Spring safety tips for outdoor activities

Spring has arrived, and with warmer weather, many people will be getting outside to enjoy the fresh air.

However, this is also a time to keep some spring safety tips in mind.

What signals spring more than biking and barbecues?

Yet, both can result in serious injury.

Every year, about 300,000 kids end up in emergency rooms due to bike injuries.

So before your child hits the road, make sure their protected with a correctly fitted helmet-one that has a sticker showing it meets the standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Make sure the seat, handlebars, and wheels fit tightly. Check and oil the chain regularly. Do a brake check and insure the tires have enough air.

Finally, have your child wear reflective or bright colored clothing, so they're easy to spot.

And as the sun heats up, so does the outdoor grill. But before firing it up, make sure it's at least 10 feet from the house. One-third of home fires involving grills start on a balcony or porch.

Before using a gas grill, make sure the fuel line is not leaking.

And always stay close by when grilling, but keep children and pets far away.

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