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Summer Safety Tips From Police

The Palos Park Police Department gives you a few tips on how to keep your family safe this summer.

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!

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A.J June 26, 2012 at 09:04 PM
illegal fireworks?? omg, thats so petty. The state of Illinois should just make it legal cause everyone enjoys them, Even tax them higher since towns love to raise tax on everything instead of cutting town budgets. Cell phone cause more accidents with the texting then people that get hurt by fireworks. Happy 4th to all and God bless the ones that served, proud to be American.
Matthew Howe June 27, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Texting while driving is also illegal. More people get injured by fireworks that are legal such as sparklers more than you realize or know.

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