Spring Safety

By Emilie Gerhart

Spring is in the air. Whether you embark on spring cleaning or not, there are a few important hazards that the National Safety Council wants you to be aware of this upcoming season.

The warmer weather marks an increase in outdoor activities. While partaking in these hobbies and pastimes, mind your head and take care to minimize traumatic brain injuries.

The springtime doesn’t come without natural disasters. Due to the increase in temperatures and precipitation, flooding is common. Keep an emergency kit prepared and create a plan for your family should flooding occur. In the event of a flood, keep tuned to the radio or television to receive instructions to evacuate or move to higher ground. Be cautious of moving water and do not drive into flooded areas. If required to evacuate, do not return back to the area until the local authorities have communicated that it is safe. If entering buildings or areas that have been affected by flooding, practice extreme caution and be on the lookout for hidden damage and downed power and gas lines.

While tackling your annual deep cleaning duties, it is a good idea to make sure your home safety equipment is working properly. Evaluate, replace or repair the following items if necessary: smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, light bulbs, expired medications, fire extinguisher, first aid kits and emergency plans.