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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 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
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/Smoke Alarms
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.
Unpredictable Spring Weather
Courtesy of Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Mark Twain once said, "In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours."
Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightning, tornadoes and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. For much of the world, this happens in spring and summer.
Because spring weather is so unpredictable, you may be unprepared when severe weather hits—particularly if you live in a region that does not often experience thunderstorms, tornadoes or flooding. And 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.
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Spring & Summer Outdoor Safety Tips
Courtesy of Center for Disease Control & Prevention
The return of warmer temperatures brings the opportunity for freedom, relaxation, exploration, and being closer to nature. Whether you're relaxing in the backyard, turning up your garden, hitting the pool, or exploring the great outdoors, here are some ways to help keep you and your family healthy this spring and summer.
Beware of Bugs
Warmer temperatures aren't just attractive to people, but to mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus , St. Louis encephalitis virus , eastern equine encephalitis virus and even dengue; ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other serious infections; and fleas can transmit plague.
To prevent these illnesses, use an appropriate insect and tick repellent and apply it properly. Prime mosquito-biting hours are usually from dusk to dawn, but ticks are out at all times. Young ticks are so small that they can be difficult to see, but both young and adult ticks hungrily look to animals and sometimes people to bite.
To keep ticks at a distance, avoid tick-infested areas (especially places with leaf-litter and high grasses) and use repellent containing 20% DEET. If it’s primarily mosquitoes that are the problem, CDC recommends repelling them with products that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus. You can also treat clothing with permethrin (which protects through several washings) or purchase clothing that is pre-treated with permethrin. Always follow the directions on repellent packaging.
After coming indoors, shower as soon as possible and check your body for ticks. Make sure that your children also bathe or shower and get checked for ticks. Wash and tumble dry your clothing and check your pets for ticks. If you find an attached tick, don't panic, ticks are easy to remove with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. Consult your healthcare provider if you develop a rash, fever, body aches, fatigue or headache, stiff neck, disorientation in the 1-3 weeks following a bite. It could be any number of illnesses.
Pesticides, vegetation-free play areas, and landscaping techniques for tick-free zones can also help limit your exposure to ticks and other insects.
Healthy Pets, Healthy People
While you're outside enjoying the weather, remember to protect your pets too. Keeping healthy pets will help keep you and your family healthy. Children can get roundworm and hookworm from soil contaminated by pet feces (stool), so make sure that puppies and kittens are seen by a veterinarian and dewormed. Protect family pets from ticks and fleas by keeping them on a flea and tick control program. Talk to your veterinarian for advice on the appropriate anti-bug products to use on your pet.
Around the Yard
It is now time to seal up, trap up, and clean up to prevent rodent infestation. As you're clearing out clutter, fill any gaps or holes inside and outside your home. Eliminate or seal rodent food sources such as pet food, bird feeders, and garbage cans. Elevate hay, woodpiles, and garbage cans at least 1 foot off the ground, and trim grass and shrubbery within 100 feet of your home.
In the yard, remove any items that may collect standing water, such as buckets, old tires, and toys. Mosquitoes can breed in them in just days. You can reduce the number of ticks around your home by removing leaf litter, brush and woodpiles around your house and at the edge of your yard. By clearing trees and brush in your yard, you can reduce the likelihood that deer, rodents, and ticks will live there. Replace or repair torn window screens to keep bugs out of the house.
Gardening is a great outdoor activity for people of all ages. Stay safe and healthy as you grab your tools and head outside. Wear gloves, use safety gear when handling equipment and chemicals, protect yourself from the sun, and use insect repellent. Also watch out for extreme heat and know your limitations. You can also review and share with your love ones some tips for preventing heat-related illnesses.
Do not allow children to play in areas that are soiled with pet or other animal stool. Cover sandboxes when not in use to make sure that animals do not get inside and contaminate them with parasites that can cause diseases like toxocariasis and toxoplasmosis.
Pollens and air pollutants can be triggers for allergic reactions and asthma. Some experiences include nasal and sinus allergies and hives. Asthma can cause recurrent symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Stay healthy by properly taking any prescription or over-the-counter allergy medicine and having and following an asthma action plan. Wearing a protective nose and mouth mask, or even sunglasses or protective eyewear, while doing yard work could help to avoid the triggers that cause allergy and asthma complications.
The City of Oelwein and the Oelwein Police Department reminds citizens to do their part on the streets of Oelwein. Barricades and warning lights reminds drivers to slow down, obey traffic signs or lights. Construction zones are needs to address traffic issues or repair city utilities. Your cooperation and safety awareness is greatly appreciated.