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Indiana Department of Homeland Security

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Fall Health & Safety Fact Sheet
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Yard Work

  • 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.

Leaf Burning

  • 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.

Decorating

  • 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.

Pumpkin Carving

  • 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.