A local school nurse remarked that on the first nice day of spring each year lots of elementary students come in from the playground with scrapes and bumps, “During the winter when they’re inside all the time they evidently forget about gravity.”


So too, adults need reminders about safety that we seem to forget from one season to the next. Here are some things for your checklist.


Batteries – For flashlights to use during storms, smoke detectors in campers, and bicycle headlights.


Bike helmets – Does everyone in the family have one? Does it still fit? Is it still capable of protecting your loved one?


Flotation devices – Whether for a preschooler in the swimming pool or for adults fishing, check for punctures, and whether the straps and buckles are sound.


Gas grills – Exam the lines and connectors, clean out cobwebs and other debris from the winter.


Outdoor play equipment – Check for sharp edges, loose pieces, areas weakened by rust, and for anything that froze and cracked. With freezing and thawing of the ground, has the frame of the equipment twisted so that it isn’t sitting firmly?


Patio furniture – Throw out anything with rotted frames or cloth to avoid furniture collapsing under someone.