Category Archives: Safety Tips

October Safety Tip #2

Halloween Safety Tips

Walk Safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

– See more at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips#sthash.zOjHvwNy.dpuf

June Safety Tip #2

Common Mistakes Of New Campers

We were all new campers once, and I’m sure we each could share a funny anecdote about a campground mishap or two. Maybe this list will make the learning process a little quicker and remind campers (new and old) of some things we should(n’t) do. Remember these common mistakes of new campers, and you’ll become a smart camper.

1.  Become familiar with your gear.

New campers usually wait until they get to the campground before they tryout new gear. Set up tents in your back yard before taking them camping. Check the operation of lanterns and camp stoves to make sure they work properly. Try your sleeping bag one night on the living room floor to see how well you sleep in it. Be a smart camper, become familiar with your gear.

2.  Buy a tent that is big enough.

Make space and comfort a priority in your choice of tents (unless you’re backpacking).  For family camping I recommend getting a tent with a capacity rated two higher than the number of campers that will use it. So for a family of two I would recommend a 4-person tent, for a family of four a 6-person tent, and so on.

3.  Make (and use) a checklist.

New campers often overlook a checklist. It’s no fun getting to the campground and finding out that you forgot something. Stay organized and make sure nothing is left behind by keeping a camping gear checklist. Use it while packing and check off each item.

4.  Arrive at the campground early.

Arrive early enough to give yourself time to learn the campground layout. Make your campground neighbors happy and set up camp during daylight hours. It’s much easier when you can see what you’re doing.

5.  Plan your meals.

Figure out how many meals you’ll be making for how many people, and put together some menu ideas. Then do you grocery shopping a day or two before departure so that the food will be fresh. Avoid buying munchies.

6.  Observe campground rules.

Please observe quiet hours. The little privacy you have is limited to your campsite. Respect the space that other campers have chosen, and don’t walk through another campsite to get someplace.

7.  Learn to back your RV before you get to the campground.

Be a smart camper, learn to back your RV before you get to the campground.

8.  Bring sufficient clothing.

Camping is all about being prepared. Remember, there’s no laundry facilities at the campground. You’ll like a rain suit in case it rains, a swim suit for a dip, and maybe a sweater or jacket for those cool evenings.

9.  Camp close to home.

Just in case, don’t travel far for your first camping trip. You may find out after a night of sleeping on the ground that you are not cut out to be a camper. You may have gear trouble and find yourself without a tent. You may run out of food. The weather may change for the worse. Any number of things could happen to make you want to go home early.

June Safety Tip

Did you know… Nearly 15,000 people die every year of overdoses involving prescription painkillers?

This June we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse.

Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the US, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose – this is 4 times as many as back in 1999.

Improving the way prescription painkillers are prescribed can reduce the number of people who misuse, abuse or overdose from harmful drugs.

Safety Tip May 2

What is heat stress?

It’s a signal that the body is having difficulty maintaining it’s temperature range. The heart pumps faster, blood is diverted from internal organs to the skin, breathing rate increases, all in an attempt to transfer more heat to the outside air and cool the skin by evaporation of sweat. If the body can’t keep up then the person suffers from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and finally heat stroke.

Dry Clothes & Skin does not mean you’re not sweating!

In dry climates you might not feel wet or sticky, however you are still sweating. On a very warm day, the body can lose up to two liters of fluid. Be aware of how you are feeling when you start to lose fluids – tired, listless, weak, loss of consciousness, cramps, etc.

Help prevent the effects of heat stress:

  • Drinking water frequently and moderately ( do not use salt tablets)
  • Rest frequently
  • Eat lightly
  • Do strenuous jobs early in the morning
  • Utilize the ventilation or fans in enclosed areas
  • Remember: it takes 1-2 weeks for the body to adjust to heat
  • Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Wear light colored, cotton clothes and keep a shirt on

Safety Tip May

May is Electrical Safety Month

Electrical System Hazard Warning Signs:

  • Dimming or flicking lights
  • Sizzle or buzzing sounds
  • Odor of overheated plastic
  • Plugs that pull out of the receptacle easily
  • Flashes or showers of sparks
  • Hot switch plates and outlet covers
  • Fuses burn out or circuit breakers need resetting frequently