While keeping your children safe is a priority all throughout the year, did you know there are special tips you should keep in mind during the fall? With school starting up and the weather changing, there can be a lot of changes during this time of the year that can cause a lot of potential accidents. Four of the most important precautions are listed below to help you get a jump start this year.
Work Towards Preventing The Flu
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), children (and adults) should cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. This, along with washing hands often, can help prevent the spread of the flu. If your child does happen to get sick, make sure to keep them home until they are feeling better and do not have a fever. You can learn more information about preventing the flu from the CDC on their official website.
Watch Out for Slippery Surfaces
With the fall can come bad weather such as rain and even snow. Help prevent falls by being cautious and making sure children are wearing the proper footwear when out and about. However, what if a fall is due to a business not cleaning up their floors? According to the Law Office of Daniel E Goodman, LLC, “property owners have a duty to act reasonably in maintaining their property”. This means businesses should clean up slick surfaces and take all precautions to keep the floors safe at all times. You never know where you could slip or fall so make sure that you and your child are always cautious.
Replace Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Another great tip from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is to replace batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every fall and spring. This will give you peace of mind while helping to make sure your batteries don't run out without you realizing it. This can definitely help you and your family sleep better at night knowing that you are safe in case of an emergency.
Check on the Weather
Weather during the fall can be unpredictable, with hot and cold fronts coming in at all times. To make sure your children don't overheat or get too cold during the day, the National Weather Service recommends checking the weather in the morning. By doing so you'll know whether they need a jacket or should be wearing a light sweater.
Every parent does their best to enhance the safety of their kids as much as they can. The tips above are just a few that can help you prepare for the change in seasons with safety in mind.