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Spring Safety Tips


Spring Forward and Review Your Safety Checklist

Time to Change the Clocks


Daylight Saving Time, which in 2019 begins Sunday, March 10, means it's also a good time to review your spring safety checklist.


Smoke Alarms

Many home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Test your smoke alarms every month and replace the battery at least once a year. If the alarm makes a "chirping" sound, replace the battery immediately.

Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and in the common areas on each floor of a home.


Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Anything that burns fuel can potentially become a source of carbon monoxide, an invisible, odorless gas that can kill. CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each bedroom and on every level of the home. The safety tips for CO detectors mirror those of smoke alarms: change the batteries, test them and interconnect them, if possible. Also, make sure vents for your gas appliances (fireplace, dryer, stove and furnace) are free and clear of snow or debris.

Family Emergency Plan

The National Safety Council recommends every family have an emergency plan in place in the event of a natural disaster or other catastrophic event. Spring is a great time to review that plan with family members. Have a home and car emergency kit. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says an emergency kit should include one gallon of water per day for each person, at least a three-day supply of food, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, filter mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape, and medicines. Visit the FEMA website for a complete list. The emergency plan also should include:

  • A communications plan to outline how your family members will contact one another and where to meet if it's safe to go outside

  • A shelter-in-place plan if outside air is contaminated; FEMA recommends sealing windows, doors and air vents with plastic sheeting

  • A getaway plan including various routes and destinations in different directions

  • Also, make sure your first aid kit is updated.

General Safety Tips


 Travel Safety

Do NOT drive while fatigued
Avoid Excessive Speed
Wear Seat Belts

 Prepare Yourself

  • While Walking or Jogging stay as far off the roadway as possible, wear bright colored clothes, wear a reflective belt/vest, and carry a flashlight or chemical stick


Know What Storm ‘Watches’ and ‘Warnings’ Mean
  • Storm WATCH: Storm is possible in your area

  • Storm WARNING: Storm is headed for your area

When a Storm ‘Watch’ is Issued
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, and TV stations, or cable TV such as The Weather Channel for further updates.

  • Be alert to changing weather conditions.

  • Avoid unnecessary travel.

When a Storm ‘Warning’ is Issued

  • Stay indoors during the storm.

  • Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin.

  • As the wind increases, heat is carried away from a person’s body at an accelerated rated, driving down the body temperature.

Avoid traveling by car in a storm, but if you must…

  • Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk.

  • Keep your car’s gas tank full for emergency use.

  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.


If You Get Stuck

  • Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety.

  • Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.

  • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.

  • Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.