Don’t let seasonal changes put you at risk

By: Emily Lunardo | Health News | Friday, October 07, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Don’t let seasonal changes put you at riskAlthough the turn of the season is a beautiful time, it can also be dangerous. The Farmer’s Almanac has published some safety tips to ensure you have an enjoyable fall without hazards.

  • Flooding: There is a higher risk of flooding during the fall, especially if you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes. Never drive or walk in flooded areas.
  • Leaves: A pile of leaves may seem fun to play in, but they can be wet and slippery. If temperatures drop, leaves can freeze, making roads slippery. Fallen leaves can cover up road markings and even hide potholes.
  • Shorter days: There’s less visibility as the days become shorter in the fall. Be more cautious when driving in the early evening when the sun is setting. Morning can be quite foggy, worsening visibility, too. Keep proper distance between you and other vehicles and drive cautiously.
  • Temperature fluctuations: Temperatures can fluctuate throughout the day from feeling almost like summer to switching back to the cold range. Keep a waterproof jacket handy in case of rain and wear layers of clothing that can be removed or put on depending on the changes in the outside temperature.
Don’t forget to fall-proof your home, too:

  • Have your furnace checked and filters cleaned or replaced.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Never leave candles unattended and don’t burn anything outdoors when fire danger is high.
  • Have your chimney inspected and never leave a fireplace unattended.

By following these tips you can ensure that you enjoy fall and all it has to offer, safely.

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