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2017 Fall Safety Tips – Hiking, Driving, and Working

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The days begin to get shorter, but we are running out of time to get outside. Luckily, we have so many different activities to do. We can watch the leaves fall, Oktoberfest, go pumpkin or apple picking, hike in the woods, and visit family for Thanksgiving. Autumn gives us all of the best of the year, but when you are out, remember these fall safety skills.

Get a Flu Shot

Each year, we have a flu epidemic. However, you have a simple task to remain as healthy as possible: get your flu shot.

The CDC recommends everyone older than 6 months get an annual flu vaccine. October is the ideal time to get vaccinated. About 5% to 20% of people in the U.S. get the flu each year. An average of 200,000 people is hospitalized for it annually. Don’t be one of those people.

Hiking Related Injuries

The fall colors bring out many people who do not hike very often. Many people experience slips and falls. When you hike, remember these few tips:

  • Be prepared for changes in temperature
  • Remember the days are shorter
  • Bring lots of water
  • Wear bright colors if you live in an area where hunting is allowed
  • Have a map
  • If you set up a fire for camping, make sure you are in a safe location

If you are injured while hiking, contact the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd for a free consultation at 847-357-0403.

Fall Safety Driving Tips

Each year, we provide you with fall safety driving tips due to the increase of car accidents in the fall. Some of the reasons include kids going back to school, more darkness, and animal accidents.

As teenagers head back to school, they bring their cars. Although many are great drivers, due to their inexperience, they do lead to more traffic accidents. Unfortunately, distracted driving has become one of the top causes. Additionally, parents drive their children to school – sometimes in a rush. Buses also take a place on the road – remember to stop behind a bus and watch for children crossing the street. We recommend a safe driving program for all!

With daylight saving time ending, fall leads to more darkness – and more car accidents. Additionally, the roads become a little more damp due to the cooling temperatures. This can cause hydroplaning – and can cause larger vehicles to have a harder time stopping. Specifically, leave more space behind a truck you are following as their brakes may not be as exacting. Lastly, make sure your tires have sufficient treads to keep you moving smoothly!

Lastly, you are 3.5 times more  to hit an animal in November. About 1 of every 100 drivers will hit a deer during your time behind the wheel.

Fall Safety Tips While Working

As you work this fall, keep in mind how to deal with electrical tools. Nearly each year 400 electrocutions occur in the United States. Safely store your power tools and check them for unusual wear and tears. Additionally, do not leave battery chargers plugged in that you won’t be using again until the spring.

As you rake leaves or clean up your workspace, keep it away from outdoor lighting, outlets, and power cords.

Overall, while you are working outdoors, workers encounter hazards such as slips and falls. The conditions can also change fast.

If you are injured on a worksite this autumn, please contact the experienced lawyers at the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. for a free consultation.

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Ronald F. Wittmeyer, Jr. practices plaintiffs' personal injury law at his office in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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