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Shipping packages containing hazardous materials (hazmat) is tricky because those items can become toxic and explosive if they are handled incorrectly. Additionally, you may not be aware that an item you are shipping is considered hazardous. Every year, there are approximately 1,500 reported incidents involving shipped undeclared hazmat in our transportation system. Annually, about 3 billion tons of regulated hazmat is transported within the United States.     

To raise awareness of the risks of shipping hazmat, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) rolled out the “Check the Box” campaign in August 2018. The program helps shippers identify hazmat and receive guidance on how to safely ship it. PHMSA will continue to release videos, public service announcements, news articles and advertising, reminding shippers to “Check the Box.”

For more information on identifying hazardous materials and how to properly ship them, please visit

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At the Department of Transportation, your safety is our first priority. We understand the urge to get outside in the summer sun and tackle your home improvement projects. But before you jump in to expanding that flower bed, planting that shrub, or redoing the deck, remember to call 811 before you dig.

When you call 811, the federally designated call-before-you-dig number, you protect yourself and others from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines. There are millions of miles of buried utilities beneath the surface of the earth that are vital to everyday living like water, telecommunications, electricity and natural gas.

811 helps homeowners and professionals avoid damaging these vital utilities. When you make the free call to 811 a few days before you dig, you'll help prevent unintended consequences such as injury to you or your family, damage to your property, utility service outages to the entire neighborhood and potential fines and repair costs.

For more information and resources please visit:

Know What's Below. Call 811 before you dig.

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Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. To help raise awareness and prevent the deaths of children in hot cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and many safety partners will dedicate their social media channels to sharing content on the importance of preventing vehicular heatstroke. Social posts, Instagram images, and tweets with the hashtags #HeatstrokeKills and #CheckForBaby will be available for partners to participate and distribute this critical message.

On average, one child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle nearly every 10 days in the United States. Since 1998, there have been 764 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths – including 29 already this year.

Please join us in sending a powerful, loud, and unified message to help save lives and prevent these tragedies from occurring.   

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Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock National Ad

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The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership announced the release of Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region, a year-long study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system. The study is a definitive and detailed report documenting the many contributions made by the Great Lakes Seaway system* to federal, state/provincial and local economies.

The study reports that in 2017 maritime commerce supported:

  • 237,868 jobs
  • $35 billion in economic activity
  • $14.2 billion in personal income and local consumption expenditures
  • $6.6 billion in federal, state/provincial and local tax revenue

    The study also highlights the specific economic benefits of key navigation infrastructure, such as the St. Lawrence Seaway locks and the Soo Locks. The study reports that in 2017:

  • 123,172 U.S. and Canadian jobs were dependent on the Soo Locks
  • 92,661 jobs were generated by cargo transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway locks

    The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway (comprised of the five Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario – their connecting channels and the St. Lawrence River) serves the industrial and agricultural heartland of the US and Canada. If the region was its own country, it would be the 3rd largest economy in the world with a combined GDP of more than $6 trillion dollars.

    For more information visit:

Saint Lawrence Economic Impact Study Numbers

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On average, one child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle nearly every 10 days in the United States. Since 1998, there have been 764 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths – including 24 already this year.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and its partners urges you to take action to help prevent more tragedies. Learn the facts about heatstroke and spread your knowledge via social media during NHTSA’s Heatstroke Awareness Challenge.

Parents and other caregivers must also understand when and how quickly heatstroke can happen. It doesn’t need to be a hot day; when the temperature outside is as low as 60 degrees, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 110 degrees. If a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, the child will die.

Now, take action: We’re asking everyone — the public, our coworkers and USDOT and NHTSA, and all of our friends and safety partners — to participate in the Heatstroke Awareness Challenge. To be a part of this lifesaving campaign.

  • Create a 15-to-30 second video about the dangers of heatstroke;
  • Share your video on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram;
  • Use the hashtags #HeatstrokeKills #CheckForBaby and tag @NHTSAgov or @USDOT to amplify the message.

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