Safetydude's Safety Tip of the Week
Fall Safety Tips
- 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.
- 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.
- Children love to play in piles of leaves. Use extra caution where leaves are piled at curbside.
- Heating in general can be dangerous--make sure your furnace is in good working order, make sure space heaters are away from anything combustible, and ensure that your fireplace is safe as well (the chimney is clean, a guard is in place to keep sparks in the fireplace and not on your furniture, etc).
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional prior to using your fireplace for the fall.
- Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when you turn back your clocks for Daylight Saving Time. Make sure to check the alarms with the new batteries installed.
- Use extra caution when climbing ladders for fall jobs such as cleaning gutters or hanging holiday decorations. Shoes or boots may be wet causing you to slip as you climb the ladder.
- Make sure your home heating system is in good working order before the cold weather sets in.
- Winterize your car now. Everything from changing to a heavier weight oil to flushing the radiator, restocking your car's emergency bag, checking the air in the spare tire, and making sure the windshield scraper is where you left it at the end of last winter will ensure a safe and prepared drive whether you are going across town or across the country.
- Be careful driving. As the days get shorter and the weather gets greyer, people, bicycles motorcycles, and other cars can be harder to see. Drive carefully!
- Take a look at large trees on your property and remove trees and limbs which appear rotted and could fall on your property in winter storms
Slogan of the Week
To avoid a scene, keep your workplace clean
Picture of the Week
You can't see me ! Until at least I fall that is.