Fall Clean-up Tips
The leaves are turning color. That's good sign that it's time for some end-of-season clean-up in the yard. When checking off things to do before winter, consider the following:
- Are garden tools clean, and stored out-of-reach until next year?
- Are outdoor toys and furniture in good condition and stored out of the elements if inclement weather is part of winter in your area?
- Have you made a list of summer items you need and shopped sales now?
- Are storm windows installed?
- Are automotive fluids and pesticides stored safely in their original containers in a location where children cannot reach them?
- Have you checked and cleaned or changed your furnace filters? Filters should be checked at least once a month and changed when you can no longer see through them unless otherwise directed by the manufacturer.
- Have you checked and cleaned the clothes dryer exhaust and cleaned the lint screen inside the dryer? Over 80-percent of single-family homes have clothes dryers, but few people consider them a possible fire hazard. Still, they use intense heat to dry clothes, flammable items.
- Are trees trimmed safely back from the home to prevent damage during storms?
- Have you caulked all windows, doors and other openings in the walls? This can help keep home heating costs down and everyone more comfortable.
- When working in the lawn, filling bags with leaves or just doing general maintenance, are you remembering to lift correctly? (Get close, bend from your knees, hinge at the hips and use your leg and your abdominals. Lift.)
Taking some time now to hammer out those final maintenance items will allow for some snug, stress-free evenings indoors this winter. The Home Safety Council and Health Canada were resources for this article and offer other tips for keeping you safe when working in the yard this fall.