It's football season, the leaves are changing shades, and the air is turning to a brisk cool. Fall is beautiful time of year. Remember these safety tips while enjoying the season.
Leaf Hazards for Motorists
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “Leaves, while pretty, can pose hazards for motorists. Fallen leaves can gather on roadways and when they become wet, they can create very slick conditions. Add freezing temperatures to the mix and your vehicle will have zero tracking, similar to driving on an icy road.” Lowering trees or fallen leaves can block road signs and important exits, as noted, so be aware and keep a keen eye on what may be hidden up ahead. For safety purposes, leave appropriate room in front of your car and drive slower to prevent accidents.
Get Your Flu Shot
The flu is a viral infection. This means, normal antibiotics can do nothing to fight against this sickness. Get prepared and receive your flu shot this season to protect yourself from germs floating in the air. Also wash your hands and cover those sneezes and coughs.
Keep Watch for Wildlife
The ASPCA reminds us that autumn is prime time for when snakes are in preparation for hibernation. This increases your pets’ risk of receiving unlikely bites. If you parent a pet, keep watch for venomous snakes who may be lurking, and make sure Buddy stays safe!
September and October mark months of hurricane season, and we are all too familiar with these storms’ dramatic impact. As the season is in session, it brings rainy weather throughout all of America. Do not ever drive through floodwaters, for you cannot see what lies beneath and only 6 inches of moving water can make you fall. Always, take extra precautions when driving in rainy weather. According to researchers, 24% of vehicle accidents occur when driving in poor weather conditions such as rain.
Preparation for Winter
With the coldest months around the corner, prepare your home for winter. This includes checking up on your furnace and fireplace. Furnaces should be serviced, such as cleaning the filters, to ensure proper safety. Fireplaces should also be inspected and your chimney should be cleaned of all debris that could waft into the air when you light your fire. Of course, always leave your fireplace attended while in use.
Happy Fall from all of us at TVC Insurance!