Fall safety tips

Fall Safety Tips

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We officially welcomed fall this weekend, and it is looking and feeling like a new season outside. As the leaves continue to fall, and the days get shorter, we want to ensure that safety continues to stay top of mind throughout the following months. So, today, let’s chat about some fall safety tips to keep in mind this Autumn. 

Warm up by the fire 

With cooler mornings and evenings, you may have a fireplace that is just waiting to be used to help warm your home and take the chill off. If you have a fireplace in your home, it is important to ensure that you have it cleaned and inspected before your first fire of the season. Since soot and debris can cause a chimney fire, and a backup of carbon monoxide gas into your home, this step is key before you strike a match. Keep the area around the fireplace clear and remove any hanging decorations on your mantle that could cause an incident. It is also a good idea to keep a working fire extinguisher in your home in case you need one. 

Watch the road 

Being a diligent driver is key to safety! With school back in full swing, be cautious in school zones, obey the speed limit, and keep a careful eye on the road for excited students. Since more children will be using the playgrounds, take extra care when driving through school zones as well as residential areas where playgrounds are present. It is also key to watch for buses, and students getting on and off, as they venture to and from school. 

As fall begins, there may also be more wildlife on the move. Therefore, when driving, especially as the days get shorter, be on the lookout for animals on the road. They are most active from dusk through dawn, so be extra vigilant when driving during these hours. 

Be careful in the yard 

After enjoying a beautiful summer, the time has arrived to get your yard ready for the cool months ahead. When operating equipment like your lawn mower, or leaf blower, it is good practice to wear proper eye and ear protection to protect yourself from flying debris and loud noises.  

You want to ensure your gutters are properly cleaned out and inspect your roof before the snow starts to fall. This will mean using a ladder to accomplish these tasks. Be sure to follow proper ladder safety, and ensure you are using the right ladder to complete the job.  

According to OHS Canada, “Every single day, there are 1,000 people that are injured in ladder accidents, and every single day, 100 of those people are permanently disabled.” Therefore, take ladder safety seriously to protect yourself from falling and injury. 

Fall is a beautiful season in Alberta, and we want to ensure that you enjoy it to its fullest. Keep these tips in mind, and you will be ready to enjoy many cozy evenings in front of a warm, and well maintained, fire!