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Bret Hanna

Food Inspection in Utah Mired in Problems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture took over meat-inspection responsibilities at one of Utah’s largest meat packing facilities earlier this year, after critics raised an alarm about the state inspection program. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food provided inspection services […]

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Flash Floods Don’t Have to be Deadly

Two tragedies unfolded Monday in southern Utah within hours and miles of each other.  Late Monday afternoon, Zion National Park received .063 inch of rain in one hour, causing the Virgin River to rise incredibly fast.  Seven people from out-of-state […]

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The Today Show and Summer Safety

Jeff Rossen, investigative reporter for The Today Show and NBC News, has done a series of safety videos, several of which focus on dangers that crop up during the summer months.  In the last week or so, Rossen has aired […]

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Early Summer Lake Outing Ends in Tragedy

A late Monday afternoon outing on Bear Lake for the Capener family and two family friends turned deadly when their ski boat capsized, dumping all on board into the chilly lake water. Dr. Lance Capener, 46, was on the boat […]

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Texting Is Not The Only Distraction

The National Safety Council has dubbed April Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and distracted driving has become a primary focus of a number of safety campaigns.  One of the most persuasive and effective voices on the topic is the venerable EndDD […]

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Is There a Connection Between Bad Air and a Spike in Baby Deaths?

I’ve written recently about poor air quality issues in the basins of northern Utah and, ultimately, the Utah Legislature’s abject failure in crafting policy or legislation to deal with the issue.  It happened again this year, with no meaningful bills […]

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Inversions Finally Getting the Attention They Deserve

When I moved to Utah from the Midwest 20 years ago, I’d never heard of inversions; it turns out, the term “inversion” is a nice euphemism for smog.  Back then, no one talked about them much in Utah, especially if […]

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Make the 12 Days of Christmas and Those That Follow as Safe as Possible

Many people love to decorate for the holidays, a huge percentage with indoor and outdoor lighting, but there are many dangers for the unwary. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has compiled statistics that indicate an average of 160 structure fires […]

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It’s Child Passenger Safety Week

Who knew? Car seats have a shelf life and it is six years. I certainly didn’t know that factoid until I came across an article about it being Child Passenger Safety Week.  The week started Sunday and in Utah, Primary […]

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Safety on Two Wheels

In a five year period, Salt Lake City and surrounding Salt Lake County logged more than 1,000 auto-bike accidents. This, despite the fact that Salt Lake City is ranked as the 26th most bike friendly city in the nation. The […]