Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons with falling leaves and milder weather. However, it can come with several safety hazards to watch out for. Here is a list of tips to think about with the changing season.
Start on Home Maintenance Projects
The falling leaves and upcoming winter season can lead to outdoor spaces becoming more dangerous. On top of this, outside structures like gutters, sidewalks, and walkways will all require attention in order to prevent any accidental falls. The best way to start is to sweep up any fallen leaves or lawn debris that has built up. Afterwards, make sure to install handrails on commonly used paths as well as non-skid surfaces onto stairs and slopes. Lastly, make sure that the fireplace, chimney, and other heating systems are all intact so that you will have heat during the colder months.
Prepare for Daylight Savings Time
With Daylight Savings Time requiring clocks to be set an hour earlier in autumn, it is important that adjustments to your lifestyle are made in order to suit this altered timing. This is largely because it will be darker earlier in November, as early as 4 PM for certain states. Make sure to avoid driving late at night and to have a companion if you are heading out to unfamiliar areas late at night.
Ensure Lighting Sources Are Functioning
With the days getting darker earlier and the days also becoming shorter, it is important that all your light sources around the home are working. Before autumn kicks in in full force, make sure that you have light bulbs, batteries, and candles in place for any possible blackouts or outages. On top of this, replace the batteries for any existing electronics that you might need – especially your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors if you will be using your candles and fireplace more.
Stock Up on Warm Clothes
Make sure that you have warm clothes ready during the fall. Bodies will change over the year, and it is important that not only do you fit into your warm clothes, but that they are still suitable to your preferences and lifestyle. On top of this, it is important to stock up warm clothes in your vehicle or the homes of your family to make sure that you have options if the weather gets cold. Socks, sweaters, hats, coats, and quality house slippers are all important for staying warm in the fall.
Get a Flu Shot
As the weather gets colder, we will also be entering flu season. This means that many people will be falling sick with the common flu, and it is best to protect yourself by getting vaccinated and maintaining a high quality of hygiene. On top of getting vaccinated, it will also be a good idea to take supplements for Zinc or Vitamin C to boost your immune system.
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