Insurance and Finance

Get Smart About Seasonal Safety

By Paula Felps 10.12.15

When temperatures dip is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Fall is often filled with fun seasonal outside activities, and one way to ensure things remain festive is to make sure you’re taking all the necessary safety precautions.

Before you put on a flannel shirt and fill a thermos with hot cocoa, make sure you’ve done everything you need to do to keep you and your loved ones safe. Here’s how:

Watch out for the sun. Just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean you can ignore sun as a potential danger. Sunburn comes from ultraviolet radiation, and any exposed skin is at risk — regardless of the temperature — so keep the sunscreen close by.

Keep the campfire safe. At the end of a chilly fall day, there’s nothing like a campfire. But always clear away any dry brush, leaves, or hanging limbs near the campsite that could catch fire.

Take ATVs seriously. All-terrain vehicles are a lot of fun to drive, but they’re not toys. Helmets, long sleeves, long pants, and gloves are just a few of the things riders and drivers must put on before jumping aboard.

Choose your lights carefully. This time of year often brings increased use of candles and lanterns, but remember these can be safety hazards. Choose cool-burning, battery-operated LED lights or plug-in lanterns to reduce the risk of fire. And if you’re going the plug-in route, make sure you don’t overload power outlets.

Confidently and safely enjoy the outdoors this fall by taking these simple precautions.