Safety Tips for Spring Activities

The spring has finally arrived! It would be best to do a few things before running out the door and into the backyard. Camping is always an excellent outdoor option for families and friends to have a wonderful time together. Here are some spring safety tips to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy. 

Camping Safety Tips.

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  • Use a flame retardant tent and set up a campsite far away from the campfire.  
  • Only use battery-powered lanterns in the tent or any other closed space, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns. 
  • Build your campfire downwind away from your tent.  
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent, and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire. 
  • Always remember to put out a campfire when going to sleep or leaving the campsite. Cover it with dirt or pour water over it to kill the fire.

Camping Stove Safety.

  • When using barbecue grills, always remember to leave sufficient room for tents.   
  • Always keep your eyes on a barbecue grill when in use.  
  • Follow the barbecue instruction, and if the grill needs to be repaired, find the professionals.  
  • If you are using a gas grill, make sure that the hose connection is tight and check the hoses carefully for leaks.

Home Safety Tips for Camping Time.

The camping time places a little extra burden on the family for homeowners. To help provide peace of mind, we offer some tips for you. 

  • Thief-proof your home by locking away all ladders, garages, patio furniture, or other outdoor items.
  • Set a pipe or metal in the bottom track of any slide doors to lock the door in place. 
  • Keep blinds and curtains shut. 
  • Turn down the telephone ringtone to avoid listing off that nobody is home. 
  • If you have a trusted neighbor or friend, ask them to collect newspapers and mail that are left near your front door. 

As the weather warms up, spring is a time to cut up stored trees into useable lumbers. If you are a sawmill user, operating a sawmill is one of the most dangerous works in the country, as stated by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Sawmills are often placed on the bumpy or uneven landscapes in the woodlands. Here are three tips to help as a primer on sawmill safety with all the concerns in mind. Check here for more information.

Shut the Machine Down.

Be sure to shut everything down if you have to do repairs or maintenance on the mill. Even if you are working with a log, move the band saw to the other end of the rig to ensure you don’t accidentally slip into it.

Use Eyes, Ears, and Lungs Protection.

Wood Preservatives may cause dermatitis and unbearable irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract. Wear earplugs or a headset to protect your ears, and wear protective eyeglass or eye gear to protect your eyes.

Stay away from sawdust.

Stay away from where the sawdust is landing. Wear a dust mask to protect yourself from dust for safety reasons. Be careful about wood dust because most hardwood dust is considered toxic. Be prepared for scratches, scratches, and more by having a first aid kit. 

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