Spring Cleaning Safety Tips
Tulips are in full bloom—a sure sign spring has sprung in Metro Vancouver. And that it’s time to purge your winter clutter. Before you tackle your spring cleaning, here are a few safety tips:
- Plan ahead and pace yourself.
- Use a step-ladder, not a table or chair, indoors. Outside, remember to place ladders on level ground, one foot out for every four feet up.
- Keep high-traffic areas, stairs and landings free of clutter and cleaning equipment.
- When carrying loads up and down stairs be sure you can still see over the top of your load. And leave one hand free to grab the railing.
- Warn everyone in the house when your floors are wet.
- Watch your back. Lift with your legs.
- Beware toxic chemicals. Mixing ammonia and bleach can produce dangerous fumes that build up. Lock up any poisonous cleaners and toss out leaky containers.
- Go through your medicine cabinet and dispose of any outdated prescriptions.
- Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- When cleaning doors and windows, check the locks to make sure everything works properly.
Scouting Out Summer Camps
Registration has started for many summer camps. Whether your children are into sports, fine arts, technology, or just hanging out, there are plenty of options around Metro Vancouver. Here are a few sites to get you started:
Prevent Theft at Your Open House
The housing market is heating up again across the Lower Mainland. Not surprisingly, thieves sometimes take advantage of all the open houses.
Common sense suggests that you hide or lock up your valuables and medications. That includes your laptop, jewellery, mobile devices etc. Putting away bills, credit card receipts and bank statements is also a good idea.
Remove personal photographs and anything else that may identify you or reveal private information. A family calendar or school notices, for example. Turn off your caller ID and answering machine.
Talk to your real estate agent about security issues, such as having extra agents on hand to escort buyers, collect identification and monitor the house. Make viewings by appointment only. Do not let any unexpected visitors into your house, even if they claim to be realtors and their clients.
What's On In
Credit: © Vancouver International Children’s Festival / Tim Matheson
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
– see web site for events and venues
April 3 to 28
Vancouver Sun Run
Cloverdale Rodeo and County Fair
Cloverdale Fair Grounds
May 16 to 19
Vancouver International Children’s Festival
May 27 to June 1
Vancouver Mini Maker Faire
June 7 to 8
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park
June 20 to 22
How Smart is Your Smartphone?
- Use passwords, automatic locking, security software, encryption.
- Disable automatic wi-fi connection.
- Turn off Bluetooth and NFC (near-field communication) when not in use.
- Install operating system updates as soon as they’re available.
- Check your apps’ permissions and only download from approved sources.
Quick Safety Tip
TAKING YOUR MEDICATIONS ON TIME
Remembering to take your medications can be challenging, especially if you’re juggling multiple doses. Establishing a routine helps. Try creating a daily or weekly checklist and talk to your pharmacist about using a pill organizer system, such as blister packs, boxes and timers. Put up sticky notes, or set alarms on your cell phone.