Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This weekend we all lose an hour of sleep as DST returns

Just a Reminder:

Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday, March 9, and ends on Sunday, Nov. 2


While we are all focused on springing ahead an hour, there are things that come to mind that we can do to have a safer, healthier, and HAPPIER SPRINGTIME!

 Be aware of the weather:

 Spring weather can be unpredictable. When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and death increases, so planning ahead makes sense. Prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will.

 Make your home safe from fires:

ü  Smoke/carbon monoxide detectors – Install UL approved smoke detectors on every level of your home. Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly to make sure they are working.  Change batteries twice a year - at “fall back” and “spring ahead” time changes.

ü  Fire Extinguisher – Place a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and other areas of your home.  Periodically check the gauge on the extinguisher to make sure that it is fully charged.

ü  Develop a fire escape plan for your home.  Identify two escapes routes from each room and have a place to meet outside your home.  PRACTICE the fire escape plan with your family.

Tips about spring cleaning:

ü  Ladders – If you need to climb, use a ladder (not a chair, table or box).

ü  Make sure rungs are sturdy and dry before using a ladder.

ü  Before using a ladder outdoors, choose a location that is at least 10 feet away from all power lines.  Coming in contact with live wires can be fatal.

ü  Always face the ladder when climbing, and wear slip-resistant shoes.

ü  Keep your body centered on the ladder and gauge your safety by your belly button.  If your belly button passes beyond the side rail of the ladder, you are OVERREACHING and at risk for falling.

Lawn and garden safety:

ü  Service lawnmowers and power tools before using them.

ü  Wear proper clothing and protective equipment:

o   Closed-toe shoes with non-slip soles when mowing.

o   Wear eye protection when mowing, using weed whackers/powered equipment.

o   Don’t wear loose clothing that could be caught in moving parts.

o   Wear ear plugs/muffs when using noisy power equipment.

Here’s to springing ahead safely!