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Sep 22, 2020

Fall Safety Kit

For many of us, fall is a cherished time of year. Crisp mornings at the
apple orchard or pumpkin patch, Halloween prep, and football Sundays dedicated to sports and plenty of hearty food. But with the change in season comes a new set of safety precautions that should be considered. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite autumn-inspired safety articles to help you navigate the fall season at every turn.

School Bus Safety

With the arrival of fall comes the return of school buses flooding the streets in the morning and late afternoon hours. Whether you’re sending a child to school or simply sharing the road with the buses, it’s important to be up to date with all safety procedures and protocol to avoid injury to children boarding and exiting buses. To learn more about school bus safety, click here.


Keeping Germs at Bay

As your kids go back to school, the likelihood of new germs entering your home goes up. Keep your family safe and healthy this fall by making a conscious effort to mitigate germs. Click here for 10 tips for staying germ-free! Using reusable shopping bags at the store? You may also want to check out this article on how to keep your reusable bags clean and germ-free. 

Driving in the Rain

A rainy day can put a damper on a lot of things – including ideal driving conditions. Whether it’s a light sprinkle or a total downpour, rain can lead to reduced visibility and slippery roads. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports that 70 percent of weather-related crashes are caused by wet pavement. Depending on where you live, you may notice an increase in rain during the autumn season. Make sure you’re prepared by reading our eight safety tips here.

Driving Drowsy

As we begin to lose daylight hours, it’s common to find yourself driving in the dark more often. Driving in the evening hours, you may find yourself yawning a little and perhaps even starting to doze off behind the wheel. According to the National Safety Council, you are three times more likely to be in a car crash if you are fatigued; and being awake for more than 20 hours is the equivalent of being legally drunk. Unfortunately, driving drowsy is more common than you’d think, with 37 percent of Americans having admitted to falling asleep at the wheel according to the National Sleep Foundation. To learn more about avoiding the dangers of drivers fatigue, click here.

Heating Your Home

It probably comes as no surprise to learn that heating your home in the fall and winter increases your likelihood of having a home fire. Check out our tips on home heating safety and best practices to keep your living space cozy and accident-free this fall. Have a chimney? Check out this article to learn more about when it's time to have it cleaned.


Avoiding Deer

As autumn closes in, deer-related collisions are more likely to occur. Typically, October through January is mating season for deer in New York, which means deer are more likely to be active and make inconvenient strolls across the road during this time. Knowing the facts about deer activity in the fall can help you stay safe on the road and avoid accidents. To read the best ways to avoid hitting deer, click here.

Halloween Safety

Halloween is a fun holiday no matter your age! But between sharp carving knives, trick-or-treaters walking near the road after hours and an elevated risk of vandalism, there is a lot to consider when it comes to keeping you, your family and your belongings safe. To read more about pumpkin carving safety, click here. To read more about Halloween road safety, click here. And to read more about preventing vandalism on All Hallow’s Eve, click here.

Thanksgiving Safety

For many, the promise of food and quality time spent with family makes Thanksgiving a much-anticipated holiday. But if you’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner, you also know that it means sizzling pans, a hot oven and a chance of food poisoning if you don’t cook your bird correctly. If you’re hosting Turkey day in your home this year, use these tips to stay safe in the kitchen and make the most of your holiday together.


Safety hazards aside, fall is a great time to get out and about - especially if you live in New York where the foliage is breathtaking, and the apple and pumpkin picking options are endless. Check out some of our favorite family-friendly fall excursions by clicking the button below.