The fall season has its own weather-related hazards, such as raging wildfires across the West and a busy hurricane season in the Atlantic. There might even be snow in some places. The National Weather Service issued a set of four broad safety tips for being prepared for the dangers of fall weather.
With regard to wildfires, it is important for smokers to properly discard cigarettes, for people to avoid activities with open flames or sparks, and to use fire-resistant landscaping around our homes. The Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings when conditions are ripe for wildfires.
In this busy hurricane season, even people who don’t live in hurricane surge evacuation areas need to know their home’s vulnerability to damage from high winds and inland flooding. People should have a plan that includes an emergency kit and a safe place to shelter should they need to evacuate.
It is important to have a plan in case strong winds pose a threat. When preparing for an extreme wind event, secure objects that can be tossed or rolled, trim trees near homes, and have a plan in case of an extended power failure. Strong winds can even happen on a clear day.
The key advice in case you encounter flood waters is “turn around, don’t drown.” It is never safe to walk or drive into a flooded roadway. It is best to delay travel until roads are clear.
Fall can be the most beautiful season of the year, but it also has its dangers. Following advice such as that provided by the Weather Service is prudent and potentially life-saving.
Four safety tips for fall hazards: Small actions can have big impacts
Photo, posted October 30, 2014, courtesy of Virginia State Parks via Flickr.
Earth Wise is a production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio.
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