This last couple of weeks, often set against picture-perfect blue skies, the autumn days look beautiful as leaves turn to stunning shades of reds and oranges, though autumn brings with it cold nights and lengthier spells of darkness. Weather conditions worsen, and combined with a lack of light and frosty starts, it’s no surprise that there can be an increase in accidents.
Hundred Acre’s Founder and Director, Bridget Gilmour, explains: “I’ve worked with clients who’ve had an increase in accidents during the week after the clocks change. Because of the limited light at both ends of the day, it’s not uncommon for staff to fall over outside or for accidents to happen. As the clocks go back, it’s an ideal time to spend a little extra time doing a few other checks too. A few simple measures really can prevent accidents from happening and potentially be life-saving.”
Of course, accidents don’t just happen at work. Our homes are generally the most precious places we spend time in, so it’s incredibly important to ensure that they continue to be our safe place.
“It’s that time of year and we all have clocks to change in our homes,” says Bridget, “So once you’ve turned them back an hour, spend an extra few minutes checking a few other bits too. Are your outdoor lights work properly, and while outside, are paths clear or does anything need any extra attention. It’s also a great time to check alarms and batteries in intruder alarms, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace them if necessary.”
Unfortunately British winter time is a notoriously dangerous time for drivers and according to the Department for Transport, there is a sharp increase in the number of road traffic accidents immediately after the clocks go back. There are things we can do to try to prevent being involved in an accident, though. While checks should be made frequently this weekend add some simple vehicle checks to the list with the clock change. Make sure everything’s in good working order; check the tyre tread and pressure, that all the lights are working and clean, that the washer bottle is topped up and that windscreen wipers are in a good condition.
It’s not just motorists who need to be careful on the roads, but motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians too. With fewer streetlights around, leaves falling on roads and paths, and icy patches forming, it’s all too easy for vehicles to skid and lose control, or for pedestrians to slip and hurt themselves. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) advises motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians to wear bright-coloured or fluorescent clothing after dark as they, and we, believe that if you are seen, you are more likely to be safe.
If you make any other checks at this time of year, let us know. We’d love to hear what you do to keep your family, friends and colleagues safe.
With Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night and Christmas on the horizon, autumn can feel like a very special time of year, and it’s a season we should all be able to cherish without accidents or incidents. If you’d like any further information about staying safe in autumn or would like to discuss your health and safety requirements with Hundred Acre, we would love to hear from you. Please call +44 (0)1933 201103 or contact Hundred Acre here.