As we leave the summer behind us and fall fast approaches, it’s important to remember a few important fall safety tips. Armed with the proper safety awareness and precautions, you and your family can enjoy the cooler weather, while dodging some of the season’s dangers.
Fire Safety Tips for Fall
There’s nothing cozier than spending time next using a fireplace, furnace or heater to keep warm as the weather turns colder. But they do present certain safety hazards. Remember these tips as the weather grows colder:
Have Your Furnace Serviced
Have your furnace inspected by your heating and cooling company before the season starts. They will check for leaks and make sure that your furnace is in good working condition.
Be Careful Using Your Fireplace
Screens are crucial from keeping flying sparks safely inside the fireplace. Also, make sure that the fire has been completely extinguished before going to bed and never leave a fire unattended.
Use Caution with Space Heaters
Space heaters are an affordable way to take the chill out of the air. Just make sure that you read the heater’s instructions before use. Also, make sure that the space heater is vented properly, if necessary. Last, make sure that you allow at least three feet of empty space around the heater.
Leaf Burning Could Be Dangerous
Did you know that burning leaves contain dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals? That’s why leaves should never be disposed of in such a manner. If you must burn leaves, make sure to wear a protective mask. Never burn leaves on a windy day, as this can become a fire hazard. Last, make certain you burn them far away from your home or other structures.
Exercise Candle Safety
Candles give wonderful ambience to a room but can also pose a fire hazard. Per the National Candle Association, careless candle use accounts for almost 10,000 house fires a year. Never leave candles unattended and keep them away from pets and children.
Change Smoke Alarm Batteries
At Daylight Saving Time, change the batteries in your fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Test the detectors with the new batteries to make certain that they’re working correctly. Also, check and replace any expired home fire extinguishers.
Safety Tips for Fall Driving
Visibility May Be Poor
Falling leaves can limit your vision the same as rain or fog. As the days begin to shorten, visibility of pedestrians and bicycle riders can also become difficult. If you find your visibility limited, slow down. In bad weather, use your dimmed headlights. Or try not to be on the road at all if not necessary.
Watch for Children
Use extra caution around leaves piled at the curbside. Children love playing in large piles of leaves can sometimes be hidden. Also, be careful driving around school buses and make sure to educate your child about back-to-school safety.
Slow Down on Wet Pavement
Always keep a safe distance behind the car in front of you. This is even more important in rainy conditions. Wet leaves on the pavement cause slippery road conditions. Making it harder for your car to get traction with the road.
Be Prepared for Bright Sunlight
Have a pair of sunglasses handy in case of early morning glare. If bright sunlight is completely blinding, pull over until you are able to see again.
Watch Out for Ice
Scraping frost from your car windows can add to your morning routine as temperatures drop. Beware of black ice on shady spots of the roadway that your car may skid on.
Safety Tips for Fall Boaters
Although there are more boating accidents in the summer, autumn poses more fatalities, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Mostly due to colder water and other weather-related hazards. Remember these tips for safe fall boating.
Be Prepared for Changing Weather
Autumn can be a tricky time weather-wise. Always be prepared for a change in the weather by bringing a warm coat, rain gear and gloves. Say close to shore in case the weather begins to change unexpectedly.
Watch for Signs of Hypothermia
Being in a small boat on the open water, combined with cold weather, can lead to possible hypothermia. The following are symptoms to be aware of:
• Shivering or trembling
• General lack of coordination, including stumbling and dropping things
• Drowsiness, confusion, and apathy
• Mumbling and slurring of words
• Weak pulse and shallow breathing
Tell Others About Your Trip
There will probably be fewer boats on the water if you get in trouble. Make sure to notify someone about your boating plans and what time you plan to return.
Always Wear Life Jackets
You should always wear a life jacket, no matter what the weather. But cold water will sap your strength quickly. Making you a possible victim of hypothermia.
Autumn Home Maintenance Safety Tips
Look Up Before Pruning Trees
Survey the area before you start trimming your trees. Make certain that you know where power lines are before you set up your ladder.
Use Caution on Ladders
Your ladder should be placed on a flat, level surface before use. Also make sure to wear appropriate footwear, as ladders may be wet and prone to causing slips.
Clean Up Fallen Leaves
Clear all walk and driveways of falling leaves. Wet leaves make for a slippery pedestrian hazard. Once snow starts to fall, the mix of dead leaves and snow make an even greater risk for falling.
Safely Enjoy the Beauty of the Season
Fall is a beautiful time of year. Keeping these tips in mind to protect yourself and your loved ones through the autumn.