Every season comes with certain safety risks. As you enjoy the beauty of fall and all the events that come with it, make sure you take precautions to keep your family safe.
From having fun outdoors to household chores, here are 7 things for parents and caretakers to keep in mind this autumn.
1. Leaf Pile Safety
As the leaves change colors and fall to the ground, you’ll get busy raking while your kids get busy jumping!
Leaping into leaf piles is one of simple joys of childhood and a great way to make family memories. However, moms and dads should remind kids to stay away from piles of leaves and yard waste that are already out on the curb for pickup.
The obvious concern here is that by playing so closely to the road, children are in danger of getting hit by a car.
SafeBee.com brings up other potential concerns with leaf piles, suggesting parents only let their children play in freshly raked leaves in order to avoid the chance of jumping onto sharp objects or even animals that could be hiding in the pile.
Parents of children with asthma and fall allergies (such as mold) should also be aware that playing in the leaves could irritate those conditions.
2. Pool Closing Safety
The end of summer means it’s time to close up the pool in many areas of the country.
Pool owners should take precautions to make sure the area is as safe as possible. That includes using a pool safety cover, removing toys from the area, having secure fencing with a gate, and installing an alarm.
Properly storing pool chemicals in your garage is another important safety step. Get more advice on pool closing safety in another article on our blog.
3. Fall Safety on the Road
Drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians should all be aware of how the changing seasons affect safety on the road.
Less daylight as we move towards winter means it will be harder for motorists to see kids walking home from school or riding bikes in the street. Backpacks and jackets with reflective material will help your little ones be seen.
For drivers, a good pair of sunglasses is a necessity. That’s because the sun is lower in the sky this time of year, which can cause windshield glare during peak driving hours as the sun rises and sets.
4. Halloween Safety
Trick-or-treating is a blast for kids, but it also presents a few safety risks.
If you have young children, a walk around your neighborhood is a good opportunity to teach them about pedestrian safety and the rules of the road, from looking both ways to using crosswalks and obeying traffic signals.
If your child is wearing a costume with dark colors, consider adding some reflective tape to improve visibility. Giving kids flashlights or glow sticks is a fun way to make them easier to see and help them see where they’re going.
Costumes that are too long may cause trips and falls. Masks may impede a child’s line of sight, so choose face paint instead. Get more Halloween safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.
5. Change Smoke Alarm Batteries
It’s common safety advice to replace the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms whenever we change the clocks. In 2016, Daylight Savings Time ends on November 6th, as we fall back one hour. You should purchase new smoke alarms at least once every 10 years.
October is also National Fire Prevention Month. It’s a good time to go over fire safety tips with your family.
That includes understanding the danger of playing with matches and lighters, learning how to stop, drop, and roll, as well as talking about the fire evacuation plan for your home.
6. Bonfire Safety
Campfires are a fun way to spend family time during the fall season. As a parent, it’s your job to make sure everyone plays it safe.
People should wear non-flammable clothing and hard-soled shoes around the fire. Avoid using dangerous accelerants like lighter fluid or gasoline, and use paper and kindling to start your fire instead.
Have something nearby to douse flames and keep the bonfire under control. At the end of the night, make sure to spread the coals around or shovel dirt over the fire to extinguish it.
Get more campfire safety tips from SmokeyBear.com.
7. Lawn & Garden Chemical Safety
Along with all the good times comes the yard work and chores of autumn.
Besides clearing away the leaves, you’ll also be cleaning out your home’s gutters. The Mr. Handyman website has tips to keep you safe, but you should also keep kids from climbing on ladders while you’re on the roof.
In order to keep your lawn in good shape, many homeowners will be fertilizing and putting down other chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides. Before you apply these products, remove children’s toys from the area and instruct little ones to stay off the lawn until it’s safe.
Store Chemicals Safely with Child-Resistant Flexible Packaging
Products like pool chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizer will likely be kept in your garage or a storage shed. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to make sure these items are placed out of reach from small children.
Another safety precaution that helps keep kids safe is child-resistant packaging.
As more products are being sold in reclosable flexible packaging, the child-resistant Child-Guard® slider has emerged as a way to add an extra layer of protection.
The innovative closure requires an additional step that has been tested to ensure it is difficult for children five years of age and younger to open. This helps prevent accidental exposures and poisonings among children.
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