20 Spring Safety Tips to Enjoy the Outdoors

Press Release

For Release:  05-15-2015

Prepared By: Sgt. Dyon Harper

20 Spring Safety Tips to Enjoy the Outdoors

Raytown, MO – The Raytown Police Department would like to remind residents of ways to enhance their safety as they enjoy the warmer weather and longer days that will arrive with Spring.  As more people head outdoors, visit parks, and become more active, following these tips may help increase the safety of our residents and community:

Severe Weather

  • Be aware of any threat of severe weather in your area.
  • Check the weather forecast before heading outdoors.
  • Monitor local radio, TV, online weather sources, or an NOAA weather radio, when severe weather threatens your area.
  • Identify a safe place to take shelter in your home, school, or business.
  • In the event of a tornado:
    • Seek shelter in the lowest level of a building, preferably in a basement.
    • If an underground shelter is unavailable, move to an interior room.
    • Move away from windows.
    • Get out of vehicles-they can be easily tossed around.
    • If caught outside, lie flat on the ground and cover your head with your hands.

At the Park

  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • Park in well lit, heavily traveled areas if possible.
  • Don’t leave valuable items in plain view inside of your car. Leave them at home or lock them in your trunk prior to arriving at your destination.
  • When you approach your car, have your key ready.
  • Carry a cellphone in the event you need assistance.
  • Trust your instincts. Don’t walk where you feel uncomfortable.


  • Never walk alone and always let someone know where you are going.
  • When jogging or walking, be aware of your surroundings.
  • If listening to music, keep the volume low enough to hear surrounding noises.
  • Avoid areas where visibility is poor.
  • Wear reflective material at night.
  1. #1 by andywhiteman on May 15, 2015 - 20:40

    After being struck by a hit and run driver in Raytown, I bought a reflective vest of the type worn by construction workers and night security people. I also put reflective tape on my helmet. Since I have a black car, I put reflective take on the mirrors, bumpers, and rear windshield wiper.

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