Enjoy the spring season with some tips from York’s Employee Well-Being Office

Spring has sprung and Mother Nature is sounding her wake-up call. York’s Employee Well-Being Office has some tips for a safe and healthy spring.

Allergy sufferers should take heed of the increased pollen count as trees and plants move from being dormant into active growth. The Employee Well-Being Office suggests that if you suffer from allergies, you should limit your outdoor activities to the afternoon, as pollen counts are usually highest in the morning and lowest during wet weather. Allergy sufferers should also watch out for pollen from flowers which grace our meadows and front porch planters. During peak pollen times, keep your windows shut and drink plenty of fluids to help thin nasal mucus.

Spring is also the time when bees, wasps and mosquitoes become more active. Try wearing lighter coloured clothing and avoid using heavy scented perfumes. To reduce the risk of insect-borne illness eliminate standing water on property. Ponds should be treated and stocked with mosquito eating fish. If you are going to be out in the early morning or dusk hours, wear a mosquito or insect repellent (always check with your family physician before wearing any repellent).

The warm weather is also a time for barbequing. Before firing up the barbeque, be sure to check it for worn or defective parts, these should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s specifications. The Employee Well-Being Office suggests that when checking your barbeque, be sure to examine the hoses for leaks and check all connections and clean any that are soiled with soot with a brush. The grill and warming racks should be kept clean and free of accumulated grease. Fuel tanks should also be checked for dents and corrosion and if you are transporting the tank always plug or cap the outlets and be sure to keep the relief valve upright before transporting. Cylinders should be stored outside in a safe, shady location.

Spring is also a time when thunderstorms and severe weather warnings return. Always take the time to listen or watch the weather station or channel when there is a severe weather watch or warning. A warning means severe weather is already occurring or will take place soon in your area. Warnings highlight heavy thunderstorm activity and the potential for high winds, flooding and flash floods. If you are on the road and you hear thunder and see lightning, get to a safe shelter immediately. If you in a boat or close to water, move to shelter as soon as possible.

For more information visit the Employee Well-Being Office Web site or call ext. 55005.

Stay safe and enjoy this beautiful season.