Our County: Spring weather means check for safety
by D. Gary Davis
Mar 04, 2014 | 530 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hopefully the beginning of spring will bring warmer weather, and with the change in temperatures the desire to be outside will once again return to our communities.

This change will make it necessary to perform some periodic, and also some preventative, maintenance on our forms of transportation, and on lawn equipment as well.

The idea of a person just getting in a car or truck and traveling down a road with no assurance the brakes have recently been checked — to ensure they will be able stop the car and protect its occupants correctly — is frightening. But some people do this every day.

Before starting your lawn equipment for the first time after the winter layoff, make sure it is ready for this season by having it properly serviced. Also, make sure all safety equipment is attached, and working.

Please keep all children, pets and other family members away from power equipment and tools while in operation, and never give children rides on an operating riding lawn mower.

Please take the time to do a “walkaround” of your car to make sure your tire pressure is correct and your tread adequate, and that your battery is fully charged after this tough winter weather that we have all been through. Buckle up, change wiper blades, make a family pledge to not drive distracted, follow maintenance recommendations and carry a roadside emergency kit.

And finally, if you are a parent with small children, please make sure that your child is properly restrained in a correctly installed child seat at all times when the vehicle is moving.

The same analogy can also be applied to our communities as well.

With the upcoming election date of May 6, 2014, the date April 7 is very important. This is the voter registration deadline, and we must be ready for the next election season by being able to exercise the precious right to vote.

The idea of just living in a community without being involved is equally frightening to me as ignoring the rules of road safety.

If you are already registered to vote, let me say first, congratulations, and second, thank you! For those who may not have been able to register, please contact our Bradley County Election Commission at 423-728-7115. You may also visit the election commission portion of our county website by first visiting www.bradleyco.net. At the top of the home page you will find six links and when you hold your cursor at the one designated “Departments,” you will see an alphabetical listing of 25 departments.

Click on “Election Commission” and you will be directed to its page, which gives a tremendous amount of information. Some of the information includes voter registration procedures, election schedules, sample ballots and voting locations, as well as early and absentee voting procedures.

If you are also interested in working at the polls, you may contact the election office for more information. Bradley County elections administrator Fran Green and all of her professional staff are there to help any and all who take the time to become involved. They are also conveniently located in the Bradley County Courthouse Annex, at the west side of the Bradley County Courthouse. There are steps at the front, but there is also ramp access at the side of the building for those who may need mobility assistance.

There are maps as well as information available to help us all become more informed and more aware of those who are given the gift and responsibility of serving the public.

May we all take the time to ensure our own and our family’s safety and security while we are at home — using lawn equipment, operating motor vehicles and also being an active participant in our community.

This can all help ensure that Bradley County continues to be Tennessee at its best!