to 4 and the only medically recognized term among the three. Despite popular belief, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) reports that unintentional drowning does not occur all at once but in stages:

This entire process takes only a few minutes; it does not occur over a long period. Children cannot drown hours or days after exposure to water, as experts from Mayo Clinic have confirmed.

Secondary Drowning

While often used interchangeably, “secondary drowning” and “dry drowning” are not referring to the same conditions. According to Mayo Clinic, secondary drowning–while not a medically accepted term–refers to delayed illnesses from aspirating too much water. 

Most of the time, the body can absorb extra water aspirated into the lungs over time; secondary drowning refers to the rare instances when a body does not.  In these cases, water aspirated into the lungs irritates the lining, causing pulmonary edema, a condition involving excess fluid build-up and resulting in a lack of oxygen to the body. This disorder is mainly caused by pre-existing heart issues but can occur with harmful exposure to water. 

Symptoms of pulmonary edema generally worsen within 5 to 8 hours after onset and include difficulty breathing, uncontrollable coughing, wheezing, extreme fatigue, disorientation, and slurred speech. Mayo Clinic reports that there are cases where symptoms develop over time, but it depends on the cause of the illness.

Dry Drowning

The act of “dry drowning” doesn’t refer to any type of drowning but more to possible health conditions that, if occurring in the water, could lead someone to drown. This could include a heart attack, stroke, or rare diseases such as laryngospasm. As defined by the Cleveland Clinic, this illness affects only 2% of drowning victims. It leads the body to block its own airway when water enters, leading to suffocation rather than fatal aspiration when drowning. 

The term “dry drowning” came about in 2008 when several stories connected rare child fatalities to water exposure occurring days prior. Sadly, many “dry drowning” deaths reported over the years were caused by underlying health conditions such as heart disease or rare bacterial infections. Still, the widespread misinformation has made parents unnecessarily worry about their children drowning even days after swimming or playing in the water. 
Because dry drowning deaths could encompass any health condition that could pose a drowning risk, health experts quoted in a recent USA Today article advise parents to be careful. Safety advocates recommend avoiding terms such as dry, wet, near, passive, and silent to describe types of drowning to prevent further misinformation from spreading.

How to Prevent All Drowning Accidents

The good news for parents is that almost all drowning accidents, no matter their classification, can be prevented with supervision and preparation. Children are only as safe in the water as we allow them to be, and they need their parents and guardians to prepare for emergencies. 

The American Red Cross provides the following safety suggestions for keeping your family healthy and safe this summer in the water: 

Know CPR: CPR is a life-saving process that can save a child who has aspirated too much water. You can find CPR certification courses in Connecticut through the Red Cross. Consider doing it with other parents in your social group for extra protection!

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Sunlight is certainly beneficial for our skin, but too much fun under the sun can also lead to life-threatening consequences. The sun's beautiful rays emit dangerous Ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can harm your skin and body. According to the Skin Care Foundation, 1 in 5 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, and at least two people diagnosed die every day from unrepairable damage. 

Thankfully, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk for skin cancer and other sun-related health conditions. Preparation for your days under the sun to reduce direct and prolonged exposure is key. Understanding why UV rays are harmful and learning about the different types of sun damage can help you choose the best protection for you and your family, putting the worry of unhealthy exposure to rest.
To help spread awareness about UV dangers and the preventative measures available, July has been deemed UV Safety Month. The focus of this campaign aims to educate the public on the long-term and life-threatening consequences that can result from UV rays and what you can do in your home to reduce your risks to help you enjoy the summer season.

What is UV Ray?

UV radiation, as defined by the American Cancer Society, is a form of electromagnetic radiation originating from the sun or produced by an artificial source, such as a welding torch or tanning bed. There are several types of radiation ranging in severity from low energy (radio waves) to high energy (x-ray scans). 

UV rays are considered moderate in severity. They contain less visible light than x-ray scans, but result in more severe health complications than low-frequency rays. UV rays are categorized into three groups based on energy intensity:

Natural UV rays originate from the sun. But, as mentioned above, when discussing UVC rays, there are several types of artificial sources that can result in UV exposure that is sometimes more harmful than direct sunlight. These include: 

Health consequences of UV Ray Exposure

The most common health condition resulting from exposure to UV radiation is skin cancer. The type of UV rays, length of exposure, and the genetic makeup of a person’s body will ultimately determine the type of cancer and prognosis of recovery. The American Cancer Society reports these most common types of skin cancer associated with UV exposure: 

Studies cited by the American Cancer Society found that while basal and squamous cell skin cancers are directly linked to UV exposure from the sun overtime, melanoma– a more deadly type of skin cancer– is a result of prolonged periods of sun exposure, bad sunburns, and often correlates with signs of sun damage including the following: 

The American Cancer Society reported that studies have also shown that increased sun exposure can result in a weakened immune system. Individuals with weakened immune systems have increased difficulty fighting off infections, which can be particularly dangerous in a hospital or other medical facility where bacteria and diseases are frequently present.

