HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The fall weather brings unpredictable conditions to the New England area. Cold and foggy mornings give way to bright and sunny afternoons, only to turn into stormy evenings.
The Hanscom Safety Office is offering tips to keep Airmen and their families safe as the community faces season-specific hazards.
“Shorter days mean earlier sunsets and children out and about during hours of darkness, so keep an eye out for children playing or walking home during commutes,” said Tech. Sgt. Christopher Gransbury, acting superintendent of Occupational Safety here.
Officials also recommend keeping a flashlight in vehicles in the event streetlights are not turned on by sundown.
The dark and damp evenings can result in overnight frost and patches of black ice, said Gransbury. When wet, the layer of leaves across the road can create slippery situations for drivers.
“It may not be as noticeable or expected this time of year, but there can be slick surfaces in the early mornings,” he said. “We especially want to emphasize that for our motorcyclists who are lighter on the road with only two wheels.”
Gransbury also cautions drivers about sun glare this time of year. He recommends staying alert to the direction of traffic and leaving more room between vehicles on the road.
“Keep your windshield clean on both sides, and keep a pair of polarized sunglasses handy,” he said.
Fall safety reminders are also welcomed in the workplace, said Gransbury. As the temperatures drop, space heaters are commonplace in offices.
The Safety Office reminds the community that heaters may not be plugged into surge protectors, including furniture or cubicle outlets, must not be within three feet of anything combustible, and must be unplugged while unattended.
“We want everyone to take the time to be safe and enjoy the fall season,” he said.
For more information and seasonal safety tips, contact the Hanscom Safety Office at (781) 225-5583.