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With the season of fall right around the corner, it is important to stay safe as the weather starts to change. A new season brings new hazards to be cautious of and safety measures to be taken. Read on for our tips on how to stay safe this fall and help you to prevent an accident.

Change the Batteries in your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

With the temperatures slowly starting to drop, and Thanksgiving approaching sooner than you think, household fires can be a common occurrence in the fall with all of the cooking and indoor fireplace usage. It is easy to forget about your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when they, if you’re lucky, are quiet all the time. A good rule of thumb is to change the batteries in your alarms when you reset your clocks for daylight savings. This way, you are doing it every year and you have a good reminder to do it. After you replace the batteries you should test the alarm to make sure that it is working properly. To test it, Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. After a few seconds a loud, ear-piercing siren should emanate from the smoke detector while the button is pressed.

Use Caution when Climbing Ladders

With the fall season, comes a lot of fall jobs such as cleaning gutters or preparing for winter by hanging holiday decorations. It is always important to be cautious when using a ladder. A few tips we have to using a ladder include:

  • Be mindful of your shoes or boots, they may be wet and could cause you to slip and fall.
  • Always face the ladder when ascending or descending
  • Always use at least one hand to hold on to the ladder and try to avoid carrying a large or heavy object up the ladder
  • The top rung of the ladder is not a step
  • Never move a ladder while someone is using it
  • Only one person should occupy a ladder at a time

Keep your Driveway and Walkway Clear of Fallen Leaves

As the leaves begin to change color and start to drop we are bombarded with piles of leaves all over the ground. While no one enjoys raking, it is especially important to clear the leaves from your driveway or walkway. When it rains, they can get very slippery and can cause someone to slip and fall. For your safety, and the safety of your loved ones and neighbors, be sure to have them removed.

Check and Replace Home Fire Extinguishers that has Expired

It is important to know how to check your fire extinguisher so that if you ever have to use it, you know that it is in properly working order. Most extinguishers should work for 5 to 15 years, but you can check the label or check with the manufacturer for your model. If you’re a renter especially, it’s impossible to know when your fire extinguisher was bought, so check the pressure gauge as well. Here are 3 additional tips we found to ensure your fire extinguisher will work in case of an emergency.

  • Check the pressure gauge monthly. If the needle falls inside green area, you’re good to go. But if it falls anywhere else, it’s time to replace the extinguisher. If your model is older and doesn’t have a gauge, take it to a professional.
  • Check the inspection sticker. Every extinguisher should have an inspection sticker or hang tag that lists a record of its maintenance checkups (it should be serviced annually). If the sticker is missing, replace the extinguisher right away for a new one with known history.
  • Lastly, check for wear-and-tear. A cracked/ripped hose or nozzle, a missing locking pin, a wobbly or broken handle, and other defects are all signs that the extinguisher is unreliable, and you should get a new one.

Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher. It is best to store it in a place near to the kitchen. The most common time for a house fire to occur is while cooking. Depending on the size of your home, it may be recommended to have more than one and store them in other areas of your home.

Always wear Work Gloves when doing Outside Yard Work

Fall is the season of yardwork and it is important that while you are doing so you should be wearing work gloves. It may seem silly but there can be many benefits to them. They can provide a better grip on your tools and also prevent knuckle busters, chemical or heat burns, cuts, fingernail loss, splinters, and more. While these all sound like minor first aid injuries, they could be the lead to something much bigger happening due to impaired hand function. It’s a simple solution, so wear your work gloves.

Practice a Family Fire Escape Plan

According to fire safety officials, you have about 1-2 minutes after you hear the fire alarm to escape your home safely. It is important that your family has a plan in place and has practiced it to know that you can get out safely in those 2 minutes. Here are some tips that we recommend in creating your family’s fire escape plan:

  • First, draw a map. It can be helpful to get a visual of your house and draw out possible escape routes and all of the homes exit points.
  • Establish a place to meet when safe. It is important that you are all on the same page with where to meet up so that when the firefighters arrive they don’t mistake a missing family member for still being in the building.
  • Know fire safety techniques. If a fire actually is happening make sure everyone in the family, especially the kids (in case they are on their own), know how to best stay safe while escaping. For example, testing if the next room is safe by feeling the doorknob, knowing to stay low and to the perimeter of the room, stop, drop, and rolling if their clothing catches fire, and other safety techniques.
  • Lastly, know to never, under any circumstances, go back into the burning building. Wait for the Firefighters arrive and let them do their job.
  • A fire escape plan is recommended be run at least twice a year. Make sure that everyone in the home is present and go over the fire safety rules.

How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

We hope that you stay safe this fall, but sometimes injuries happen, and we are here to help when they do. The personal injury team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. is here to help you with your claim and get the compensation that you deserve. To discuss the details of your particular situation, contact us at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) today.