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Safety office encourages spring risk management

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- For those who don't know it yet, you're already late, an hour to be exact. With daylight savings time implemented at 2 a.m. March 9, it signifies that springtime is nearing. It also means more outdoor activities as weather warms.

With this, the 50th Space Wing Safety office wants to remind Team Schriever members to always keep safety in mind during springtime.

"When it comes to spring safety, we would like everyone to be aware of more motorcycle riders on the road as the weather gets better," said Master Sgt. Sarah Law, 50 SW ground safety manager. "They should also brush up on bicycle safety for their kids as well."

Before riding their motorcycles in Colorado Springs, individuals should perform a T-CLOCS inspection: tires and wheels, controls, lights, oil, chassis and stands. Pre-ride inspection is important to ensure good condition. They should also wear their proper physical equipment, especially their helmets.

Law also reiterated the importance of brushing up on emergency procedures in case of bad weather as well as ensuring that spring cleaning and do-it-yourself projects are done smartly and safely.

According to the National Safety Council, spring is a perfect time to clean out the winter from homes. This involves testing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors; ensure they work and replace batteries if necessary. The NSC also provided the following spring cleaning tips:

- Store winter items, such as decorations and clothing, properly.
- Check house for broken items and discard appropriately.
- Clean medicine cabinet and dispose of any expired or unused medications.
- Check fire extinguishers. Make sure the seals, tamper indicators and tags are not broken or missing and examine for signs of physical damage, corrosion, leaks or clogged nozzles. Recycle and replace if necessary.
- Plan and practice family escape plans and review a family emergency plan.
- Check first aid kit and replace missing supplies.

When going outdoors for an activity, use an appropriate insect and tick repellent and apply it properly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the CDC provided the following tips to ensure you protect your children and yourself from environmental factors:

- When grilling outside, make sure you cook meat and poultry thoroughly using a meat thermometer. Use clean plates and utensils when preparing, serving and eating food.
- Wear proper personal equipment when gardening or doing yard work.
- Always use sunscreen with at least a sun protection factor of 15, cover up with clothing, wear a brimmed hat and wear sunglasses.

For more information, call the safety office at 567-2848.
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