Palos Park Police are gearing up for the traffic and increased recreational activity that traditionally accompanies the Fourth of July with extra patrols. Police Commissioner Dan Polk said officers will be on foot, on bike, and in patrol units. Patrol officers will be extra vigilant looking for underage alcohol possession, individuals driving under the influence, use of illegal fireworks and other criminal activity.
- Be aware of your surroundings and know where you will go if you need to seek shelter from an unexpected thunderstorm.
- On hot days, make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Remember, “If you see something, say something.” If you see people or activities that seem suspicious, report your observations to police or call 911.
Safety tips for kids and caregivers
- Teach kids to stay calm and stay put if they become separated from parents or other caregivers. Knowing what to do in this scary situation will help prevent a lost child from panicking.
- Taking items such as books, summer homework and movies on car trips to keep children occupied in the event of a long delay.
- Make sure your child's safety seat and safety belt buckles aren't too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.
- Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.
- Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.
- Always lock car doors and trunks--even at home--and keep keys out of children's reach.
- Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don't leave sleeping infants in the car ever!