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Sexual harassment is more common in the workplace than many might think. This is because often people tend to believe that the only instances of harassment occur when a person is forceful or attempts to make a sexual advance on an employee.

While these actions do constitute sexual harassment, much more subtle acts can also count as sexual harassment. This is why employees should understand what types of behaviors are considered to be sexual harassment under the law. When trying to show that subtle or repeated acts were a form of workplace sexual harassment, you will need to prove that the behavior created a hostile working environment.

Tips to help you avoid a dog bite

Dog attacks often happen very quickly, possibly with little warning. Maybe you're just out for a morning jog, for instance, listening to music on your headphones as you run along the side of the street. Suddenly, an off-leash dog charges out of a yard and comes right at you. Now what?

Nothing guarantees that the dog will not bite you. It happens to thousands of people every year. However, there are a few things you can do to avoid a bite. These tips may help:

  • Do not panic. You may just get the dog more agitated or make it think you are a threat.
  • Do not attempt to run. You cannot outrun the dog, and trying to just makes it see you as prey that it can chase.
  • Stay still and calm, facing the dog. You may talk to it in a calm voice.
  • Attempt to avoid eye contact. Dogs see this as a challenge or a confrontation.
  • Try some common commands. For instance, say things like "go home" or simply "no."
  • Attempt to put something in between you and the dog. If it lunges and you're holding a coat, for instance, thrust the coat forward and the dog may bite it and rip it away from you.
  • Walk away slowly, keeping an eye on the dog the entire time.

Southern California averages 4 traffic fatalities a day

Every day, an average of four people lose their lives in traffic accidents in Southern California.

Most people know that car accidents happen frequently in the United States. Turn on the news, and you can almost always find a story about a deadly crash. But statistics like this really help to put it in perspective. You really understand the risks you face when you know that four other people just like you are not going to make it home at the end of the day.

26-year-old pedestrian struck and killed

The risks to pedestrians near roadways cannot be overstated. A single mistake made by a driver can prove deadly for a pedestrian who has no way to avoid the accident and no protection from the impact.

Just how great these risks are was recently demonstrated in a crash when a man was hit while walking near the road. The car reportedly "overran" the victim. It is unclear if he was in a crosswalk or simply walking on the side of the road. What is known is that he was 26 years old at the time of his death and that he was of Greek descent.

How pedestrians can protect against an accident with a vehicle

As a pedestrian, it's natural to have concerns about being struck by a motor vehicle. You understand the impact this could have on your life, so you do your part in remaining safe at all times.

Even if you're alert and cautious, it's not always enough to keep you safe. There are other things you can do to protect against an accident with a vehicle, such as:

  • Cross the street in crosswalks: Anytime you have to cross the street, look for a crosswalk for protection. It doesn't guarantee your safety, but drivers are supposed to yield to pedestrians, which decreases the risk of an accident.
  • Follow the "walk" and "don't walk" signal at intersections: If the signal tells you to stay put for the time being, do it. Wait until you have the go-ahead before you take a step onto the street.
  • Look both ways: You've heard it since you were little, but it's worth noting again. You must look both ways before crossing the street. For instance, don't assume that drivers will stop just because they have a red light. Someone could be distracted to the point of driving through the intersection. Looking both ways can help you avoid a serious accident

What does safe highway driving look like?

Driving on the highway is a way of life for many people. But just because you spend a lot of time on these roadways doesn't make it any easier to maintain a high level of safety.

If you're serious about safe highway driving, here are four things you should do:

  • Obey the speed limit: There are speed limit signs everywhere, so you have no excuse for violating the law. Maintaining a safe speed is one of the best ways to prevent trouble on the road.
  • Don't follow too closely: At a minimum, leave three seconds of stopping time between your vehicle and the one in front of you. In certain circumstances, such as inclement weather or heavy traffic, more space is a must.
  • Share the road: Everyone has a right to use the road, so do your part in sharing it with others. For example, if a truck driver wants to pass you, move into the right lane and let them do so.
  • Avoid distractions: When driving on the highway at a steady speed, it's easy to let distractions mess with your focus. From your cell phone to vehicle controls to other passengers, there are many distractions to beware of. Avoiding these is critical to your safety.

How to safely approach an intersection when driving

When driving in a city setting, you'll approach one intersection after the next.

If there's a stop sign, you know that you should stop completely, check around you and proceed with caution. If there's a traffic signal, you know that green means go, and red means stop.

What to do about an aggressive dog

It's easy to believe that all dogs are friendly, but there could come a point when you find that this simply isn't true.

If you come face to face with an aggressive dog, it's critical that you take a few key steps to protect yourself. Here is what you need to do:

  • Don't make eye contact: This can provoke the dog into attacking, so avoid direct eye contact.
  • Cross your arms: It sounds meaningless, but it shows the dog that you're in a position of power.
  • Ignore the dog: This doesn't mean you should turn your head and walk away but ignoring the dog while carefully backing away may be the best way to defuse the situation.
  • Form a barrier: It's not always possible, but look for objects around you that can create a barrier between you and the dog. For example, you may be able to step to the other side of a fence or motor vehicle. By doing this, you give yourself the opportunity to assess the situation from a place of safety.

All forms of reckless driving increase the risk of an accident

Operating a motor vehicle is a big responsibility, as violating the law in any way can result in an accident that causes serious injury or death.

While you're following the rules of the road, it's possible that you'll come across others who are driving in a reckless manner. Reckless driving takes on many forms, including but not limited, to:

  • Excessive speeding: For example, if the speed limit is 55 mph and a person is driving 80 mph, it's a form of reckless driving that puts all other drivers in close proximity at risk.
  • Driving the wrong way on a one-way street: It doesn't matter if someone does this on purpose or by mistake, the end result is often a head-on collision.
  • Illegal racing: The only thing some people love more than driving fast is racing someone else while doing so. Doing this on a public road is reckless, as it shows total disregard for other drivers.
  • Ignoring weather conditions: For example, it's reckless to drive fast when rain is pouring down or dense fog has moved into the area.

How to prevent drunk driving during the holiday season

It's a joy to spend time with family and friends during the holiday season. It doesn't matter if you're doing so at home, at a local hot spot or even at work, you're sure to have a smile on your face. And in some cases, you're sure to have an alcoholic beverage in your hand.

Enjoying a drink or two during the holidays can add pleasure to an already enjoyable experience. But remember this: You must avoid drinking and driving at all costs.

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