UV Safety Month Resources

The purpose behind UV Safety Month is not just to remind Americans that UV rays are harmful but to remind the public of the precautions they can take to reduce their sun exposure this summer. Most of these steps are simple, despite the life-threatening results that can occur without them. The best place to start is knowing the facts and planning your day based on your knowledge of the sun’s strength and position in the sky. 

While every day is different, the most intense part of the day for UV exposure from the sun is between 10 am to 4 pm. This does not mean UV rays are absent before or after this period, but your risk for severe exposure and uptake is far lower. 

Depending on your activity level, weather conditions, and temperature/humidity levels, here are the most effective safety steps to further reduce your sun exposure this summer: 

Wear sunscreen: Sunscreen on a very hot day, especially when involved in water activities, is often the last protection between your skin and the sun. Make sure to pick the right sunscreen for your day with an SPF of at least 15 that protects against UV-A and UV-B, and reapply as instructed.

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If you thought Connecticut motor vehicle accidents were the only rising tragedies since the pandemic, think again. Fatal boating accidents in Connecticut have been equally on the rise in the last two years. In 2021, the Connecticut Coast guard reported 43 boating accidents, seven of which were fatal. More boating accidents were recorded the year prior– 54 in total–but the fatality rate was lower, with only three deadly incidents.

Boating is more than just a hobby for Connecticut residents, it is a lifestyle. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (D.M.V.), there are approximately 86,816 registered vessels in Connecticut. This number only accounts for boats with motors, sailboats, and vessels 19.5 feet or longer in length. There are tens of thousands of kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, and other rowing vessels that could also be out perusing the waters on any given day. 

With so many boats traveling along Connecticut waterways and coastlines, boat operators must stay alert and use precautions. Boating accidents can happen quickly and result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Before you venture out this season, here are the facts you need to know about boating accidents and how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe from preventable harm.

Pandemic-Related Rise in Boating

Similar to how people were trying to escape their homes during the pandemic by taking to the roads, Connecticut residents were eager to escape onto the water. 
The CT Post reported that Connecticut boat registrations nearly doubled in 2020, despite a 14-year consecutive drop in registrations prior. By the end of the year, 10,962 newly registered vessels were filling up almost every dock along the coast. When there’s an increase in boats sharing the water, especially a rapid increase as seen in 2020, the risk of accidents also rises.

Boating Accident Statistics in Connecticut

Sadly, most fatal boating accidents are preventable, and most involve the absence of one life-saving piece of equipment: lifejackets. When looking at the seven Connecticut boating fatalities occurring in 2021, records show that five of the victims were not wearing life jackets at the time of the accident; the sixth victim reportedly wore a life jacket that did not fit properly and slipped at the time of the accident. 

Even when wearing a life jacket, the size and speed of motorboats can lead to life-threatening injuries when collisions occur on the water. The seventh boating fatality in 2021 involved a boater wearing a lifejacket but suffered a blunt force trauma in an accident. 

Other factors that play a role in causing severe and fatal boating accidents include: 

Boating Safety Tips

Boating accidents can happen to anyone, veteran and amateur boaters alike. Before stepping foot on a boat this season, taking every precaution to protect you and your occupants from harm is crucial. 

During National Safe Boating Week, News 12 Connecticut released a list of the top boating safety tips all water lovers should follow this season to reduce preventable accidents. These tips included: 

Beware of CO Poisoning: Sitting too close to the motor or exhaust can result in Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. Ensure your engine is well maintained to reduce leaks and blocks, and park running boats 20 feet from beaches or docks.

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Preliminary reports from the Federal Highway Administration (F.H.W.A.) show that traffic fatalities across Connecticut are officially rising. According to recent data analyzing traffic fatality reports between 2020 and 2021, Connecticut has seen a 10% jump in fatal motor vehicle accidents in the last two years, slightly higher than the national average increase. Preliminary fatality rates for Connecticut are predicted to result in at least 327 for 2020 compared to 295 fatalities in 2019.

Unfortunately, this deadly trend extends far beyond the Connecticut border, affecting most other states across the country. In 2021, the F.H.W.A. reports at least 42,915 Americans were killed in motor vehicle accidents, a devastating 16-year-high and a 10.5% increase from 2020. 

