Springtime Safety Tips
Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner. Soon we will enjoy warmer weather, blooming plant life, and more daylight hours. Now, while each new season brings new things to want, hazards and other mishaps can spoil your enjoyment of the season. Take in mind these tips as you begin to make your plans for the spring:
PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Springtime means more outdoor time. Yes, you want to experience the sun’s warmth after spending much time indoors in the winter. Even though it’s not as hot as in summer, it can be easy to forget that the sun can still cause damage from UV radiation throughout the year.
Overexposure to UV radiation can lead to skin damage, premature aging, and skin cancer. Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and hats, to protect your skin. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply every two hours or more often if you’re swimming or sweating. Seek shade during peak sun hours, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
TAKING CARE OF ALLERGIES
Spring is beautiful, but spring allergies can take away much of the enjoyment it offers. Pollen from trees, grass, and flowers is a common allergy trigger and causes irritating symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion.
To prevent allergies, try to avoid exposure to allergens as much as possible. Stay indoors during peak pollen times, usually in the morning, and keep your windows and doors closed. If you need to be outside, wear a mask to reduce your exposure to allergens. Over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants can also help relieve symptoms. If your allergies are severe, consult your doctor about prescription medications or allergy shots.
BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER
In spring, unpredictable weather, such as severe storms, tornadoes, and flash floods, can happen. Preparing for spontaneous or short-notice weather events is essential and relatively easy to assemble.
To be prepared for severe weather, create an emergency kit with essential supplies such as water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and extra batteries. Stay informed about the weather conditions by listening to local news and weather updates. If you’re under a severe weather warning, follow the recommended safety guidelines and seek shelter immediately. If you’re in an area prone to flooding, be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
PRACTICE WATER SAFETY
With the warmer water, many families will spend more time around bodies of water such as pools, lakes, and rivers. Water safety is paramount in the spring when bodies of water are still cold from the winter, and water levels may be high due to melting snow and rain.
If you plan to swim or boating, wearing a life jacket and following water safety guidelines is important. Additionally, supervise children at all times and never swim alone. Be aware of local weather conditions and any posted warnings about dangerous currents or water levels. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy water activities in the spring while staying safe.