5 Tips for Fall Family Safety

It seems like just yesterday that we were welcoming the start of summer. And now it is officially fall. The kids are back in school, and before we know it the weather will be changing. It is time to plan for fall weather, fall home projects, and the holidays.

5 tips for fall family safety

It seems like just yesterday that we were welcoming the start of summer. And now it is officially fall. The kids are back in school, and before we know it the weather will be changing. It is time to plan for fall weather, fall home projects, and the holidays.

With the start of fall comes getting back into routines. With daily schedules in full swing, Master Lock is reminding us not to forget about safety with helpful advice and reliable products.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when thinking about fall safety.

  1. Lock up Outdoor Living Items: In the summer we may spend a lot of time outside. We have patio furniture, toysMLCOM_PRODUCT_38979_M175XDLF, pool accessories, flower pots, landscaping lights, and more. With fall the weather changes, we spend less time outside and the weather can be unpredictable. Just over the past week or so we have had some crazy storms here in the Chicago area. The extra wind and the rain that can come with fall weather is not good for outdoor furniture. It took me a couple of sets of patio furniture to realize this. Remember to cover or store your patio furniture and cushions if you live in a climate that gets rough winter weather. Also consider putting away landscaping lights. The snow can ruin them.

    If you have a shed, a lock like the Master Lock Magnum M175XDLF Padlock is a great choice to secure it. The Tough-Cut shackle is 50% tougher than hardened steel, making it a great choice for securing your shed, fence, gate, tool chest, garages and more.

  1. Use a Timer & Lights When Away for Extended Periods: Just like during the summer, if you are planning a vacation over long fall weekends or holidays, remember to secure your home. Use timers to turn lights off and on at random times, and make sure that security cameras are working. Turn on outdoor lights so that doorways are well illuminated. And if you are like my family and always enter and exit through the garage you might want to secure any patio, sliding glass doors, or front doors with a Master Lock Door Security Bar.
  1. Clean Out Your Garage: During the summer things like coolers, pool toys, beach chairs and other items that you use often may take up space in the garage. Fall is the time to move these things to more permanent storage like the shed or basement storage area. This makes it easier and safer for your family to get in and out of your car.
  1. Secure Sensitive Documents: With the start of school comes forms, forms, and more forms. Sometimes school asks for copies of birth certificates, social security cards, insurance documents, and more. While you are busy making all of those copies this is a great time to ensure that all of your sensitive family documents are in a safe place. And make sure that all members of the family know how to access these documents in case of emergency.
  1. Talk with Your Children about Personal Safety: Your children may be walking back and forth to school alone or with friends. Have a talk with them to remind them to be aware of their surroundings, to be weary of strangers, and to come straight home if that is your rule.

 

These are just some of the thoughts that come to mind when thinking about family safety in the fall. What are some of the things that you do to keep your family safe?

 

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Master Lock and part of my involvement in the Live Secure Safety Squad. All opinions are my own.

Kris McDonald is Chicago mom to 2 sets of twins, photography nut, gadget addict, travel addict, and tech blogger who has worked in IT for over 16 years. Kris figured out a while ago that she was destined to be really busy (hence the 2 sets of twins), and she has found peace with that. Read More