Seasonal Safety Tips
Colorful wildflowers, evening bike rides and sunny picnics are a few of our favorite springtime activities.
Snowy weather is almost behind us, and warmer days are springing up. As you shake off the winter and prepare to spend more time outside this season, consider these tips brought to you by Castle Rock Police and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue.
Use your head, start with a helmet.Riding bikes is a spring pastime the whole family can enjoy. Before your take off, remember to always wear a helmet, wear reflective clothing if it is dark out, and obey all traffic laws.
Enjoy the drive, take it slow.With warmer days and school breaks, you’ll be seeing more kids playing outside. As you pass through neighborhoods, watch for stray balls and distracted little ones.
Get your grill on.As you dust off your grills and fire pits, be sure to give them a good spring-clean before use, and check for any loose parts. Always place grills in an open, outdoor area away from structures, plants, fences and decorative items such as paper lanterns. Never leave children unattended by a fire, and have a bucket of water nearby in case it’s needed.
Step toward safety.Be sure to keep these tips in mind when walking: Always use a crosswalk. Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they saw you before crossing. Keep alert at all times, and don’t be distracted by electronic devices. Always walk on a sidewalk when it is available.
The grass is always greener.Spring temperatures and moisture bring growing grass. As you bring out your lawn mower, make sure to check that all small parts are working and blades are sharp enough for the job. Don’t forget to wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and protective eyewear. When it comes to fertilizer, make sure you follow all instructions and wait 24-48 hours after applying to allow kids and pets to walk on it.
In one ear and out the other.If you are on trails and listening to music, keep one ear open so you can hear signals from bikers and other trail users. Always be aware of your surroundings and take time to listen.
Keep kids safe.During warmer months, within one minute of turning off your car, the interior temperature can increase by 10 degrees. Never leave a child unattended in the car, even for one minute. Please keep this in mind when it comes to any pets you’ve brought along, too.
Be wise around water.As kids soak up the sun and cool off in the water, remember to always supervise children when in or around water – no matter their swimming skills. Surprisingly, children can drown in just a few inches of water. Help them by teaching them how to swim, and help yourself by taking a CPR class to be better prepared.
Sprucing for spring.Smoke alarm batteries should be changed yearly, so go ahead and make it part of your spring cleaning routine. If you have unwanted medications, properly dispose of them by dropping them into the prescription drug drop-off bin located in the lobby of Castle Rock Police Department.
It takes a village.Spring is the perfect time to revisit your family emergency plan. Choose a preplanned reunification site that everyone knows. Check up on your first aid kits. Hold a family meeting to discuss what to do in case of fire, natural disaster or other critical incident.