How to Stay Safe This Fall

From dodging the flu to heater safety, learn to stay safe this fall

(RxWiki News) Different seasons bring different health and safety challenges, and fall is no exception.

See below for our five health and safety tips for this fall season.

1) Flu and Cold Season

As the temperature drops, sniffling and coughing ramp up. The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get vaccinated. Children, adults, the elderly and pregnant women are all eligible to receive the flu shot. Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat lots of fruits and veggies to keep your immune system happy. 

2) Wash Your Hands

Hand-washing is still the simplest and most effective way to prevent illnesses. Washing your hands can reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as colds by 16 to 21 percent. Rub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and rinse.

3) Heater Safety

Warm up safely this season. Be sure to have your heating system inspected by a qualified technician every year. Do not place a space heater within three feet of anything that may catch on fire. Never use extension cords to plug in your space heater. Inspect your space heater for damaged electrical cords before using it. If it is damaged or gives off sparks, do not use it. Furthermore, test your smoke alarms at least once a month.

4) Safe Driving

With weather changes and the end of daylight saving time, it is critical to practice safe driving this fall. Watch out for kids, animals and large puddles. Puddles may seem harmless, but front tires can lose control and hydroplane. This becomes more of a possibility when oil, grime and dust are involved. Be sure to check your tires for sufficient tread and proper air pressure.

5) Yard Work Safety

Be sure to wear protective gloves, glasses, supportive shoes and sturdy clothes when doing yard work. When you're raking leaves, use a “scissor” stance (right foot forward and left foot back for a few minutes, then reverse your stance). Taking this stance can help prevent back injuries and strains. Always bend with your knees — not at the waist — when picking up the piles of leaves. Make small piles of leaves to prevent back strains.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about fall health and safety.