Spring time is the time when we open the windows and welcome the fresh air. It is also the time we take children to the hospital because they fall out of windows. Be sure your windows are safe – use window stops if you have small children. Arrange furniture so it cannot be used as a climbing aid to access a window. Do not allow your kids to bounce on beds near windows – this is very dangerous.
Be mindful of melting ice and increased drowning hazards around open water. If a dog goes out on ice, call for help. Do not attempt an ice rescue on your own – call us, we’ll come.
Be sure to use extra care on ladders and watch out for power lines. Have someone with you when you climb a ladder or clean out gutters.
At home, have an emergency plan and practice it regularly! Know two ways out of each room and have a safe meeting place. Practice your emergency plan with family members and visitors. Talk to kids about how and when to call 9-1-1 to report an emergency. Be prepared to evacuate or protect in place – have a ready to stay bin and a ready to go bin. Your bins should have 3 days worth of food, water and medicine. Remember to check your smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide alarms once a month and change the battery as recommended.