Today marks the official end to the summer. As we say goodbye to the warm months of the summer season and welcome to the cooler fall weather, it’s important to keep a few safety tips in mind.
At Skanska, we have an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) team that uses a series of standard policies and procedures to help keep people safe. The same thinking used on our project sites can apply to keeping safe in almost any aspect of life.
Below are some safety tips and reminders to ensure your family can enjoy the crisp autumn weather, while avoiding some of the dangers that come with the season.
Fall Safety Tips:
Get your flu shot – Autumn is the start of flu season, and its recommended that everyone six months and older gets vaccinated.
Fire safety – When the weather turns cold, most people spend more time inside their homes using fireplaces, furnaces and heaters to keep warm. Before the cold weather sets in, be sure to call your heating and cooling company to service your furnace. A specialist should inspect the furnace to make sure everything is in working order.
Be aware of poor visibility while driving – Falling leaves can obscure vision on roadways, as can rain and fog. Be aware of limitations in your visibility, and slow down if you can’t see well.
Watch for children playing close to the street – Children love to play in piles of leaves, so use extra caution when leaves are piled at curbsides. In addition, school buses will be making their rounds now that school is back in session so drive with care in your local neighborhoods.
Slow down on wet pavement – In many areas of the country, rain is common during the fall. If it’s raining, keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. Wet roads make it more difficult to stop.
Be prepared for bright sunlight – When sunrise occurs later in the morning, it can also present challenges for drivers. Having a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle to wear when the sun is bright is a good strategy.
Watch out for ice – As the temperatures drop further at night, you may need to spend some extra time in the morning scraping frost off your vehicle. Shady spots on the roadway may be home to black ice, which a driver may not be aware of until his or her car starts to skid on it.