Warmer weather means motorists should take extra care while driving to watch for pedestrians and bicyclists. Bicyclists should always ride with traffic and obey all traffic control devices (stop signs, traffic lights).Pedestrians should walk against traffic and use crosswalks and sidewalks if possible.
Drivers should also remember these tips:
• Yield to bicyclists as you would motorists and do not underestimate their speed.
• In parking lots, at stop signs, when packing up, or when parking, search your surroundings for other vehicles, including bicycles.
• Drivers turning right on red should look to the right and behind to avoid hitting a bicyclist approaching from the right rear. Stop completely and look left-right-left and behind before turning right on red.
• Obey the speed limit, reduce speed for road conditions and drive defensively to avoid a crash with a cyclist.
• Give cyclists room. Do not pass too closely. Pass bicyclists as you would any other vehicle—when it's safe to move over into an adjacent lane.
See the NHTSA website for more information:
Fertilizer and Pesticide Safety
While the big box home improvement stores may advertise green lawns and low cost chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides are one of the biggest contributors to water pollution. If you choose to use these products, be careful not to over apply or apply when wind or rain are in the forecast.
See the EPA's website on this topic for more info:
Safety Data Sheets
When working in a lab, it's important to become familiar with the chemicals you work with before you start conducting your experiment. A good source of important safety information is the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and the container label.
Use the SDS to find information on first aid measures, handling and storage procedures, waste disposal, regulatory information and more. The manufacturer of the chemical must provide you with the SDS.