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Summer Porch Safety Concerns

A faulty porch can turn a fun summer get-together into a dangerous and deadly event. Porches, both commercial and residential, are often made hastily or negligently and lack the upkeep necessary to maintain safety. Just last month, a second-story porch in Evanston collapsed, falling onto a first-floor porch, injuring several people. Police reported that the porch was not properly attached to the house and the weight of those on it led to its collapse.1

Bicycle and Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives

Bike-riding is one of the most popular hobbies in the summer. Whether it be a bicycle or a motorcycle, it is one of the best ways to get outside and enjoy the sun. Riding a bike isn't all care-free and ease, though, as it comes with dangers when both drivers and bikers alike aren't attentive. In 2012 (the most recent year with data available), Illinois ranked fifth in the nation in bicyclist fatalities.1 Between 2010 and 2012, there were 80 deaths in Illinois in bike-related accidents. California was first with 338. Bicycle fatalities rose by 16% between 2010 and 2012, while motor vehicle deaths rose by only 1%. This speaks to the vulnerability of bicyclists who travel on the street.

Simple Tips for Pool Safety

The sun is starting to come out and people are beginning to have more fun outside, but behind the scenes people are still working to make sure your summer is safe and injury-free. With the passing of Memorial Day, pools in Illinois are officially open. However, this is only possible when each of the 952 city-owned pools1 passes a health and safety inspection and secures a license. These inspections are conducted once a year by the Illinois Department of Public Health.1 However, despite state regulations and inspections, pools remain a source of serious injuries and deaths every summer.

Safety Must Be The Highest Priority for High-Speed Trains

A renewed emphasis on safety for public transportation has emerged after last month's deadly Philadelphia Amtrak crash and Illinois is making sure to jump onboard. A high-speed train line between Chicago and St. Louis that will reach speeds of up to 110 mph will be completed after the installation of a speed regulating safety system.
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