What’s Causing Connecticut Traffic Fatalities to Rise

There were several pandemic-related factors to consider when looking at the F.H.W.A. data on why traffic fatalities rates rose from 2020 to 2021, most of which are still present today. Connecticut motorists need to understand the dangers of these factors and how they affect their daily driving habits to help everyone on the road. 

More Cars on the Road 

When the initial lockdowns lifted, most Americans were comfortable leaving their homes again and hit the road for work and travel. Unfortunately, because so many cars hit the road at once, congestion-related accidents rose significantly. 

Accidents are bound to occur when you have millions of cars operating on the same roads. We see this every holiday weekend when AAA warns everyone about the tens of millions of vehicles predicted to travel. Unfortunately, most motorists on the road after lockdowns had taken a significant break from driving when the pandemic hit. Lack of experience and practice can lead drivers to make small errors that could prove deadly on congested and chaotic roads. 

Cars Driving More Miles 

Not only are there more cars on the road, but the F.H.W.A.’s reports also found that prolonged periods of lockdowns caused a spike in how often and far Americans were driving when finally free to flee. Cross-country and cross-state driving escalated with eager road travelers almost instantly. In 2021, the vehicle miles traveled by Americans increased by 325.2 billion, 11.2% compared to the year prior.

The more you are on the road as a driver, the higher your chances are of getting into a vehicle accident. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), long car rides are precursors to driver fatigue that can impair your abilities and judgment. Driving is often a monotonous task. When a driver is experiencing fatigue, this may result in nodding off, slow reaction times, drifting, tunnel vision, and other known effects leading to vehicle accidents. 

Reckless Driving

Even though there were fewer cars on the road at the beginning of the pandemic, studies showed that more people were dying in car accidents. An article in Connecticut Public contributed this phenomenon to an uptick in reckless driving on empty roads. More drivers were hitting top speeds taking advantage of no traffic, and causing catastrophic damages when accidents occurred. 

In addition, many drivers are not following the rules of the road, and we have all seen speeding drivers weaving in and out of lanes on the highway, terrifying other drivers.  It is a cascading effect on everyone else—people think that if others are not following the rules of the road, then they don’t have to either—and it can lead to total chaos.

Ineffective Traffic Pattern 

Cities that entirely shut down during the pandemic changed significantly before traffic returned to pre-pandemic levels. The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy reported that several municipalities had been forced to entirely re-evaluate their typical traffic patterns to reduce congestion and safely incorporate pedestrians and cyclists to reduce fatal accidents. 

How to Drive Safe on Post-Pandemic Roads

As Connecticut continues to recover from the return of pre-pandemic traffic, it’s essential to remember the basic safe driving habits as the first step in keeping our roadways safe. Here are some general safe driving habits all motorists should adopt every time they get behind the wheel: 

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The need to plan for Fourth of July safety has never been greater. Many Connecticut residents have been bottled up inside or playing it safe at get-togethers the last few years due to fear of spreading COVID-19. Now that life has returned to pre-pandemic activity levels, patrons of this summer holiday are ready to let loose. 

While Independence Day is one of the most exciting and patriotic holidays of the year, it’s also the deadliest. The National Safety Council (N.S.C.) reports that the weekend surrounding July 4th has the highest accident statistics of any other holiday on the road and at home. Here are some of the most common risks your family should prepare for to keep everyone safe this holiday weekend. 

Road Fatalities 

Over the July 4th weekend, drivers have a 20% higher chance of getting into an accident than at any other time of the year. Based on road trends from previous years, the N.S.C. estimates 462 people may lose their lives on American roads this weekend from preventable accidents. 

Independence Day is one of the riskiest holidays on the road, equally affecting drivers, occupants, cyclists, and pedestrians. Some of the risk factors leading to these holiday tragedies include:  

Firework Dangers 

Firework shows and displays are the grand finales of most Fourth of July celebrations and one of the most dangerous. The National Fire Protection Association reports thousands of injuries every July 4th weekend related to firework accidents. Sadly, most of these injuries affect teens and children, suffering devastating burns, amputations, and in the worst cases, fatal injuries. 

Most firework injuries occurring on or around the Fourth of July are burn injuries affecting the hands and fingers (28%), legs (24%), eyes (19%), head, face or ears (15%), trunk area (10%), or the arms (4%). 

