If you have followed my blogs for any length of time you know that both my husband and I work in safety fields. This means we drive our friends a bit nuts when we are together about staying safe. They, in turn, humor us by attempting to do things safely when we are around. It is a system that works well for us all. Recently while together the conversation moved to the change in seasons. Many look forward to a lessening of the heat and humidity in St. Louis while others lament the loss of daylight and snow.
That conversation got me to thinking. Are there things that we, as normal, everyday people, should do to stay safe this fall? After some research on the websites for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Safety Council (NSC), and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), it turns out there are things that should be done during the fall to stay safe. Below is a compilation of suggestions for your consideration.
Fall Safety Tips
- Practice Safe Driving. At this time of year, it is dark or twilight when people go to work and come home. This is also an active time for many animals. People are generally more active as well with the cooler weather. Do not drive after you have been drinking at say a Halloween party.
- Furnace readiness. If needed have the heating system and furnace checked or serviced. Be sure nothing is near or close to it. Chimneys and vents should also be cleaned and checked for leaks.
- Campfires and Fire Pits. Know if having one is legally allowed in your area. The recommendation is, fires should be 25 feet away from any building or structure. Do not burn on windy days to prevent issues with flames or embers. Have someone always tend to the fire and keep children at a safe distance. Follow the stop, drop and roll method should it be necessary for you or your clothing.
- Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Monitors. Both of these should be checked to see if they are working properly. This is also a good time to replace the batteries. Several sites suggested the way to remember to do this is to match it to the time changes in the spring and fall.
- Portable Space Heaters. Do not use any that have frayed cords or broken plugs. Keep them about 3 feet away from furniture and fabric like drapes. Never use an extension cord. Be sure they are turned off when they are no longer in use.
- Stay Healthy. Now is the start of cold and flu season. Always wash your hands with soap and water. If you are sick and have the option to stay home or work from home, do it! It is not very nice to infect your co-workers. Get a flu shot. Several pharmacies and drug stores offer these for free. Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. Wipe down your phone, computer and work station with some antibacterial wipes if you haven’t done so recently.
- Winterize Vehicles. If you are in a state that requires snow tires, go ahead and get them on your vehicle. Have all of the vehicle’s fluids checked and topped off. This includes perhaps adding a deicing agent to your washer fluid or replenishing the antifreeze in your radiator. Put an ice scraper back in the trunk.
If any of these ideas could be applied to your job, then do them there too. Perhaps some signs about staying healthy are needed. The change of seasons is also a good time to review training records and company policies. Take some time to look over our website. You might be pleasantly surprised at what all we can do for you.