The Weather is Changing, And So Is the Time: Safety Tips for October

October is the time to roll the clocks ahead, which means it will get darker even sooner. And as winter starts to set in most of us will be spending more time indoors. Now is a good time to review this checklist for safety, comfort, and savings.

Around your home…

  • Make sure your fireplace and chimney have been cleaned
  • Install motion detection lights on the outside of your home – it will save energy and add a touch of safety
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are functioning properly and have good batteries
  • Make sure all furnace ducts and hot water pipes are sealed and insulated
  • Consider using a programmable thermostat for energy conservation
  • If you regularly arrive home after dark, use a timer on interior lighting for safety so lights are on when you arrive home

Your car…

  • Check fluid levels
  • Get an engine tune up
  • Check your tire tread and review winter driving tips
  • Be aware of children playing around streets after dark
  • Check your battery; starting power is more crucial when it is colder
  • Keep a blanket, flashlight, and shovel in the trunk

For Halloween…


  • Choose safe costumes for your child. Make sure their vision is not obstructed in any way, that the costume allows for comfortable movement and breathing, and is flame resistant.
  • Make sure adults accompany smaller children when trick-or-treating
  • Send kids out with flashights, and if appropriate, a cell phone
  • Make sure children cross streets at well light intersections and obey traffic signals
  • Be sure to check your kid’s candy before they eat any


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