Prevent Accidents and Costly Repairs this Fall
The return to school and routines can only mean one thing — stress! But, you don’t need to fall prey to the dreaded fall grind. Embrace the beauty of the season and get a fresh start. Take some time now to organize your home and get your vehicle ready for colder weather. Prevent accidents and costly repairs with these simple tips.
Tips for your Home
- You may be spending a lot of time on long drives admiring majestic fall foliage and enjoying the fresh, crisp air, but don’t neglect the outside of your home. Follow these simple tips to create a safe zone outside your home.
- Keep your driveway and walkway clear of leaves; wet leaves can be hazardous for pedestrians.
- Regularly clean gutters and eavestroughs and keep drainage areas free of debris.
- Hire a licenced professional to inspect your roof, fix any damaged shingles and check caulking and flashing.
- Turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs and make sure all water is drained from pipes to prevent exterior water pipes from freezing and bursting.
- The kids are doing homework while you’re baking pumpkin pies. Before everyone gets comfortable indoors, take some time to ensure it’s as safe as it can be.
Change your smoke detector batteries regularly and inspect carbon monoxide detectors, replacing batteries if applicable.
- Never leave a burning fire in a fireplace, or lit candles unattended; set an alarm to remind you to extinguish them.
- Don’t leave cooking unattended, especially when cooking with oil.
- Use caution when using space heaters and keep furniture at least three feet away.
- Have your chimney cleaned as smoke residue can cause a fire.
- Have sump pumps inspected and replace if necessary (their average life span is 10 years).
- Schedule fireplace and furnace maintenance.
- Check the attic to make sure insulation is properly installed and to prevent moisture from escaping.
- Check windows and doors for leaks and drafts. Caulk cracks or install proper weather stripping.
- Make sure family members know your fire escape plan.
Tips for Your Vehicle
Prepare your vehicle
- Schedule your winter car checkup and keep an emergency kit in your vehicle including a shovel and a bag of sand for traction.
- Clear your headlights and any frost from your windows so you can see and be seen.
- Replace worn tires and check your tire pressure. Use snow tires in winter (mandatory in some provinces) as they reduce stopping distance.
- Replace worn windshield wipers.
On the road
- Watch your speed! Children are back to school so take extra precautions.
- Slow down on wet roads and watch for leaves as this can make for a slippery drive.
- Keep distance and space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will give you more time to react.
- Stick with low beams in foggy weather as high beams create glare.
- Approach traffic lights and railway crossings carefully as the glare from the sun can make it harder to see.
- Don’t drive impaired and don’t drive distracted (no texting or using hand-held cell phones).
Allstate wants you and your family to enjoy a carefree fall season and stay safe at home and on the road.