Fall Weather Safety Tips

Fall Weather Safety Tips

Autumn is a beautiful time of year. As the weather cools and the leaves change color, it’s important to keep these fall weather safety tips in mind: As temperatures get chilly outside, many of us open our fireplaces for the first time in months, ready to roast marshmallows and have some additional heat in our homes. Whether you have a wood- or gas-burning fireplace, it’s important to have the fireplace swept or serviced before you begin using it again. A specialist can make sure that a gas fireplace has no leaks and that a wood-burning one is clean and ready for a season use. Be aware of

Whether you have a wood- or gas-burning fireplace, it’s important to have the fireplace swept or serviced before you begin using it again. A specialist can make sure that a gas fireplace has no leaks and that a wood-burning one is clean and ready for a season use. Be aware of fire in the home.

Candles cast great ambiance, but they’re also the cause of almost 10,000 home fires a year, most of which start in the bedroom. Keep candles out of reach of children and pets, and always extinguish them before sleeping or leaving a room. Have your central heating system cleaned, inspected, and serviced each fall before you begin using it. If your home is warmed by a gas heater, it’s especially important to make sure you have at least the appropriate number of working carbon monoxide detectors. Fall is often the time for

Have your central heating system cleaned, inspected, and serviced each fall before you begin using it. If your home is warmed by a gas heater, it’s especially important to make sure you have at least the appropriate number of working carbon monoxide detectors. Fall is often the time for

Fall is often the time for yard work preparation for winter. Take care when pruning trees to remain aware of power lines, and position any ladders away from these potential dangers. Everyone enjoys the changing colors of the leaves, but it’s important to keep your drive and yard as clear of fallen leaves as possible, as they can make walkways slippery and, later on, mix with snow to increase chances of falling. 

However, if you choose to dispose of leaves by burning, do so on a still day, away from houses or other structures, and wear a protective mask to prevent you from inhaling harmful carcinogens. Away from the home, consider that the changing of the seasons can sometimes result in poor visibility. Falling leaves can obscure your view of the road, and the earlier nightfall makes it particularly important to watch for pedestrians and cyclists on the road.

For more fall safety tips, check out the CDC’s page on autumn health and safety.