safety

Science
10:55 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Study: Detergent Pods Can Harm Children Who Play With Them

Laundry detergent makers recently introduced miniature packets, but doctors across the country say children are confusing the tiny, brightly colored packets with candy and swallowing them.
Pat Sullivan Associated Press

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 6:58 am

It's generally a good idea to have the number of the poison control center handy. That's an even better plan if you have laundry detergent and small children at home.

For decades, poison centers received many calls each year about children swallowing laundry detergent or getting it in their eyes. That problem has gotten worse due to new highly concentrated single-load liquid laundry detergent packets.

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Society
6:18 am
Wed October 30, 2013

KY Fire Commission Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Children look forward to the fun and excitement of Halloween, but the Kentucky Fire Commission says everyone should remember to celebrate safely.

The commission's is advising trick or treaters to Wear bright, reflective and flame-resistant costumes and add reflective tape to be visible to drivers.

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Society
2:13 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Kentucky Official Stresses Water Safety Over Holiday

Heavy boat traffic on the lakes this holiday weekend has Law Enforcement reminding boaters to take extra caution.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife's Sgt. Gary Clark stresses the importance of wearing a life jacket at all times on the water and for drivers to be alert of their surroundings. Clark also recommends caution tonight when marinas have their own firework shows after dark.

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Society
8:17 am
Thu October 25, 2012

KSP Warns Drivers to Watch Out for Deer

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Kentucky State Police say drivers in the fall are likely to see deer on or near roadways, a serious issue that caused nearly 3,000 wrecks in the state last year. State police spokesman Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard says three of the wrecks were fatal. 

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Government
8:24 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Illinois Fire Officials Offer Safety Tips for Campfires

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llinois state officials are reminding campers to practice fire safety, especially with the severe drought conditions in the state.  Officials with the State Fire Marshal’s office say that with the drought there's greater danger for brush fires.  There were 212 uncontrolled campsite fires reported between 2005 and 2012 and authorities say they could have been avoided.  Safety tips include avoiding building fires in windy conditions, not using gasoline or other substances that could cause explosions and never leaving a campfire or grill unattended.  Officials also recommend ensuring all fire

Society
2:42 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Road Safety

The Memorial Day Weekend will come to a close at day’s end.  Many people will be traveling home during the day.

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Online Dating
7:54 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Illinois Bill Aims to Make Online Dating Safer

Illinois state lawmakers are trying to make it safer for people to use online dating sites.  Legislation aiming to do that passed the House last week.  It would require Internet dating services operating in the state to post disclaimers saying whether they conduct background checks on their members.  The measure is sponsored by Democratic state Representative Michelle Mussman.  She says she wants to help Internet users "become more savvy" and protect themselves from online predators.  Opponents say the bill overreaches.

Government
8:28 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Safe Infants Act Protects Children, Parents

A 2001 law could have prevented the arrest of a Paducah teen and the death of her baby. The Safe Infants Act allows parents of newborns less than 72 hours old to drop the child off anonymously without consequences. Police departments, fire departments and hospitals are will all accept anonymous drop-offs. The law protects parents from legal repercussions as long as the child shows no signs of abuse. Parents have 30 days to change their minds before the child is put under permanent state custody.