Writing this, we are in the midst of big changes. Our country is on the brink of enormous changes with Brexit on the horizon and people across the globe are protesting about changes we need to make to protect our environment. We never know quite what the future holds, but one change we can always plan for is the change of seasons. This weekend the clocks go back, shortening our days. The leaves on the trees turn to their beautiful autumnal shades before falling, signalling the beginning of winter.
At this time of year, weather conditions start to worsen, and combined with a lack of light and frosty starts, it’s no surprise that there can be an increase in accidents.
At Hundred Acre we’ve worked with clients who’ve had an increase in accidents during the week after the clocks change. Because of the limited light at both ends of the day, it’s not uncommon for staff to fall over outside or for accidents to happen. As the clocks go back, it’s an ideal time to spend a little extra time doing a few other checks too. A few simple measures really can prevent accidents from happening and potentially be life-saving.
Of course, accidents don’t just happen at work. Our homes are generally the most precious places we spend time in, so it’s incredibly important to ensure that they continue to be our safe place. As we change our clocks, its also timely to carry out a few other checks around the home, office and car, such as:
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
This is a great time to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, and while you’re there, check the types of batteries they take and make sure you have replacements on hand. If you need to replace the batteries, it’s worth considering they may not be completely dead, so have a look to see if they can be used in other devices before you recycle them.
Exterior lights and pathways
We all have clocks to change in our homes, so once you’ve turned them back an hour, spend an extra few minutes checking your outdoor lights work properly, and while outside, check the paths and other areas to see if they need any extra attention.
First Aid Kits
At home, at work and in your car, you should always have a first aid kit on hand. It’s easy to forget how many plasters you’ve used or bandages you’ve given to family members, friends and colleagues, so taking time to do a quick audit of what you need to replace now will help you out in the long run.
While it is recommend you check your tyres before every journey, we know many people don’t. However long it’s been since you last checked the pressure and tread of your tyres, add it to your check list for this Sunday. You don’t want your tyres to let you down when you most need them.
Preparing for the unexpected
Keeping a coat or blanket in your boot will keep you warm should you break down or end up in a lengthy traffic jam, and a torch can come in very handy during winter months so make sure you check the batteries are working and replace them if necessary. It’s not just motorists who need to be careful on the roads, but motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians too. With fewer streetlights around, leaves falling on roads and paths, and icy patches forming, it’s all too easy for vehicles to skid and lose control, or for pedestrians to slip and hurt themselves. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) advises motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians to wear bright-coloured or fluorescent clothing after dark as they, and we, believe that if you are seen, you are more likely to be safe.
If you make any other checks at this time of year, let us know. We’d love to hear what you do to keep everyone safe and healthy.
With Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night and Christmas on the horizon, autumn can feel like a very special time of year, and it’s a season we should all be able to cherish without accidents or incidents. If you’d like any further information about staying safe in autumn or would like to discuss your health and safety requirements with Hundred Acre, we would love to hear from you. Please call +44 (0)1933 201103 or contact Hundred Acre here.
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