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Are the Chemicals Used to Clean Swimming Pools Safe?

Are the chemicals used to clean swimming pools dangerous? According to a recent WRAL-TV report, in certain situations, yes. Per the WRAL-TV story, a YMCA in Durham was closed following a poolside chemical spill that resulted in 40 kids being hospitalized. A lifeguard first noticed the spill. The lifeguard smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the indoor pool pump room. This led to the YMCA contacting EMS. The Durham Fire Department was contacted. The fire department declared the incident a hazmat situation, dispatching 11 fire department units, including 25 firefighters and a hazmat team, to the scene. A summer camp held at Club Boulevard Elementary School used the YMCA’s pool daily. As a result, around 100 children from the camp had been swimming in the pool prior to the emergency. After everyone was removed from the pool, some of the kids began complaining that they were having breathing problems….
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What Happens If a Driver Is Caught Passing a Stopped School Bus?

WBTW-TV recently reported on what North Carolina is doing to prevent drivers from passing stopped school buses. Per the report, Governor Roy Cooper signed the Senate Bill 55, also known as the School Bus Cameras and Civil Penalties Bill, into law late last month. Under the new law, drivers can be fined hundreds or even thousands of dollars for passing a stopped school bus. It was already illegal for drivers to pass stopped school buses even before SB 55 was passed. However, the new law enables school districts and local governments to install  cameras on school buses that can spot drivers who pass stopped buses. The cameras work like red light cameras. When a school bus is stopped and the stop sign is extended, the cameras are activated and any vehicle that passes the bus during that time is recorded. If drivers are caught breaking SB 55, they will be…
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Is the Drinking Water in Wilmington Safe?

Is the drinking water in Wilmington toxic? According to a recent WRAL-TV report, there was a chemical found in Cape Fear River that could be harmful to humans. The chemical, GenX, is a byproduct of manufacturing that is being dumped into the river by a Chemours plant in Fayetteville. So far, studies done on the impact that GenX has on humans have failed to show whether or not the substance is harmful to humans. What’s North Carolina Doing to Make Wilmington’s Drinking Water Is Safe? Governor Roy Cooper has asked Chemours to stop dumping GenX into the Cape Fear River. In addition, Governor Cooper has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set standards on the discharge of GenX, so that he can require Chemours to stop dumping the chemical into Wilmington’s drinking water. Chemours recently admitted that it has been releasing GenX into the Cape Fear River since 1980….
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How Can My Business Recover Following a Disaster?

Last week, we reported on the massive power outage that plunged the Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands in the Outer Banks area into darkness, and forced the evacuation of tourists vacationing on the islands. Recently, WRAL-TV updated the story. Per WRAL-TV’s report, the islands have restored power, allowing tourists to return as of Friday, August 4 at noon. It is great to hear that the power is back on and tourists can continue their vacations. However, damage has still been done to both tourists whose vacations have been ruined and businesses that depend on tourism, such as hotels, boating tour companies and restaurants. How can a business recover from an incident like this? Tips to Help Businesses Recover After a Disaster Entrepreneur published an article with tips to help businesses rebound following a disaster. Here are a few of the tips featured in the Entrepreneur piece: Talk to your insurance company…
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Are Rides at the Fair Safe?

Are rides at the fair dangerous? A deadly disaster involving a ride at the Ohio State Fair last month has led to changes regarding safety regulations for amusement park rides in North Carolina. Per WTVD-TV, the incident in Ohio involved a ride called the Fire Ball. Reportedly, the ride was spinning and swinging back and forth when it collided with something, causing part of the ride to detach. Seven people were injured and one man was killed as a result of the accident. As of this writing, authorities were still determining what led to the ride malfunctioning. Following the incident, the North Carolina Department of Labor issued a moratorium on all Fire Ball rides statewide until it can be determined whether they are safe or not. What Should I Do If I’m Hurt While on a Ride at the Fair? We go to events like the fair, because we want…
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