Theresa Taylor, CIC
By Arnold Anderson, eHow Contributor
Enjoy the beauty of fall by staying safe.
In many parts of the country autumn is a time of the year when the summer weather starts to cool, the air starts to feel moist and the leaves begin to fall from the trees. When that time of the year arrives, it is time to think of home safety tips for fall and how you can keep your home and family safe during the season. Fall can be an enjoyable time of the year with holidays such as Halloween and the colorful changes in the foliage, so take some basic safety precautions to make sure you and your family enjoy the season without incident.
- Remove wet leaves from your sidewalks, the walkways leading to your home, your porch steps and the porch itself. Wet leaves can become slippery and pose a hazard. Always help older family members up and down outside steps and walking along wet sidewalks to help prevent injuries
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional prior to using your fireplace for the fall. Any cracks in and around the base of your chimney could release carbon monoxide into your home as you are burning a fire in the fireplace. A build-up of soot in the chimney itself could catch fire as the embers travel up the chimney. Also have the chimney inspector look for any bird’s nests in the chimney opening that could catch fire or stop carbon monoxide from escaping out. As part of your chimney maintenance, make sure all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the house have fresh batteries and operate properly.
- When raking leaves be sure to wear thick work gloves to protect against splinters from the rake handle, and from blisters on your hands. When you are lifting heavy bags full of wet leaves, use your knees to lift rather than your back to help prevent an injury.
- During the spring and summer it is easy to get used to leaving work in the daylight, and doing weekend activities in natural light up until almost 9:00 p.m. As fall approaches, the daylight begins to dwindle, so have a flashlight ready in your car in case of an emergency and carry a small flashlight with you at all times.