5 Autumn Safety Tips

5 Autumn Safety Tips

Autumn often requires us to make changes in our lifestyle or routine due to weather, school health and upcoming holidays. Here are 5 tips to help you stay healthy and safe.

Tip 1: Be prepared for cold weather

Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected. Know how to prevent health problems and what to do if a cold-weather emergency arises. Remember that using heaters and fireplaces can increase the risk of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Tip 2: Throw out old food and medicines

Get a handle on your kitchen during an autumn clean, by clearing out all of your cupboards and cleaning them, and then check your fridge and pantry by binning any items that are old or inedible. Also sort through your medicine cupboard for any creams and tablets that are out of date, along with any old cleaning products. Check your cleaning products and get rid of anything you don’t use. Check your first aid kit in your home and car. Replace any missing or out of date items.

Tip 3: Take steps to prevent the flu

For those in high risk age groups, it is recommended to get the flu vaccine. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands often and keep some hand sanitiser at your desk. Please, stay home if you get sick!

Tip 4: Test and replace batteries

Check or replace carbon monoxide batteries twice a year: Replace smoke alarm alkaline batteries at least once a year. Test alarms every month to ensure they work properly. Replace alarms every 10 years.

Tip 5: Easter treats

It’s time for easter activities and this usually includes massive amounts of fun and chocolate. Easter egg hunts are a great kids activity. Make sure your chocolate goodies are kept out of reach of the family dog. A small chocolate indulgence that would be an enjoyable treat for a human can kill a dog, and the toxic dose is surprisingly small.

 

Information sourced from: cdc.govkidspot.com.aucarltonvet.com.ausafety.lovetoknow.com

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