Fall Health and Safety
- Prevent back injuries when raking leaves by standing upright and pulling from your arms and legs while raking.
- Avoid overfilling leaf bags, and bend at the knee using your legs for support when lifting them.
- When using a leaf blower, wear appropriate clothing, eye protection and work boots to shield yourself and prevent injury.
- Never allow children to play in leaf piles near the street. Piles of leaves and other vegetative debris can obstruct a motorist’s view.
- When cleaning gutters from a ladder, always use a sturdy ladder with a small shelf strong enough to hold a five-gallon bucket, and let someone know where you will be working.
- Know and follow any local ordinances or restrictions on open burning.
- Check the weather forecast. Weather fluctuations, such as sudden gusts of wind, could cause burning debris to spark a wildfire.
- Start the fire with dry twigs and small sticks. Never use flammable liquids to ignite or keep the fire burning.
- Keep the fire in a contained unit such as a burn barrel.
- Have a fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies and teach children how to use it.
- Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, candles and heaters.
- Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin if it is displayed near dry foliage or other flammable decorations.
- Candlelit pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
- Indoor jack-o-lanterns should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains, decorations and other furnishings that could be ignited.
- Never leave a candlelit pumpkin or jack-o-lantern anywhere unattended.
- Small children should never carve pumpkins.
- Children can draw a face with markers. Then, have an adult do the carving.
- Older children should be allowed to use knives only with adult supervision.