- Look out for potholes, loose gravel, and leftover salt and black ice as we transition into spring! If the weather is hovering around freezing, the roads may be especially dangerous.
- When driving a car, be extra vigilant and look twice to avoid hitting motorcyclists who are out sharing the road. Remember, most motorcyclists have not ridden all winter and may still be acclimating to riding their bikes again.
- Be especially careful when switching lanes around a motorcyclist, as it can be easy to misjudge speed and distance.
- Motorcyclists: wear helmets, even if it is not required by Pennsylvania state law!
- Motorcycle riders should also stagger bikes instead of riding side-by-side to avoid accidents and/or injury.
- Teach your child situational awareness, such as staying on sidewalks, looking before crossing a street, and taking care when grabbing anything they may have dropped on the road.
- Pay special attention to higher-risk areas for car/pedestrian accidents, such as by a school and near area bus stops.
- Supervise your children after school hours when they are playing outside.
- If you child is participating in an activity that takes place on a street, such as biking, rollerskating, riding a scooter, or skateboarding, make sure they wear proper protective gear. Also make sure the child knows how to safely stop and move out of the way of oncoming traffic.
This week, Department of Transportation organizations across the country kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week. This is an annual event to encourage safety for both workers and travelers through our country's highway work zones. This campaign is especially important at this time of year, when so many highways are undergoing spring and summer maintenance to repair the damage left by the harsh winter weather. This year, the theme of National Work Zone Awareness Week is "Expected The Unexpected". This theme was used 15 years ago, and is focused on showing drivers why it is so critical to be alert, cautious, and attentive while driving through road construction.
Many Farm Bureaus across the states are working hard this year to implement their Agricultural Safety Awareness Program. As a component of this initiative, last week was designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week, and had a theme relating to riding safely while using farm machinery. One of the big pushes of the safety week was to raise awareness about all-terrain vehicle safety, especially the use of helmets.
Chronic pain is often a blanket diagnosis used to explain pain that persists consistently over a period longer than 3-6 months. However, chronic pain can result from many different disorders and injuries. Unfortunately, many of these problems come from common accidents, such as motor vehicle accidents or slip and falls.
- Plan and encourage participation in inside, social activities. The local YMCA or community center may have activities that will appeal to seniors in the area.
- Keep a close eye out for signs of frostbite, which tend to affect older adults because they often have diminished circulation.
- Check in frequently, and see if elderly neighbors need help with things like shoveling, grocery shopping, and outside maintenance.
- If elderly adults have to go outside to do maintenance, encourage them to take frequent breaks to come inside, rest, and warm back up.