Leaves and lights, trees and turkeys–it’s a festive time of year! Valley’s Safety team offers these tips for staying safe during some common autumn/early winter activities.
- Cleaning your gutters or decorating? Let someone know what you’re up to. Wear rubber-sole shoes, gloves and proper eyewear. If you’re using a ladder, be extra careful. Inspect your ladder for defects, dents, or loose parts before using it. Make sure to have a good, stable placement and wear shoes that allow for good traction. When extending it, make sure the extension-hinge arms are fully extended and locked in place.
- Raking leaves? Warm up with light stretching. Pace yourself and take regular breaks every 15-20 minutes. Frequent breaks can give your muscles times to relax and rejuvenate. Switch it up, too! People tend to favor one hand or side of their body. Switch sides every few minutes to avoid muscle fatigue.
- No, it’s not too early to decorate for Christmas! If you’re planning to buy an artificial tree, look for the fire-resistant label. If you’re getting a live tree, make sure it’s fresh and keep it watered. When putting it up, keep it away from fireplaces, radiators, and other sources of heat such as real candles.
- Candles are very popular around the holidays, but candles also increase the risk of fire. Make sure they are placed on a sturdy surface, away from flammable materials, and remember to blow them out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
- If confronted with a small grease fire, you may be able to smother it before it gets out of control by putting the top on the pan. Do not try to extinguish a grease fire with water. If the fire is spreading, or you’re unable to contain it, immediately call 911. If you are deep frying a turkey, make sure to do it outside and use caution!
- Remember to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, install fresh batteries as recommended to ensure they are functioning properly.