Workplace fatigue recognized as safety risk

“A good night’s sleep can be just as important as other safety fundamentals,” says IDOL Director information provided by the Illinois Department of Labor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 24, 2019) — Illinois Department of Labor Director Michael Kleinik joined with state and national safety experts to highlight the serious dangers posed by fatigue in the workplace, … Read more

Flooding often means more mosquitoes

But floodwater mosquitoes typically do not carry disease information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 17, 2019) – Months of rain and flooding in Illinois have created conditions ripe for floodwater mosquitoes (Aedes vexans). Fortunately floodwater mosquitoes, often called nuisance mosquitoes, are not known to carry disease. “It is important … Read more

Helping kids cope with disaster

IEMA offers tips information provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Association SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 15, 2019) – Children may experience distress when directly witnessing a disaster, coping with the loss of a family or friend, dealing with the ongoing stress of temporary living conditions, or facing the challenges to returning to pre-flood disaster life conditions. … Read more

IDNR reminds holiday revelers to leave fireworks to those who are licensed and trained

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Fireworks show sponsors reminded to check credentials of fireworks vendors information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 12, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates … Read more

Illinois officials caution residents about blue-green algae

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Most blue-green algae are harmless; some produce toxic chemicals information provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 12, 2019) – As temperatures begin to rise, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health are reminding residents to be cautious if they are planning activities on Illinois lakes and rivers, now … Read more

Safety tips for flood-related power outages

State officials urge extreme caution when using generators information provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 7, 2019) – As flooding persists throughout the State of Illinois, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency managers are encouraging those in the impacted areas to prepare for potential consequences from the prolonged … Read more

Pet safety tips

For owners and animals information provided by North Central Veterinary Emergency Center HIGHLAND, Ind. (June 2, 2019) – Veterinarians at North Central Veterinary Emergency Center share the following safety tips to help keep pets safe during the summer months. Dog bites Dog bites require immediate veterinary care. To help avoid dog bites, keep pets that … Read more

Evacuation preparation encouraged in ‘longest-lasting flood event since 1927’

State urges river communities, “Don’t Wait, Evacuate” information provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Association SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 30, 2019) – State officials are urging residents in river communities to prepare for potential evacuations due to the threat of rising floodwaters. Reports indicate this is the longest-lasting flood event since the Great Flood of 1927. … Read more