safety

5 must-know facts about the dangerous giant hogweed plant

Authorities have recently warned against the spread of giant hogweed, a poisonous, invasive plant that has spread to northern areas of Virginia for the first time — and it makes poison ivy seem like a friendly, no-hassle itch. Researchers at Virginia Tech's Massey Herbarium first...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:37pm

Everything you need to know about jellyfish stings to stay safe this summer

Around 150 million people experience jellyfish stings every year — and over 810 beach-goers in Florida's Volusia County were treated for jellyfish stings this past Saturday into Monday alone. Jellyfish stings are painful, and in the most severe cases, deadly. Symptoms include...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 2:00pm

So-called 'Drano bombs' are making a comeback — and it's scary

They might not be as damaging as devices made with metal fragments and pressure cookers, but a type of homemade bomb called the Drano bomb that’s been used to prank people for decades is making a comeback. And it’s all thanks to the viral nature of social media sites like YouTube and...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:12am

Indiana's using emojis to tell young drivers whether they're going too fast

A police department in Danville, Indiana is testing out a new way to implement safety on the roads. Hint: it's super hip.  Tuesday morning the Danville Metropolitan Police Department installed a "Digital Driver Feedback" speed limit sign along one of its roads —...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:47pm

Here's a friendly reminder to water your Christmas trees

Christmas trees signify love, life (unless it’s Home Depot artifical) and happiness — and we’ve learned a lot of things about them this year. For starters, there's a scarce supply in some parts of the country. They could be filled with bugs on bugs (up to 25,000), and there...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 2:31pm

K9 officer hot car deaths at a record high: PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told Metro exclusively that at least 13 K9 officers died as a result of being left in a hot car so far this year, already surpassing 2016’s K9 officer fatality numbers. Of the 13 K9 officer deaths, two resulted in criminal charges, four...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:32pm

The scary reason you should never blow out a candle

How often do you blow out candles to extinguish the flames? Probably every time there’s a candle burning, but it's apparently not the right way to do it. Ashley Brawley learned the hard way last weekend when flames from a Bath & Body Works vanilla-scented candle exploded in her face...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 1:38pm

Fidget spinners top most dangerous toys list

Fidget spinners have been lauded for their “therapeutic” effects, but a consumer watchdog group is warning parents that the viral gadget is one of the most dangerous toys of the summer. World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.), a Boston-based nonprofit, released its summer...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 3:51pm

Add this to your keychain, connect with police 3 times faster than dialing911

Guard Llama, recently seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” is a personal safety device that claims to best calling 911 with faster response time and — something local dispatch can’t do — it knows your location. Guard Llama is a smartphone app plus key fob, with potential...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 2:38pm