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posted by: LIT First Aid on: March 09, 2022

Image via Erik Witsoe


Spring is just around the corner. And while many of us couldn’t be happier that winter is coming to an end, spring brings with it a few outdoor hazards that are important to be aware of. From dangerous driving conditions to slippery sidewalks, check out four hazards to prepare for this spring.


Dangerous Driving Conditions

We all know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” And while we’re happy to reap the floral benefits of all that rain, a rainy spring can translate to dangerous driving conditions. Whether caused by fresh rainfall or the melting of snow and ice, flooded roads aren’t uncommon during the spring months. If rain is in the forecast, keep driving to a minimum. When on the road, drive slowly, turn on your windshield wipers, and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. 



As mentioned above, flooding is a part of spring in Canada. When all that snow and ice finally starts to melt, not to mention an increase in rainy days as temperatures warm, it can wash out roadways. When driving, keep your eyes peeled for flowing or standing water and stay away from it (standing water looks deceivingly shallow but is often deeper than we think). 



With the growth of vegetation comes to an increase in insects. Ticks, which carry Lyme disease, are prevalent in the spring. So when working in the garden, wear gloves and long sleeves and do tick checks on yourselves and your children after time spent in the grass. 


Slippery Walking Conditions

Just as roadways become covered in water, so too do sidewalks. This makes for dangerous walking conditions. To combat this, avoid walking in the rain, be extra careful when walking on sloped sidewalks or on stairs, and wear boots or shoes with a strong tread.

Keep yourself safe this season by being prepared for the hazards above. We also recommend signing up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR that could save your life.

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