The temperatures are dropping, and the leaves are starting to turn colors. Then, through the course of their final vibrant display, they detach from the branches and descend to the earth below. It's that beautiful time of the year once again. However, it is vital to consider several risk factors that come with the Autumn season and discover the easiest ways to reduce the risk of acquiring an injury or being involved in an accident. So, what can you do to help protect yourself and your family from fall season accidents and injuries?
Here are five simple things that can ensure a safer journey into the colder months...
1. Checking the Furnace
Make sure you have your furnace serviced. Does your furnace leak carbon monoxide? Are there any issues present that could result in a fire? Is it functioning properly, or do modifications or repairs need to be made? These are important issues that, if left unchecked, can become problematic and could result in the unfortunate loss of human life. Contact your local service provider immediately and schedule an appointment as soon as possible!
2. Servicing the Fireplace
Make sure you service your woodstove and or fireplace. There is nothing quite like sitting next to a toasty fire during these cooler days, but you may be creating a potential fire hazard if your wood stove or fireplace is not working correctly. Make sure that you have a qualified service person come to your home to check your wood stove or fireplace to make sure everything is in good working order and does not need any repairs. Any malfunction could potentially result in a ravenous fire, the consequences of which could be tragic.
3. Proper Space Heater Utilization
If you use a space heater, make sure you follow all safety recommendations and the manufacturer's instructions. Sometimes we have areas of our home that do not heat up to the proper temperature, so we rely upon space heaters to get the job done. If you use a space heater, make sure that you follow all of the manufacturer's instructions regarding how to use the heater, mind the placement of the heater, don't leave it unattended, and follow all other recommendations regarding the proper and safe utilization of this appliance.
4. Change the Batteries
Autumn is the perfect time of the year to conduct a thorough check of all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Ensure that these devices are working correctly and are placed in the proper locations to protect you and your family. This is also the best time to change all the batteries in each one of these detectors so that you know they will function properly. If you have old or outdated smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors, you should immediately purchase new ones and follow the installation and manufacturer's use instructions.
5. Drive Defensively
During these transitional months, roadway visibility is often significantly reduced by rain, fog, or other adverse weather conditions. Between the wet leaves blanketing the roadway and overnight icing caused by falling temperatures, the roads become incredibly slick, making driving particularly dangerous during this time. In addition, many children are returning to school this time of year. They will be out on our roadways, so it is essential to be alert and look out for them. New drivers should be taught how to drive defensively to be better suited for any unexpected hazards that might come up.
Autumn is a beautiful time of the year in Connecticut, but we want it to be as safe as possible. By following these essential safety tips, you can help reduce the risk of severe physical injury or death resulting from these preventable outcomes. Enjoy this time of year with your family and friends, but above all, be careful and look out for others.
If you have been injured in an accident, reach out to a Connecticut personal injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment to ensure the maximum value for your case. For free advice or a free virtual consultation, click here to contact us or call (203) 438-7450.