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Avoid the Dangers of the Season

Colder weather brings many of our favorite things, like changing leaves, holidays, time in the outdoors, sweater weather, and pumpkin-spiced everything! However, it’s important to keep on your toes to ensure that you and your family are kept safe from the many potential dangers this season can bring.

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Trick-Or-Treating

Your child will always remember dressing up as their favorite character for Halloween. Trick-or-treating can also be a great opportunity to help them practice safety rules. Teach them to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street and to walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible when no sidewalk is available. When you get home, be sure to check all of their candy before they eat it, throwing away anything without a wrapper.

Thanksgiving

November brings Thanksgiving dinner, with family and friends gathered around the table enjoying delicious turkey, sides, pies, and more. If you’re not careful, though, your meal could end in disaster. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4,000 fires occur in people’s homes every Thanksgiving. Always make sure your food wrappers and pot holders are kept at least three feet from stoves and other hot surfaces. If you’re frying your bird, keep it outside while cooking, away from any walls and free from moisture. Finally, make sure your fire extinguisher is nearby and hasn’t expired.

New Years Eve

It’s never too early to start planning for end-of-year festivities. Make your resolution to be safe by never attending a party or event without a plan to get safely home. A close friend can watch your glass to make sure nothing is put in it, help you be better aware of your surroundings, and drive you home IF they have absolutely no alcohol in their system. One drink means you’ll both be ridesharing home! Another libation-related risk comes from popping champagne bottles. Always aim the cork away from people so no one celebrates 2020 with only one eye.

Hiking

Kentucky’s beautiful state parks offer challenging hikes, breathtaking overlooks, and unparalleled views of nature. Taking a few preventative steps before you embark on the trail head can guarantee your dream weekend doesn’t turn into a nightmare. Always contact the park ranger’s office to ask what terrain, animals, and weather to expect along the way. Let the ranger and someone else at home know where you plan to travel and when you expect to get back. Lastly, pack the essentials like a first aid kit, whistle, raincoat, matches, and extra water and food in case the unexpected occurs.

Hunting

While hunting can be a fun and rewarding sport, safety must be the top priority whenever firearms are involved. Unfortunately, about 123,000 hunting-related accidents are reported in the U.S. each year. Always keep barrels pointed in a safe direction and wear eye and ear protection when you or anyone around you is shooting. Also, never fire before being sure of your target and triple check to make sure your gun is unloaded before transporting or cleaning it.

Motorcycle Road Trips

One of the best ways to enjoy the colors of fall is to hop on your motorcycle and explore the open road. Before heading out, check your tire pressure, oil levels, and anything that might require maintenance. Plan a set amount of miles you’ll travel each day and don’t overdo it! You’re much more likely to stay safe when you’re alert and well-rested. Finally, check the forecast every few hours, either on your phone or on a portable weather radio, to avoid an unexpected storm or cold front.

As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” By following a few simple tips, and using some common sense, you can make sure you and your loved ones avoid harm.

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