Fall Safety Tips
Tips to keep you and your family safe this fall
Summer is coming to an end, children are returning to school, and the harvest season has begun. Fall can be a great time of year for you and your family with opportunities for fall hikes, enjoying the color of the trees, and hay rides.
Here are some simple tips to keep you safe while enjoying the change to cooler weather
- Be cautious of back to school traffic including children crossing roads, and bus stops
- Don’t be fooled by falling leaves whether you are driving or walking
- Refresh your fire safety knowledge
- Avoid slips and falls on wet leaves and debris
- Be prepared for unexpected cold weather
- Wash your hands frequently – Fall is the start of flu season
- Make sure your batteries are in order
- Wear reflective clothing when walking at night – sunset will continue to come earlier through late December
The fall foliage can be a beautiful sight to experience. With the falling of those leaves comes some hazards that may put your or your family at risk. Some of those hazards include:
- Leaf piles that can cause puncture wounds to eyes and soft tissue
- Wet leaves on roadways and sidewalks that can cause slip and fall injuries
- Leaves that appear to be small animals scattering cross the road causing accidents
With the return of children to schools, there is a lot more traffic on the roads in the mornings and afternoons. Plan for longer trips to work and be mindful of your surroundings.
With the coming of fall comes cooler weather and the opportunity for back yard camp/bon fires. Follow these safety tips to protect your family and property from fire hazards:
Slip and fall risks
Falling leaves, cooler weather and more rain, increase your risk of slipping and falling on wet leaves and debris. Reduce your risk by wearing appropriate shoes, be aware of your surroundings and clean up loose debris and leaves from porches, side walks and parking areas.
Unexpected cold weather
With fall comes the colder weather. Here in Kentucky, it can be pleasant and warm during the day, and temperatures drop significantly after sunset. Be prepared by keeping an extra jacket, gloves, hat and or scarf with you in the event you are out and the temperature drops quickly.
This is a great time to get your winter car emergency kit prepared and updated if needed.
With the start of flu season in October alongside a global pandemic, it is important to protect your family from the risks of the flu virus. You can follow these simple steps to help protect you and your family.
- Get vaccinated. Flu vaccines are the single most effective means we have to prevent flu and/or severe illness. With hospitals severely burdened from the pandemic, you want to avoid flu related hospitalizations.
- Avoid close contact with persons who are sick and limit your contact with others if you are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue away.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs can easily enter and exit your body through these routes.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.
With the change of seasons, it is a great time to check and replace batteries, and update your emergency kits.
- Smoke detectors: Replace batteries in smoke detectors to ensure proper working order There should be a smoke detector in each bedroom, as well as in living spaces according to regulation and recommendations. A good time to schedule your battery changes is with the change in time in the fall and spring. Always replace with new batteries.
- Carbon monoxide detectors: If you use gas for heat, make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector and replace batteries with new ones.
- Emergency kits: Fall is a good time to update the batteries in your emergency kits, including radios, flashlights, and other battery operated electronics.
- Car batteries: With cooler weather comes more frequent car battery issues. Stop by your local mechanics office to have your battery tested to be sure you aren’t caught off guard and stranded. Replace if recommended.
Walking at night
Regardless of the season, if you are walking after dark, you should always wear reflective clothing. Reflective wear is available on shoes, pants, shirts, hats, etc. Protect yourself.