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Autumn Safety

Autumn Safety

Once again it’s time to prepare for the cold winter months, getting the summer things put away, taking care of the yard, & may other things on your checklist. Don’t have a checklist for the fall? Here are some tips to help you maintain your home & yard for the winter to prevent possible claims.

  • Look up before pruning trees on your property. Note the location of power lines & where the branches/limbs will fall once you start cutting. One errant cut could cause major problem.
  • Take care of leaves & debris properly. Many cities offer curbside leaf & debris pick up for a week or two in the middle of the fall season. Others offer a drop off for leaves & debris (that will be turned into mulch compost), check your city’s website to see if either option is available to you.
  • If you live out in the country, you may have the option to burn leaves depending on your county’s/township’s/state’s laws or ordinances. Check with the proper authorities to see if it is legal to do so and about any costs involved (some may require the purchase of a permit). Use a burn barrel if possible, being sure to clear all dry grass/combustibles from around it. Start with small piles of leaves/debris and add it it slowly as it burns. Never leave it alone while burning & make sure the fire is completely out before leaving it. Keep water/rake/shovel handy in case the fire gets away from the barrel. NEVER burn on gusty/windy days.
  • Be careful when using ladders to clean your gutters or pruning trees. Wet boots/shoes can cause your feet to slip, try to dry them before climbing. Make sure the ladder is on a stable surface and the tools you are using are designed/recommended for use on a ladder.
  • Follow directions as far as storing your lawn mower for the winter months, use fuel additives as recommended & clean the deck/blades so it will be ready to use next spring.
  • With the change of Daylight Savings Time, be sure to change the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and clean out your dryer vent.Using a leaf blower & a towel to blow lint and debris out of the vent will help to prevent possible fires.

 

Here’s an article from the Farmer’s Almanac with more tips to keep you safe this autumn.

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