As children go back to school and leaves begin to fall, autumn presents many opportunities to prevent safety hazards in and around your home and keep your family safe.
Halloween is a fun-filled time for children, but there are many dangers associated with the holiday unrelated to ghouls, goblins and witches. Parents need to take the necessary precautions to make sure their children remain safe while still having fun by selecting a safe costume and providing children with important instructions before trick-or-treating. Motorists also need to stay especially alert due to the high number of child pedestrians out in communities.
Autumn is the start of flu season, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu. Learn more on flu prevention from flu.gov and download this fact sheet debunking common myths about the flu vaccine.
This fall, NSC partnered with First Student
, the largest provider of student transportation services in North America, to share important back-to-school safety
information. All motorists should know how to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists, and parents should provide their children with the necessary knowledge to stay safe at school.
Visit nsc.org/back2school for more information on back-to-school safety, including fact sheets to download and share with your friends and family.
Daylight Saving Time ends every year on the first Sunday of November, as clocks are set back one hour nationwide (except in Hawaii and most of Arizona). This year, it will take place on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00 a.m.
While Daylight Saving Time is meant to extend daylight hours and conserve energy, it also serves as a great reminder to check the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors. Batteries in smoke detectors should be replaced yearly, and there should be smoke detectors on every floor of your home (including the basement) and outside bedrooms or sleeping areas.
Learn more about fire prevention.
Every autumn leaves inevitably will fall, leaving your yard cluttered and in need of clean-up. Consider the following safety tips from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to prevent injuries while performing yard work.
- Use a rake that is comfortable for your height and strength. Wear gloves or use rakes with padded handles to prevent blisters.
- Wet leaves can be slippery; wear shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles.
- Do not overfill leaf bags, especially if the leaves are wet. To avoid back injury, you should be able to carry bags comfortably.
- Never throw leaves over your shoulder or to the side. The twisting motion required to do so places undue stress on your back.
- Make sure the engine is off and cool before you begin any maintenance work or refuel your lawnmower.
- Wear protective gear like goggles and gloves, boots and long pants when mowing. Never mow barefoot or in sandals.
- Never use your hands or feet to clear debris from under a lawnmower. Use a stick or broom handle instead. Likewise, never touch the blades with your hands or feet, even if the engine is off. The blade can still move and cause serious injury.