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Gearing up for Fall: tips for seniors heading into autumn

It seems like we blinked and summer was gone. As Fall approaches, we spend more and more time outside to remember the feeling of warmth before it’s back to the frigid temperatures of Winter. Here are some tips for gearing up for Fall’s nostalgic environment. Here are some helpful projects to consider completing over the autumn season:

Clean the gutters

Be sure to regularly clean out gutters and downspouts as leaves begin to fall. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams! Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.


Check home safety equipment


Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work, ensure fire extinguishers are functional, and first aid kits are well-stocked in the event of an emergency.


Wrap indoor pipes


To prevent frozen pipes which can cause water damage, be sure to wrap indoor pipes with thermostatically controlled heat tape.


Ready the fireplace or furnace


Get your wood stove and fireplace in working order. Clean out any leftover ash or wood debris from the previous season. You may want to have a professional chimney sweep come and perform an inspection, depending on how often you use the fireplace. Check your furnace filter and make sure it doesn’t need to be replaced.


Check Ceiling Fans and Air Conditioners


Reverse your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling. Remove air conditioning units from windows or wrap the outside box with a tarp or plastic air conditioner cover to prevent rusting of vital parts.


Check lawn equipment


Have your lawn irrigation system professionally drained and winterized to prevent frozen and cracked pipelines and other major issues down the road.




Helping Hands can help you navigate through your house with this checklist. We can also help with leaf removal from your yards. No guarantees that some of our caregivers might jump into the pile of leaves before completely removing them! Call us today for any assistance at 308-633-9200


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