Now that we have sprung forward, spring seems to be all around us. With an extra hour of sunlight, along with warmer weather greeting us each day, many of us find ourselves spending more time outside or inside conducting some routine spring cleaning.
These safety tips and tricks will allow for the benefits of spring to be enjoyed all season long.
Check your Alarms
Spring provides the perfect opportunity to check batteries in all fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Take the time to determine if the batteries are working properly, and replace them if they aren’t.
Spring is also a great time for families to make a fire safety plan. Create a map that outlines all possible escape routes, as well as a list of emergency contact numbers. It is always a good idea to make copies of these maps, and keep them in a convenient location.
Play it Safe
The advent of spring also carries with it the beginning of many seasons of organized sports. Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people suffer from concussions and brain injuries, which can result from bumps and jolts sustained while playing a sport.
To prevent brain injuries and other serious physical blows while playing a sport, make sure safety gear is worn properly. If the gear is loaned from a school or another type of community organization, check to see that they are properly maintained, and that they are still capable of providing solid protection.
Practice Bike Safety
Warmer weather often means more time to engage in outdoor activities. Bicycle riding tends to be a popular activity for many Southern California residents.
The below list of bicycle safety tips are very helpful to remember:
- Always wear a quality, well-fit helmet.
- Obey the same rules of the road as automobile drivers.
- Make sure the bike is equipped with lights and/or reflectors.
- Wear brightly colored clothing that will be clearly visible to other drivers.
Following these safety tips can help to create a more enjoyable spring for our families and our communities.