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Grout Cleaning Tips

Grout is the substance used to fill the spaces between floor and wall tiles. A mixture of water, cement, sand, and color tint, it is a fairly porous substance that, over time, can fill with dirt, mold, and other unpleasant contaminants. Proper grout sealing can help to prevent these problems from occurring, but even the best sealing job may not be enough to prevent grout stains from appearing over time. Fortunately, cleaning your grout, while sometimes tedious, is fairly easy work.

Grout cleaning should begin with the cleaning solution itself. In most cases, grout can effectively be cleaned with do-it-yourself cleaning solutions, such as a mixture of equal parts baking soda, salt, and water. Spread this cleaning solution over any dirty areas and allow to soak for a few minutes. Then, with a stiff brush, scrub the area clean. You may also want to consider applying a bleach solution if there is any mildew or mold in your grout, as bleach will kill the spores and prevent them from growing further.

Once these tasks are complete, you can either wipe the area down with a wet towel or, even better, use a wet/dry vacuum to pull up any remaining dirt particles from the grout, leaving it looking clean and new. After this is done, you might want to consider applying a sealant to help prevent dirt from collecting in the future.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are particularly damaging in a way that many other types of injuries are not. Burns can occur extremely quickly, and if left untreated, can result in serious infections or even death. Therefore, it is important to understand what the possible causes of burn injuries can be, and how they can be avoided.

The most common cause of burn injuries is exposure to fire. Explosions, natural disasters, or even simply routine accidents can all expose an individual to serious burn injuries. Car accidents can similarly place an individual at risk of fire burn injuries.

Boiling liquids and steam can also cause serious burn injuries. In fact, except for extremely minor cases, these types of burn injuries are often more severe, as boiling liquids can more easily pass through several layers of tissue before the source of damage is stopped.

Chemical burns are another serious form of burn injury that can have serious long-term consequences. Depending on the type of chemical involved and the method of exposure, chemical burns can be among the most severe that an individual can suffer. Furthermore, because of the possibility of inhalation, exposure to hazardous chemicals which can result in burn injuries may even be life-threatening.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

preventing dog bitesKeeping their pets from biting innocent people should always be a dog owner’s priority, but sadly this is not always the case. More than 4.5 million people in the United States suffer dog bites every year. Most of these victims are young children and many of the incidents are completely preventable.

Postal workers are also in danger of sustaining dog bite injuries. In 2012, almost six thousand postal workers were attacked by dogs while trying to deliver the mail.

When dogs bite innocent people, their owners are the ones who can be held liable for the injuries that occur. To prevent being bitten by a dog, do not make any moves it may perceive as threatening, don’t put your hands near its mouth, and always respect their personal space. Being aware of how the dog feels can allow you to avoid a painful and injurious dog bite.


New Hampshire School District Sued by Fallen Girl’s Family

The School District in Salem, New Hampshire is facing a lawsuit as a result of a fall sustained by a student at a track and field event three years ago.

The then 12-year-old girl was taking a seat in the bleachers when she fell through a gap that was as wide as 15 inches and sustained serious injuries that included broken bones and forced her to be confined to a wheelchair for eight weeks.

The suit is being filed now rather than years ago in anticipation of any potential long-term effects that would not have been apparent at the time.

The school district has since made measures to prevent such falls from occurring again, but the lawsuit contends that they do not go far enough. The lawsuit also names the city of Salem as a defendant, but the city believes it has no liability and should not be included in the proceedings.

The Most Common Workers’ Compensation Injuries

Workers’ compensation, or more simply workers’ comp, is the system of financial support that is provided to workers who suffer an injury on the job to help them cope with medical bills and lost income. Workers’ compensation benefits can help workers in a wide range of different circumstances, ranging from relatively minor injuries that require only a few days’ recovery to those which can leave workers out of commission for significantly longer periods of time.

Almost any on-the-job injury, except for the most minor or the most unusual, will typically qualify an individual for workers’ compensation benefits. Nevertheless, most workers’ compensation benefits are paid out for a few common causes and types of injury. These include the following:

  • Slip or trip and fall accidents
  • Motor vehicle accident injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Workplace assaults
  • Accidents involving machinery

These are some of the most common forms of workplace injury resulting in workers’ compensation payments. However, many other workplace injuries may also render a worker eligible to receive compensation for their damages. It is important for workers to be aware of the specific regulations regarding workers’ compensation in the state in which they are employed in order to determine whether or not their injury will make them eligible for financial support.

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