Autumn has arrived: Watch for seasonal hazards Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 November 2017
GUIDON staff

Temperatures around Missouri have dropped and autumn is finally here. But, with the falling temperatures come rising concerns on seasonal safety issues and the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Safety Office wants to make sure the Fort Leonard Wood community is prepared.

In addition to changing the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors with the coming time change, here is a list of tips and things to watch out for in the coming months:

— Be sure to keep an extra jacket and blanket in your vehicle. As the temperature drops it’s time to get prepared for even colder weather this winter, recommends creating an emergency kit for the car containing: jumper cables, flares or reflective triangle, ice scraper, car cell phone charger and cat litter or sand for better tire traction.

— Stay alert and watch for Soldiers conducting physical training. “With the limited visibility from darkness, fog and the like, our Soldiers conducting physical training are at a greater risk because they are harder to see,” said Randy Sipes, MSCoE Safety Office safety and occupational health specialist.

— Be on the lookout for wet leaves, loose gravel and even black ice on the roadways. “Having to come to an emergency stop on wet leaves or gravel would lead to a disaster for a motorcyclist or vehicle operator,” Sipes said. According to the National Weather Service, black ice can form on roadways after a simple rain if the temperature drops below freezing.

— Watch for deer and other animals while driving. Cooler temperatures and the onset hunting seasons cause more movement. The Missouri State Highway Patrol warns that deer are pack animals and rarely travel alone. They also advise that deer are most active at dusk and dawn.

— Practice safe ladder usage. Sipes said due to people changing out holiday decorations, falls from ladders are a leading cause of injuries during this time of year. Make sure the ladder is on a flat, even surface before climbing up.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 November 2017 )