INDOT Encourages Safety with Farm Equipment on Roadways

Area motorists may have noticed farm implements on the roadways.

That’s because planting season is in full swing. Farmers often use local roads to navigate between fields. According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, this means car drivers should be more alert.
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Sen. Donnelly Shows Support for Bulletproof Vest Grant

Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says he supports an extension of a grant program that helps law enforcement.

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act was proposed for extension through 2020. It’s managed through the Department of Justice. The grant helps state and local police forces purchase the vests to improve safety.

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Utility Provider Encourages Marking Service Lines Prior to Spring Work

A local utility provider is encouraging safety before individuals or businesses begin any spring and summer excavation projects.

NIPSCO says April marks National Safe Digging Month and is encouraging residents to call the national “call-before-you-dig” number 8-1-1 two days prior to starting work. The 48 hour suggestion allows work crews to properly mark utility lines to avoid problems.

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Students Can Earn Scholarships for Driving Now, TXTing L8R

Multiple government agencies are partnering to give students scholarship opportunities.

The scholarships have been conducted in the past to help promote safe driving behind the wheel – especially when it comes to teens using their mobile devices. The “Drive Now. TXT L8R” campaign gives $5-thousand scholarships.

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Pulaski County Roads Hit Hard By Spring Thaw

Changes in the weather over the last few weeks have hit area roads particularly hard.

Pulaski County instituted a travel advisory last week due to the depth of the frost line, otherwise known as the depth to which the ground is frozen. According to Pulaski County Highway Superintendent Larry Brady, the travel advisory was put into effect due to the weather’s influence on the roadways.
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Sunday Time Change Brings Recommendation To Change Batteries

Daylight savings time will begin Sunday, and area emergency management agencies are asking residents to make changes to more than just their household clocks.

The time change officially occurs at 2:00 a.m. when clocks will move ahead by one hour. Emergency Managers from Indiana’s various counties are also advising that residents use the occasion to replace the batteries in their smoke detectors.
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Space Heater Misuse May Increase Fire Risk

The Knox Center Township Fire Department is reminding residents to follow a few key rules when operating a space heater this winter.

The devices use electricity to help warm various spaces in homes, typically during colder months. Keeping the device too close to flammable household items can result in structure fires or other damage.
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Protect Your Pets From Holiday Pitfalls

 Holidays can seem hectic at times,especially for our four-legged friends. The director of pet care issues at the Humane Society of the United States, K.C. Theisen, advises pet owners to take some precautionary steps to ensure a safe holiday for all members of the family, including the furry ones.

Before putting your pets outside consider the weather conditions. Although dogs and cats do have fur coats, they are still in danger of hypothermia or frostbite if left outdoors in freezing temperatures for an extended period of time.

Establish a “safe space” for your pet when guests come to visit. Some pets mingle among groups without an issue but others may be a bit skittish. Having a space where your animals can get away from all the hustle and bustle can reduce anxiety for yourself and your pets.

Keep absolutely all chocolate out of reach because it contains a toxin that is dangerous for cats or dogs to ingest. Plants to place in a pet-free space are poinsettias, mistletoe and holly. These plants can be poisonous and cause stomach problems if consumed.

If your pet is known to act rambunctiously be sure to securely anchor your Christmas tree and place garland, tinsel, breakable decorations and ornaments out of reach. Even the most well-behaved pets can become curious about decorations, so to be safe, hang them in pet free zones.

Grain Bin Safety

Indiana Department of LaborSince 1980 grain bins across the U.S have been responsible for more than 180 deaths and 675 injuries. Just last year, a Hoosier farmer in La Porte county was killed in a grain bin accident. This month a 9-year-old Wisconsin boy was killed after falling into a grain bin. With harvest time approaching the Indiana Department of Labor wants to remind everyone of the hazardous nature of working with grain bins and offer some tips to assure safety.

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