Colourful leaves bring reminder of home safety

It’s the first full day of fall! Exciting for some (my husband, Kelly). Not so exciting for others (like me.)

For hunters like Kelly, it’s the time of year when the elk start bugling and the deer enter full rut. Kelly painstakingly prepares all year for the short hunting season in fall when he gets to do what he loves most. For golfers like me, it means starting to lose my ball in the fallen leaves and having to wear multiple layers of clothing—often too many to maintain a proper swing—to stay warm for the 4-5 hours I’m out on the course. It also means I’ll soon be packing away my golf clubs for the long, cold winter that’s just around the corner.

Could hunting and golf be more different hobbies?! Let’s just say there’s an interesting dynamic in our household. Actually, it’s the best of both worlds. Kelly’s energy and excitement pick me up in the fall when I’m feeling blue about the golf season ending. And I reciprocate in spring when hunting season is over. We complement each other quite nicely.

Regardless of how you feel about fall, there are some seasonal dangers to keep in mind, especially for seniors who still live in a house or condo:

  • Make sure the home heating system is in good working order.
  • Have chimneys inspected and cleaned.
  • If using a space heater, allow at least 3 feet of empty space around the heater.
  • Never use a stove or oven to heat your residence.
  • Keep leaves off walkways and stairs to prevent slips and falls.
  • Use extra caution when cleaning gutters. Ensure the ladder is at the correct angle and on solid ground.
  • Take frequent breaks when raking leaves to prevent injury.
  • Never burn leaves near a home or in windy conditions.

Consider hiring professionals for many of these tasks. They should be insured and can likely finish the job in a fraction of the time.

However you feel about fall, it’s inevitable in Saskatchewan, and avoiding the dangers it brings can make it much more enjoyable. And really, how lucky are we that it’s one of the four distinct seasons we get to enjoy here in our beautiful province! I’m feeling better already.

Source: Lockport Township Fire District