Avoid lighting fireworks at holiday parties and backyard barbeques to help keep your family and loved ones safe. Consider attending a local firework show where professionals are trained to operate these explosive contraptions from a distance safely. For those looking for something exciting other than fireworks, the N.F.P.A. suggests the following non-firework activities as replacements: 

Water Safety 

Independence Day is all about cooling off in the water, pool parties, beach parties, lake trips, and more. Sadly, whenever swimming is involved at a holiday party, the risk of drowning significantly increases. Studies by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) show drowning is the leading cause of death for children 0-4 and the second leading cause of death for children ages 0-17.

When it comes to preventing drowning deaths, there are several steps Connecticut residents can take to protect their loved ones this holiday. Supervision is always the first and most important safety practice. Drowning happens quickly and quietly, even when parents are standing feet away. 

Parents and caregivers should always have close and sober eyes on swimming children, standing close by to react in the case of an emergency. It’s also important to note that beaches across Connecticut are experiencing a massive shortage of lifeguards, making it especially crucial to supervise children whenever you swim this holiday. 

Other safety tips for preventing drowning tragedies include: 

Pet Safety 

The Fourth of July is exciting for humans but it’s full of dangers and frightening things for pets. From picnics sporting unhealthy food to noisy fireworks to crowded celebrations, your pets may not enjoy this lively holiday as much as you think. 

The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests pet owners take the following steps prior to celebrating Independence Day this weekend to keep their pets safe and healthy: 

We wish every Connecticut resident and family a Happy Fourth of July weekend! Have fun and stay safe. 

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Summer is almost here! It’s been another challenging year, and millions of Connecticut residents are eager to start the season of outdoor fun in the sun. But before you jump right in, don’t forget to prepare for safety to reduce injuries that can ruin a good time. 

Between the extreme heat and general excitement of the season, summer-related accidents can happen quickly, and results can be severe– even fatal. Knowing the risks and taking precautions while working and playing this summer is essential to help you prepare and prevent dangers. Here are the most common summer hazards associated with your favorite activities and how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe. 


Regardless of whether you’re swimming in a pool, lake, or the ocean this summer, swimming can be dangerous without proper safety measures in place. Drowning is a concern for swimmers of all ages, especially children. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) reports that unintentional drownings remain the second leading cause of death for children 0-17 and the leading cause of death for children 0-4. 

Supervision is the most effective measure to take when it comes to preventing unintentional drownings. Always supervise children in the water and accompany children in the water if they cannot swim. Other steps you can take to stay safe while swimming include: 

Finally, it has been all over the news that lifeguards are in short supply. It is essential to be aware that there are limited lifeguards and to supervise your children and swimmers swimming alone. Paying attention is primary as we cannot count on lifeguards to be everywhere.

Boating and Personal Watercrafts

Boating and personal watercrafts are a staple in New England when it’s finally warm enough to stand the water. Both motorized and non-motorized vessels can pose risks to occupants. Understanding the dangers of your particular boat and your surroundings is the first step to staying safe. 

Connecticut has seen a significant rise in boating accidents since the pandemic. Boaters and occupants reduce injuries and accidents using basic boating safety measures highlighted by the National Safety Council (N.S.C.), such as: 

If you’re looking to take a ride on a boat, be sure to only accept invitations from people who are certified/licensed captains with credentials. During the pandemic, many people bought boats to escape their confines but had little to no experience on the water or driving a boat.

Water Sports

On the East Coast, summer is the season when water sports come alive. Surfing, water skiing, paddle boarding, and other endless excitement will fill every lake and ocean across the state. But as fun as these activities are, injuries resulting from water sports accidents can be catastrophic and fatal when things go wrong. 

Common injuries related to water sports accidents include head injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and tissue damage. To stay safe, the Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin provides the following tips: 

Beach Trips

Summer is the official start of beach season! Before you and the family pack up the blanket to your favorite beach, remind everyone how to stay safe when hanging out near open water. 

Unlike pools, lakes and oceans provide unique hazards and deep, deep water than can pose a severe risk for injuries. The Red Cross recommends taking the following steps every time you visit the beach to keep everyone safe: 

Summer Jobs

Okay–maybe this isn’t the most fun of all summer activities but working a summer job can cause life-threatening injuries that can put you in the hospital. 

Working in the summer often involves exposure to extreme heat, humidity, and direct sunlight. The three most common heat-related illnesses include heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. All these conditions result from the body overheating, but heatstroke is by far the deadliest. 

Workers can protect themselves from heat-related illnesses by monitoring their body temperature throughout the workday and knowing how to identify the symptoms. Taking frequent cooldown breaks, drinking lots of water, wearing light-colored and breathable clothing, and never overworking in extreme heat can also help prevent the onset of heat-related injuries. 

We wish all Connecticut residents and families a safe and healthy summer!

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