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Autumn Health and Safety Tips

Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to get ready for adverse weather conditions, the holidays and cold and flu season.  Here are a few things that you can do to protect you and your family.

Car Safety/Prepare Your Car

Winter weather is just around the corner and now is the time to winterize your vehicle and to create a vehicle safety kit if you do not already have one.  According to the CDC, you should have maintenance service on your vehicle as often as the manufacturer recommends. In addition, every fall, do the following:

  • Have the radiator system serviced or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester. Add antifreeze as needed.
  • Replace windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
  • Replace any worn tires, make sure the tires have adequate tread, and check the air pressure in the tires.
  • Additional tips can be found on CDC's website.

You should also keep a vehicle emergency kit in your car, which is collection of basic items you may need in the event of any emergency.  It should contain:

  • Water (One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food/Snack Food (At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Cell phone with chargers and backup battery
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Blanket
  • Jumper Cables
  • Ice Scraper
  • And More...

Since you don’t know where you will be when an emergency occurs, it's a good idea to prepare kits for home and work as well. More information about building an emergency kit can be found at

Cold and Flu Season

Autumn is also cold and flu season.  Be sure to get your flu shot, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face and cough/sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm.  Lastly, stay home if you’re sick.  Find more information on our flu page

Prepare Your Home

Fall is a good time to make sure that your home is winter-safe.  Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector. Batteries should be tested every month and replaced twice a year. A good time to do this is when Daylight Savings Time starts and again when it ends.  To learn more about carbon monoxide safety tips, visit CDC's website. Lastly, water lines that run along exterior walls of your home should be insulated so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.

Holiday Food Safety

Holidays are a wonderful time to spend with loved ones, but make sure that you are not spreading a foodborne illnesses (food poisoning) to others due to improperly prepared foods and improper hand washing. Be sure to click on the Thanksgiving Day graphic for a printable flyer with more information and to visit Eat Right's website for other safety tips.