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Be Aware of Fall Weather Hazards

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Summer is drawing to a close, and the weather is starting to cool. You may be looking forward to cozy sweaters, football games, and pumpkin spice lattes, but there are also plenty of hazards to watch out for this fall. Follow these tips to safely navigate through the changing weather.

Floodwater

Fall is often a time for rainy weather, which can cause roadway flooding. The biggest takeaway here is never drive through floodwater! Commit to always following the adage, “Turn around, don’t drown.” Also, don’t allow children or pets to play in floodwater, which could contain dangerous objects, animals, or bacteria.

Reduced Visibility

The days are growing shorter, and your evening commute is more likely to line up with sunset. This reduces visibility right when school is back in session and wildlife is becoming more active and migratory. Slow down in school zones, eliminate distractions behind the wheel, and be watchful for wild animals near or in the road.

Sudden Changes in the Weather

You may want to enjoy the cooler temperatures and changing leaves by going on nature walks, but always check the forecast first. A sunny afternoon may turn stormy with little warning, especially if your outing includes elevation changes. Dress in layers, bring a windbreaker, and never hike alone.

Fall Boating

If you want to get out on the water a few more times before winter sets in, remember that the water is much colder than in the summer. Bring warm clothing and always wear a life jacket. Also, be sure to tell others where you’re going and when you expect to return.

Home Heating

Take proper safety precautions as you switch from air conditioning to heating. For instance, if you use a furnace, schedule a professional tune-up to make sure the equipment is working properly. If you heat your home with a wood fireplace, have it cleaned and serviced every autumn. And if you heat drafty rooms with a space heater, allow three feet of clearance between the unit and anything flammable.

Leaf Removal

While some homeowners choose to burn their leaves, this creates a fire hazard on your property and needlessly exposes you to dangerous fumes. Consider composting your leaves or bagging them for removal from the site.

Candles

Flickering candlelight is a cozy addition to your home in the fall, but candles are also a fire hazard. Keep lit candles away from children and pets, never leave them unattended, and never burn them for longer than four hours at a time.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The risk for CO poisoning increases in the fall when combustion heating appliances are in use. To help keep your family safe, change the batteries in your home’s carbon monoxide detectors once a year. Then, test them once a month.

If fall weather hazards get the best of you, turn to DKI Services for help. We provide fire restoration, water damage cleanup, and mold remediation to help your home recover. Contact us today to learn more or to request our services.