Health & Safety Moment - Season Change
With the new season change coming up it's important to keep a few important fall safety tips in mind.
Safely warm up by the fire
· Inspect your fireplace before lighting the first fire.
· A buildup of soot and creosote can cause a chimney fire and a backup of dangerous carbon monoxide gas into your home.
· Keep the area around the fireplace clear and remove any hanging decorations on your mantle.
· Keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times.
Never leave burning candles unattended
· Keep burning candles away from curtains, bedding or books.
· Extinguish a candle before going to bed or leaving the house.
Watch for new roadway hazards
· Back to school brings traffic changes. School buses, students on bicycles and teen drivers are out on the roads.
· Slow down and take extra care to look for children in school zones, near playgrounds and residential areas.
Be alert for wildlife on roadways
· Wildlife is on the move in the fall, so watch carefully for deer, turkeys and other wildlife crossing the road in front of your vehicle.
· Wildlife is most active from dusk through dawn.
Get the yard ready for winter
· Leaf blowers can be loud and blow more than just leaves, so wear eye and hearing protection to keep you safe from flying debris and preserve your hearing from the dangerous effects of repeated exposure to loud noises.
Use ladders safely
· Falling is one of the most common reasons for emergency department trips.