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Five ways to prepare for the fall season

By Kimberly Gowdy • Contributing Columnist
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October is finally here and autumn ’ s cooler weather are a welcome respite from summer ’ s hot and humid temperatures . Now it is time to get out your hot chocolate , scarves , and your cabinet full of pumpkin spices . Fall is a beautiful season to enjoy the changing of the leaves , decorate for the upcoming seasonal holidays , and enjoy the company of our loved ones .

However , there are some safety precautions that we must take to keep safe and healthy . Here ’ s an autumn safety checklist to help you and your loved ones be prepared for the upcoming seasonal changes .
Every little step I take Autumn is notorious for slippery leaves and icy rain . With autumn weather , it ’ s important that you have a pair of shoes that protects them well . To prevent falls outside , it ’ s a good idea to invest in a solid pair of waterproof , slip-resistant outside shoes . Non-slip shoes can prevent accidental falls from water , poor lighting , or other trip hazards found around the home . You want to be sure their shoes keep out the wet and the cold , but also have a good non-slip sole to keep them from falling . It ’ s also crucial that the shoes fit comfortably , so your senior can walk easily and without foot pain .
Batteries , candles and light bulbs … Oh My !
Before autumn takes full effect , be sure to stock up on batteries , candles , and light bulbs . With autumn comes the time change ; therefore , we rely heavily on artificial lighting . You should also check and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year . Testing them twice a year is a great way to ensure they are working properly . It may also be a good idea to install smart lights that turn on automatically when they sense motion to help prevent accidents or falls in the dark . Poor lighting is a key contributor of falls , especially for older adults .
There ’ s nothing cozier during the fall than a clean house and a pumpkin spice scented candle . Never leave a candle burning if you leave the house or fall asleep . Be sure to keep burning candles away from high traffic areas and pets . Also ,
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