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Spring Safety
 

Spring is upon us!  The weather is changing, the flowers start blooming, we start spending more time outdoors and many of us start to organize our home in the form of spring cleaning.  This spring, prevent injuries, be prepared for floods, don’t forget daylight saving time and simplify your spring cleaning activities with these helpful tips.


Spring Cleaning

Spring time is a perfect time to clean out the winter from your home.  Spring cleaning generally involves a series of tasks from lifting and bending, to moving objects, climbing stairs or ladders as well as other physical tasks. Make safety a priority when you start your spring cleaning.

Steps to keep you and your family safe when cleaning this season.

Traumatic brain injuries
 
In spring, many families enjoy sports activities. This is a great way to stay physically active, prevent illnesses and spend time with those you care about.  But injuries are a common occurrence.  And while some of these injuries may not be serious, many experience very serious injuries. 

Often times, mild hits occur to the head while playing sports – people fall, bump into things, get hit by others – and sometimes, these hits can result in something more serious. A traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, disrupts the normal function of a person’s brain.
 
Concussions and mild forms of TBIs are the most common TBIs that occur every year. Concussions occur when someone experiences a bump, blow or jolt to the head but can also occur from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to jerk quickly back and forth.
 
Every year, almost 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). And every year, TBIs play a role in a number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. TBI is a contributing factor in a third of injury related deaths in the United States, and falls are the leading cause of TBI.  
 
Although there are varying degrees of TBIs, they are all very serious and should be checked out by a health care professional.

The signs and symptoms of a concussion
What to do if a concussion occurs
Prevent concussions 


Floods
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Warmer weather, snow melting, spring thaw and heavy rains increase the risk of flooding in the spring months.  It’s important to be prepared for what Mother Nature may bring your way. Keep you and your family safe before, during and after a flood.  
 
 

Daylight Saving

Spring forward! Daylight Saving Time begins every year on the second Sunday in March. Clocks are set forward by one hour in most of the United States, except Hawaii and most of Arizona.  With Daylight Saving, we have more daylight in the evening and less in the mornings.
 
When you change your clocks, check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Batteries in smoke detectors should be replaced yearly, and there should be smoke detectors on every floor of your home (including the basement) and outside bedrooms or sleeping areas.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
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