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Keep you and your family safe and healthy as summer leaves and we fall into autumn. Cooler weather means the start to the holidays, beautiful foliage and the cheery sound of leaves crunching under our boots. And while the crisp air feels great and we get to rock our favorite leather boots again, there are some serious autumn safety tips you and your family need to be aware of! Follow these tips to keep your family healthy and out of harms way!

Change “Curfews”

It gets dark earlier so if you’re kids love playing outside, make their curfews a bit earlier now so they can stay safe when walking home.

Reconsider Leaf Burning

It may smell amazing, but burning leaves actually produces dangerous and cancer-causing chemicals so please avoid disposing of leaves this way. If you must, wear a protective mask. Do it away from the house and avoid doing it in windy conditions.

Wash Your Hands

It sounds simple but this is the time of year when everyone gets sick. Wash them regularly and thoroughly. Use hot water, generous amounts of soap, and wash for at least 30 seconds. 

Raking Leaves Safely

Avoid any back injuries by standing upright while raking. When picking up bags of leaves, bend at the knee and use your legs, not your back, for support. If you use a leaf blower, wear protective clothing, eyewear, and proper boots to prevent injury.

Child Safety

Do not allow children to play in leaf piles near the curb. This can put your child at risk for getting hit, especially since it gets dark outside earlier. Drivers, make sure not to drive too close to leaf piles, you never know if there’s a small child in there playing. 

Do A Routine Home Inspection

Test all smoke alarms and have a family fire drill. If necessary, replace used and expired fire extinguishers. Check your heater to see if a technician needs to inspect it. Keep all flammable materials away from your furnace, portable or space heater and shut them off if you leave the house. Do not leave kids and pets alone with these machines. If you have a fireplace, hire a professional check the chimney for debris, creosote buildup, and to make sure it can properly vent.  

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