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Halloween is probably one of your kid’s favorite holidays. They get to dress up as their favorite character from this last year, have fun with friends, and get plenty of candy. However, if you have children who love to trick or treat, you should start planning for the big night a few days ahead of time. Even though you may not have their costumes ready yet, it is never too early to start planning for safety. There are several aspects of Halloween fun that can lead to personal injuries, but these can be minimized by following some important steps.

Carving that Pumpkin

Pumpkin carving can be a great family activity, but it also involves sharp tools.

  • Small children should never be allowed to carve the pumpkin.
  • Children can draw faces and shapes on the pumpkins with markers, but adults should do the carving.
  • Do not let children light the candles inside the pumpkin. Consider using a flashlight inside instead.
  • Keep pumpkins lit with candles on steady surfaces and away from anything flammable.

Preparing the Costume

While your kids will want their costumes to look scary or awesome, you also need to consider what it takes to make it safe.


Most children start kindergarten at age 5, though some areas have kindergarten programs for children who are only four years old. While most parents like the idea of getting their children into school as soon as possible, there are instances of parents holding their kids back from kindergarten until age six.

Why would any parent want to do this?

By holding a child out of kindergarten until age six, some parents hope their kids will have an academic or athletic advantage over their younger classmates. In other cases, parents may want to give a child who is lagging a bit behind a chance to “catch up” developmentally. Holding the child back would effectively make them a year older than most of their classmates throughout their entire school career. Coined after the football term, this has been called academic redshirting.

Now, legislators in Illinois are considering a bill that would require children to start kindergarten by age five instead of six.  The proposed bill would require children who are five on or before May 31 to attend kindergarten. However, parents of five-year-olds with birthdays during the summer would have the choice of whether to send their child to kindergarten or wait an additional year.


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illinois car seat laws 2019

Parents of young children often struggle to understand which child safety seat is correct and how the state laws apply to them. The Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act outlines the guidelines that parents must follow when they have younger children in a vehicle.

This act says that children under the age of 8 years old must be properly secured in an appropriate child safety restraint system. This includes the use of booster seats that must be used with a lap/should safety belt.


When most people hear about bicycle accidents, they think about a collision between a bike and a vehicle or a bicyclist losing control. However, there are times when the brakes of a bike fail to engage. When you are riding a bike, you need the brakes to work. There is no questioning that.

When the brakes of a bicycle fail to work, it can lead to disaster for the cyclist. Getting into a bicycle accident almost always means an injury for the cyclist. Even when wearing a helmet, the following injuries are common after a bike crash:

What kind of case are you looking at?

Bicycle accidents can be complicated enough when another driver is at fault for the crash. When the brakes fail to engage, you could also be looking at a defective bike. This means you are looking at three possibilities:


When you have been driving for a while, you learn to expect the unexpected. However, what happened recently in Springfield caught a few people off guard. Police say that a 92-year-old woman drove her car into a backyard and right into someone’s swimming pool.

Police say that the woman is okay and that nobody else was injured. They say that the woman was “backing out from a driveway on Weymouth Street when she drove across the road, into her neighbor’s yard, and through their fence, landing in their pool.”

The woman was still in the pool when the fire department arrived. She was standing on the seat of her vehicle with her head through the car’s sunroof. Neighbors say they are grateful that nobody was out walking, in the yard, or in the pool when the accident occurred.

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