Fall Environmental Safety Hazards

Fall Environmental Safety HazardsThe Fall season is upon us, bringing not only cool crisp air and holiday celebrations but also seasonal safety hazards.   Be aware of potential risks and stay situationally aware at work, home, and commuting. If you are mindful, you can avoid these fall environmental safety hazards.

Daylight Savings Time Ends

As days get shorter, more people will be active after dark when visibility is limited, creating a greater risk for vehicle and pedestrian accidents and presenting more crime opportunities. When you drive, be cautious, and pay extra attention to other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, etc. Stay alert and do not drive when fatigued. If walking, running, or biking outdoors in the early morning or evening, be sure to dress appropriately and have reflectors and lights to ensure that you are visible to vehicles.  While leaving home, the office, or any other location after dark, stay in well-lit areas, and be aware of your surroundings when you enter/exit.

Weather Changes

Seasonal weather changes produce additional environmental safety hazards.  Leaves on the ground can create a slipping risk, especially wet leaves.  Be sure to clear walkways and entrances to buildings.  Fog may be present while driving, therefore, drive slowly and use your low beam headlights.

As the weather gets colder, ensure heating sources are operating correctly and do not present safety or fire hazards.  Ice and snow pose safety hazards for both drivers and pedestrians; use caution and slow down.  Lower temperatures can lead to frostbite or hypothermia for individuals spending extended periods outdoors without appropriate warm clothing.  Be sure to wear layers and be adequately prepared for outdoor activities.

Storm/Hurricane Season

Hurricane season continues through the end of November. Coastal residents should prepare in advance for damaging and potentially deadly tropical storm systems that can produce tornados and flash floods. Have a hurricane supplies checklist ready and stocked.  Also, plan an evacuation route. Contact the local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter and ask for the community hurricane preparedness plan.  Make arrangements for pets as well as family members in the event of an evacuation.

Flu Season Arrives

Flu season begins in October and is compounded this year by the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic. Minimize the risk to your own health and that of others.   First, get a seasonal flu shot. Additionally, practice good hygiene and regularly sanitize frequently touched surfaces.  Finally, maintain social distancing practices.  You should limit your contact with others, stay at least six feet away from individuals who exhibit symptoms, and stay home if you are sick.

Stay safe this fall season everyone!  Be sure to visit our Sunstates resources page for more helpful tips!