By keeping these important safety tips in mind, you can be sure you are doing everything you can to protect yourself and your family from seasonal dangers. This will leave you free to enjoy the beauty of this glorious season.
Use Caution with Space Heaters
A space heater can be an effective way to warm up a chilly room, but it’s essential that you read the instructions before you use it. If it requires venting, make sure you have it vented to the outdoors. Never use your stove, dryer, or oven to heat your home; only use space heaters that are approved for this purpose. Always allow at least three feet of empty area around space heaters, keeping them safely away from furniture and window coverings.
Exercise Candle Caution
Candles are a great way to give a room that warm glow, but they can also cause fires. According to the National Candle Association, almost 10,000 home fires start every year due to improper candle use. Never leave candles burning when you go out or go to sleep, and keep them away from pets and kids.
Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks twice a year. Replace all alarms more than 10 years old. Check and replace any home fire extinguishers that have expired.
Look Up Before Pruning Trees
If you have decided to spruce up your yard by trimming your trees, be sure to look up and survey the area carefully before you start. Make careful note of where power lines are located before you set up your ladder so that it is positioned away from them.
Use Caution on Ladders
Wearing appropriate footwear is important when using a ladder; shoes or boots may be wet, causing you to slip as you climb the ladder. The ladder should be positioned on a flat surface before use and it’s always best to have a spotter around. Be sure that the tools you are using are specifically designed for this purpose and are in good condition before starting work.
Clean Up Fallen Leaves
Keep your driveway and walkway clear of fallen leaves. Wet leaves can create a hazard for pedestrians in the fall by making sidewalks slippery. Later in the season, snow may mix with leaves to increase the risk of falling. Mulch or rake up fallen leaves and dispose of them according to local bylaws.
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