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Daylight Savings Time/Spring Ahead
Observed: March 11
Daylight Saving Time is Sunday, March 11. Replace smoke alarm batteries and carbon monoxide detectors. Review your family emergency plan and update your first-aid kit.
Smoke alarms should be located in every bedroom and in the common areas on each floor of a home. Mount them at least 10 feet from the stove to reduce false alarms, less than 12 inches from the ceiling, and away from windows, doors, and ducts. Three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, according to NFPA.
Learn more: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/spring-cleaning-checklist.aspx
Don't Drink and Drive this Spring Break
Thousands of spring breakers flock to the area every year to visit our award-winning beaches. During March, when most spring breaks occur, the decision to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol continues to be a serious problem. More than 15 crashes a day in March 2016 involved drivers who registered alcohol levels above the legal limit.
Throughout the month, state and local law enforcement will work to keep impaired drivers off the road with a focus on the state’s drinking age laws.
In addition to the danger that driving impaired causes on the roadways, penalties for DUIs are severe, and can include expensive fines, license revocation, and jail time and convictions can remain on your record for 75 years. Enjoy Spring Break responsibly and Arrive Alive!
Learn more: https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/spring-break/
National Poison Prevention Week
Observed: March 18 - 24
Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the U.S. The third week in March each year is designated as National Poison Prevention Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness about the burden of poisoning in the U.S. and highlighting specific ways to prevent it. Be prepared for poisoning emergencies by programming the Poison Help line in your phone today, (800) 222-1222.
Learn what you can do: https://poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/what-can-you-do/prevention-tips/index.html
Brain Injury Awareness Month
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) ranges from a mild concussion to a life-threatening injury. Concussions are a source of TBI, especially in young athletes. Learn about the signs, symptoms, care and prevention of concussions. About 1.7 million TBIs occur every year. Like most injuries, TBI is preventable: Wear a seat belt. Use a helmet. Make living areas safer for seniors and children.
Learn more: https://www.biausa.org/
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