There’s no better time in the year than the start of spring. After a long and dreary winter, it’s refreshing to step out and bask in the sunshine, start new projects, take a weekend trip, or just sit back and relax.
Amidst all the fun and relaxation, it’s important to remember to not neglect the safety of you and your family. Spring brings with it several environmental hazards to be aware of, but you can limit the danger and still enjoy the season by following these 5 spring safety tips.
Check for Ticks
Ticks are notorious pests that are most common from March to May and August to November. Of course, the warm weather also beckons people to spend more time outside, putting them at risk for tick bites.
Tick bites are usually harmless, but they can sometimes trigger allergic reactions or infect people and animals with deadly diseases such as Lyme disease.
It is best to avoid the risk of disease by taking precautions to prevent all tick bites. When hiking or spending time outside, stay in designated walking areas and avoid bushes and leafy areas where ticks often live and lay eggs.
Once you are ready to go inside, check your clothes and exposed skin immediately to remove any ticks that may have latched on. Wearing light-colored clothing and limiting skin exposure with long sleeves and tucking your socks into your pants can prevent ticks from making contact with your skin to avoid bites.
Once you’ve checked and shaken off any ticks, shower with hot water and wash and dry your clothes on high heat to kill any rogue ticks you may have missed.
Watch for Snakes
People aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good sunbath; snakes also tend to make their appearances in the warm weather to bask in the heat due to their cold-bloodedness. Keep an eye out for snakes in spots such as driveways, sidewalks, or sunny patches of grass. Not all snakes are venomous, but it is still wise to avoid nonvenomous snakes too, as they do have teeth and may bite you.
Common venomous snakes in Southeast Georgia include copperheads, cottonmouths, rattlesnakes, and coral snakes.
If you are bitten by a snake, venomous or not, call an ambulance and limit your movement to try to prevent the spread of venom in your body.
Take Precautions in the Sun
One of the best parts of spring is soaking up Vitamin D by sitting in the sun after a long, cold winter. It is important to not neglect sun and heat safety to minimize your chance of skin cancer or heat illness.
You can protect yourself from the sun by limiting your time in direct sunlight. The occasional sunbathe to rock your summer tan is ok, but be sure to apply sunscreen of at least 30 SPF every two hours to avoid sunburn and the risk of skin cancer. Try to spend some time in the shade as well, rather than sitting in direct sunlight for extended periods.
If you are participating in an activity like sports, manual labor, or swimming, be sure to take breaks as often as you need and be sure to hydrate with water or a sports drink!
Consider what you wear for your protection as well. For best protection, wear a wide-brimmed hat that protects your face, ears, and neck. Use UV-protective sunglasses to protect your eyes and wear light-colored, lightweight layers to protect your body from UV rays without overheating. This will also help prevent ticks!
Invest in Security Systems to Watch Your Home While You’re Gone
Spring break is the perfect time for a family getaway to take advantage of the warm weather and get a little rest and relaxation. But it’s also the perfect time for burglars to break in! The rate of burglaries usually spikes by 11% during the summer since people tend to spend less time at home.
Investing in a security or surveillance system can keep your home and valuables safe. Mounted security cameras, such as those sold by Covenant, give you the chance to keep an eye on everything in high resolution from your phone. That way you can relax and monitor your home while on vacation.
Investing in an alarm system will provide even more protection. This will alert you when there is an issue so you can call the police, or your monitoring station will call the police on your behalf, even if you miss a notification.
Prepare an Emergency Plan
The new year brings with it a new cycle of natural disasters to prepare for. Sit down with your family to identify the best exit strategy in the event of an emergency.
Make sure your fire extinguisher is somewhere where you can easily and realistically grab it in the event of a fire, such as on the outskirts of your kitchen. Have an emergency kit prepared so you will not be left without any supplies in the event of an emergency. To learn about building an emergency kit, visit our post on what to keep in your emergency kit.
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