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Pesticide containers
Read article: Household hazardous material collection events scheduled for fall 2023
Household hazardous material collection events scheduled for fall 2023
Now is the time to get rid of any old or unwanted pesticides in your chemical storage area. The Illinois EPA one-day household hazardous waste...
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Read article: Should I use my ceramic cooktop when canning?
Should I use my ceramic cooktop when canning?
Canning season is in full swing, and a common question I get asked each year is, "Can I use my glass or ceramic cooktop when canning?” To answer this...
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Read article: Keep food and water safe when disaster strikes.
Keep food and water safe when disaster strikes.
Springtime carries chances of severe weather, including thunderstorms, high winds and tornadoes that can lead to power outages and boil orders....
lightning storm
Read article: Be ready for severe weather
Be ready for severe weather
Spring is the time of year that we pay more attention to the weather. Whether we are watching the television, listening to the radio, checking our...

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Tree stand safety starts on the ground
URBANA, Ill. – With archery season opening Oct. 1, Illinois deer hunters will soon start heading to the woods.  Tree stand falls are one of the most common hunting injuries that can be prevented with some simple safety measures such as always wearing a harness and choosing a...
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As you hunt, look out for power lines and poles
Stay safe this hunting season in more ways than one SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Now that hunting season is upon us, Safe Electricity reminds hunters to survey their surroundings before aiming at the next big prize. Take a moment to look up and out for...
Orange flag marks the location of an underground utility line in a leaf-covered yard..
Avoid injury, fines, power outages by calling 811 before digging
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — National Safe Digging Day, or 811 Day, is upon us. Easy to remember because of its 8/11 date, the day is a good reminder to get underground utilities marked prior to breaking ground. Having utilities marked is free and easy to do; simply call 811 two to three business days...


Winter Ice Safety

How can you know that ice is safe to walk on? Is old ice safer than new ice? Curt Sinclair, 4-H youth development Extension specialist, walks you through how to stay safe on the ice this winter, covering everything you need to know for winter ice safety including how to make homemade ice picks...

Tree Stand Safety: An Introduction to Tree Stand Safety

Prevent hunting accidents by learning the proper way to use hunting tree stands. University of Illinois Extension 4-H Natural Resources and Shooting Sports specialist Curt Sinclair demonstrates three different types of tree stands.