Content Summery for Springtime and Home Safety Infographic
Tips for Indoor safety: The National Safety Council recommends some of the following tips as you clean your house:
Avoid back injury while moving or lifting heavy furniture! Be sure to lift with your legs and keep your back straight.
If you are using liquid-based products to clean your floors, do not make spring cleaning a time for a slip and fall accident. Always use caution while walking on wet surfaces and wipe up any spills that occur during the cleaning process.
Follow the instructions on your cleaning products. These products often contain hazardous ingredients, so always make sure that you and your family avoid inhaling dangerous chemicals.
Wear a mask while you dust. You can avoid inhaling dust and harmful mold spores that may have accumulated in your home.
Tips for Safety Planning:
Sit down with your family and discuss what to do in the event of an emergency, such as a home fire. Only purchase smoke alarms with the label of a reputable testing agency, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL);
Check the batteries in your smoke detector and your carbon monoxide alarm. Remember, batteries should be replaced regularly to ensure proper functioning;
Replace old light bulbs in your home;
Dispose of expired medications properly; and
Make sure your first aid kit is up to date with supplies.
Tips for Outdoor Safety:
Always wear a helmet for riding bicycles and scooters. Make sure the helmet fitting is adjusted to a proper fitting after the long winter.
Wear reflective clothing while walking or jogging.
Always supervise the barbecue when you are using it, and keep your children a safe distance from the grill. If you use a gas barbecue, check all of the hoses for leaks before you turn on the gas.
Wear protective clothing and follow the instructions on any equipment you are operating when doing yard work and clearing away winter debris.
Before starting up your lawnmower, rake away loose stones and branches that could injure you while you are mowing.