Staying Safe and Healthy This Fall

Get ready for AutumnTips that can keep you and your family feeling their best this autumn

The air is getting more crisp, the leaves are changing, the kids are back in school…autumn is nearly upon us, and it is time to review fall safety and health tips that can keep you and your family feeling great this season.
Prevent the Flu
Autumn is the start of flu season, and the best way to protect yourself and your family is to get vaccinated. When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and frequently wash your hands to avoid getting sick. Also, stay home if you do feel sick.
Have a Safe Halloween
Halloween is a fun holiday, but certain safety precautions should always be followed. Do not let your children go trick-or-treating alone. Attach reflective tape to their costumes so motorists can better see them. Go through all treats to look for tampering and choking hazards before they are eaten and equip your kids with flashlights when they are out. Lastly, make sure their costumes, masks and shoes fit well to avoid falls.

Change Your Clocks and Batteries
Check and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the same time you change your clocks.
Know Your Health History

Thanksgiving Day is about gratitude, but the holiday is also National Family History Day. While at your family gathering, take time to discuss and record your family’s health history. Talk about conditions that may run in the family to ensure a healthier, longer future together.

Get Ready for the Cold
Being exposed to cold temperatures can lead to significant health concerns, especially for the elderly and infants. Make a plan to prevent health issues and know what to do should you face a cold-weather emergency. Stock your car trunk with extra layers of clothing and blankets in case of a roadside emergency.
Be Cautious with Candles
Candles are often used during Halloween and other celebrations, but they also start nearly 10,000 home fires each year. Keep your candles away from children and pets, and extinguish them before you leave the room.
Rake Leaves Safely
While cleaning up the leaves that shed from trees during autumn, stand upright and pull from your legs and arms to prevent pulling a muscle or undergoing back injuries. Avoid overfilling your leaf bags and bend at the knees when you lift them. If you rely on a leaf blower, wear work boots and protective eye gear to reduce your chances of injury.