Spring safety tips include being careful during spring cleaning, taking precautions while biking or skating, and protecting oneself against sun damage and insect bites. Another timely action one can take in the spring is changing carbon monoxide and smoke detector batteries as the clock switches to Daylight Savings Time.
When beginning spring cleaning, it's important to lift heavy objects properly and climbing ladders correctly. Wear rubber gloves when using dangerous chemicals, and dispose of chemicals properly. Keep gasoline and cleaning fluids away from kids, pets and fire hazards.
Bicyclists, skaters and skateboarders must always wear helmets while practicing their sport to avoid the possibility of concussion or traumatic brain injury. Elbow and knee pads are also a good idea for skaters and skateboarders. Kids on bikes and skates need to stay out of the street and learn to be careful when crossing driveways.
As weather heats up during the spring, wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 when outside, and wear a hat and sunglasses. When it's warm, drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated. In areas with ticks or swarming insects, wear insect repellent that contains DEET to stay safe from potentially dangerous insect bites or stings.
When it's time to "spring forward" at the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Change these batteries at the same time every year to make sure these devices can respond to any dangers.