Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Planning to travel or shop this weekend? Here are some tips for you.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The holidays are here! The busiest time of year is again upon us. Don’t let the hectic pace of the season keep you from using good judgment and common sense. Not doing so can expose you, your vehicle and maybe even your home to the whims of a thief. The old expression about not reinventing the wheel has a lot of validity, and you have probably heard some of these things before. Nevertheless, the topic is far too important not to repeat. Protecting yourself, your family and your belongings doesn’t have to be difficult, inconvenient or expensive. Sometimes all that is needed is a reminder. The Vernon Hills Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit has the following simple suggestions to help improve your security, both at home and away, …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Keep kids safe during Fourth of July events.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Fireworks are a fun and traditional part of Independence Day celebrations, but they can also be dangerous. Sadly, children and teens are too often hurt by fireworks. So, before the celebration begins, get your EyeSmart fireworks safety tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Of the 9,000 fireworks-related injuries each year, 21 percent are eye injuries and more than half of the victims are young children or teenagers. For example: “Many Americans get caught up in the excitement of the Fourth of July, and forget that fireworks are also dangerous explosives,” said Monica L. Monica, M.D., an ophthalmologist and clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “The safest choice is to attend a professional fireworks …
Friday, May 11, 2012
A Grayslake mom is petitioning for increased bus routes to Grayslake Central High School after her 15-year-old daughter was approached by a motorist as she walked to school.
The 15-year-old girl was headed to school, walking near Route 120 and Slusser Street when a brown SUV stopped and a young male driver tried to flag her down and offer her a ride. The girl ignored him, according to her mom Laura DeSpain, and the driver then turned off of Route 120 onto south Slusser, turned around in the lawn mower shop parking lot at Slusser and Route 120, and then turned back onto Route 120 to follow the girl. "He caught up to her at the designated safe Route 120/Lake Street stoplight when a red light caused my daughter to pause on the southeast corner of Route 120 and Lake Street before crossing," stated DeSpain. "He called to her from across the street again offering her a ride. My daughter ignored him and, when the …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The Lake County Health Department offers tips for those without electricity, and shares which two health department facilities are still without power.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Still waiting for power to come back on? Here are five safety tips to keep in mind from the Lake County Health Department: 1. A freezer that is half-full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours. However, two days have passed since Monday’s storm. This means that any food you still have in your refrigerator or freezer (that has been without power) most likely should be thrown out. The rule is that frozen foods need to be below zero in temperature and refrigerated foods need to be below 40 degrees. It is not worth it to take a chance and eat something that can make you sick. Don’t try to determine whether food is edible by its smell. The things in food that can make you sick you can’t smell…
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Health Department advises residents to beware of bats behaving strangely.
A bat killed by two cats in a Lake Villa home tested positively for rabies on May 20 and another bat found outside a Waukegan dog kennel also tested positively for rabies on May 23. The cats were given rabies booster shots and the dogs were determined to not have had contact with the bat, according to a news release from the Lake County Health Department. The Lake County Health Department is urging residents to avoid contact with bats. "We are urging people to be careful. Rabies are something you don’t want to mess around with because it's almost always fatal," said Mike Adam, senior biologist for the Lake County Health Department. Leslie Piotrowski, Lake County Health Department spokesperson, said bats are most active between June and …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
How you can help get drivers to ease off the gas in the neighborhoods.
“SSSTTTOOOOPPP!” I shout loud enough to be heard a block away. Abby freezes curbside moments away from running into the street after a ball. I take a deep breath. We’ve had the talk a hundred times over, and we’ll have it a thousand more: look both ways, twice, before crossing the street. It’s a basic lesson in growing up. But it’s not only the kids I worry about, it’s also the drivers. Too many times I see cars whipping past our driveway, accelerating faster on the long stretch of road without a stop sign. They are going well over the 25 mile-per-hour speed limit, or it seems like it anyhow. Most of us have done it before – maybe we were in a hurry, late for an appointment, or just distracted. I know I am guilty, but I learned my lesson …
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Families gathered at Northwestern Grayslake to learn about safety, explore safety vehicles and more at Northwestern’s sixth annual Children’s Health & Safety Fair May 7.
Safety was the word of the day at Northwestern’s sixth annual Children’s Health & Safety Fair at Northwestern’s Grayslake campus. Over 1,200 people came out to explore the number of safety vehicles on hand, learn more about health in the Teddy Bear Clinic and through additional information stations. Volunteers from Northwestern Hospital, the Grayslake Police and Fire Departments, Hainesville, Wildwood and other Lake County organizations were on hand to help educate families about safety issues, from bicycle safety to poison prevention. Robin Flory, a physical therapist at Northwestern Grayslake, enjoyed the event with her children and husband. “It’s important for kids to get a handle on healthcare at a young age,” she said about the event’…
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Students encouraged to make healthy decisions and stay safe during prom weekend in Grayslake.
The mangled car sat motionless by the side of the road. Fire and police officials arrived on the scene. One injured and moaning crash victim was put into a waiting ambulance. One teenage girl dressed for prom was laying on the pavement, unmoving. She was pronounced dead and her body was covered with a white sheet. The tragic incident was fortunately just a re-enactment created by high school students and rescue personnel. It was shown on two big video screens in the Field House at Grayslake Central High School this week. The message was clear - avoid this scene altogether. Do not drink and drive. After the video, a father, Joel Maines, shared a personal story about love and loss and the unspeakable damage caused by drunk drivers. His …
Friday, January 28, 2011
NIU's popular Motorcycle Safety Program will be hosted at CLC in Grayslake.
Boy needs transportation. Boy eyes hot motorcycle. Boy buys hot motorcycle. Boy goes to DMV to get motorcycle permit. Boy fails written test. Twice. Boy is not dismayed. Rather than accepting defeat, boy registers for the Basic Riders Course which is part of the Motorcycle Safety Project. Boy passes course, and the DMV knowledge and skills test is waived. Boy is now licensed to drive his motorcycle. More than that, he is prepared to drive it. Whether you own a motorcycle or not, the NIU Motorcycle Safety Project can help you with basic riding skills and more. Hosted by the College of Lake County, the Basic Riders Course prepares motorcyclists for the road. “The basics of the course is to learn how to ride a motorcycle correctly and as …