Autumn Safety Tips

The calendar on my wall tells me it is November which means life has moved into the last days of autumn. When I walk outside now, it isn’t to see the green grass and smell flowers that were planted, but to hear the crunch of leaves underfoot and feel the brisk air brush my face. Many call me crazy but it is true – I love this time of year.

What does that mean for safety though? Are there things that happen now that impact safety? The short answer – yes.

Various agencies such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Fire Protection Association and the National Safety Council publish hints and lists for fall as reminders of things to keep in mind. Let’s go over a few of the more common items.

  1. Take steps to prevent the cold and flu:
    1. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds
    2. If that isn’t an option then alcohol-based hand sanitizer is OK
    3. Get your flu shot
    4. If you are sick, stay at home
    5. Know when antibiotics are needed (antibiotics are not effective against viruses like the common cold and the flu)
  2. Test and/or replace batteries:
    1. Replace the alkaline batteries that are a part of most smoke/fire alarms. These should also be checked for functionality at least once per month
    2. Check the batteries in all Continue Reading…