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July 2015 Archives

Emotional Support Animals and Aviation Safety

For many reasons, a certain percentage of travelers choose to bring their pets with them on airline flights. While traveling with a pet can be soothing, a new phenomenon has taken the practice further. Flight attendants are noticing an increase in the number of passengers bringing emotional support animals onto flights. The flight attendants worry that the practice could become a danger, particularly if the plane needed to be evacuated in an emergency.

When Safety Fits, Part One

Most parents are aware that their children need to be placed in car seats when they are young. Finding and installing the right car seat is not as easy as it sounds. Other decisions, such as when to turn a rear-facing car seat around, when to switch to a booster seat and when to allow your child to ride with just a normal seat belt are also not necessarily straightforward. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers advice to parents and guardians looking to make the safest choices for kids. They offer several tips to make the decision-making process easier.

Chicago Among 10 Worst Cities for Drivers

In a ranking of the 100 most populated cities in the U.S., Chicago finished 93 in terms of the best cities to be a driver. The rankings were based on 21 metrics including things like road conditions, safety, costs of vehicle ownership, traffic and more. Chicago's ranking as the 8th worst city in which to be a driver will come as no surprise to the many people who rely on their cars to get around.

Child Safety on Airplanes Targeted in Canadian Investigation

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada recently concluded an investigation into a 2012 plane crash in which a 6-month-old child was killed. The investigation led the TSB to recommend that specially designed seat belts be made mandatory for children and babies on commercial flights. That recommendation is in line with a number of groups concerned with child welfare, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Flight Attendants and the National Transportation Safety Board in the U.S. All of these groups oppose the infant seat exception that allows children under 2 to sit on their parents laps during flights.

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