Safety Tips for the Fall Season

Fall in El Paso marks the return of Miners football, the end of scorching summer heat, and the coming holiday season. While there is a lot to celebrate this time of year, changing weather and seasonal chores can present opportunities for dangerous accidents. Failing to take precautions could spoil the fall fun you and your family have planned.

The legal team at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC, wants to ensure you and your loved ones have a happy and safe fall. Below, you will find tips on avoiding hazards on the road and around the house this season.

Driving Safety

Remember these safety tips while driving around El Paso:

  • Watch out for kids – Summer is over, and school is back in session, so you are more likely to see children walking to and from school during your commute. Slow down and be careful in residential areas, near crosswalks, and around schools. Never pass a stopped school bus.
  • Remember that it gets dark earlier – The sun sets earlier in the fall, which means you may find yourself commuting in the dark more often. Always use your headlights when driving in the dark, and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists in residential neighborhoods.
  • Be careful in inclement weather – Snow is rare in West Texas, but ice can be a problem, especially on bridges. Rain is a much more common driving hazard in the fall. Slow down if the roads are icy or wet. Give yourself plenty of space to maneuver around other drivers.

Home Safety

Here are a few tips for maintaining your home and protecting your family in the fall:

  • Take precautions before trimming trees – Before cutting your trees, look for power lines, dead branches, and other hazards that could cause an accident.
  • Be careful on ladders – Always place ladders on secure, stable surfaces. Never stand on the ladder’s top rung. As an extra precaution, ask someone to hold the ladder in place until you come down.
  • Get your vaccines – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is clear on this issue: Flu shots are safe and your best bet for staying healthy this flu season. While a flu shot may not eliminate your chances of getting sick, it does decrease the probability and can make flu symptoms milder.

Fire Safety

Following these safety tips can help you prevent fires this fall:

  • Pick up dead leaves around your home – Dead leaves are excellent fuel for fires. Rake them up, bag them, and dispose of them to mitigate fire hazards around your home. Do not burn leaves, as doing so can release toxic chemicals.
  • Service your furnace – A faulty furnace can cause a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Servicing your furnace can offer you peace of mind that it is safe and in good working order.
  • Be careful with fireplaces and space heaters – Use a screen when lighting a fire in a fireplace, and never leave a fire unattended. Do not leave space heaters running for too long or get too close to them because they can cause fires and severe burns.
  • Change your smoke alarm batteries – Fall is an excellent time to change your smoke alarm batteries to ensure that you are promptly warned of smoke or fire in your home.

For All Personal Injury Cases, Call the Law Offices of Michael Gopin Today

No matter how careful you are, accidents still happen. If you’ve been hurt and someone else is to blame, contact the El Paso injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC for a free consultation.