Along with the beautiful autumn colors, fall can create slip-and-fall hazards in New York. Fallen leaves and debris can cover and create hazardous walking conditions, leading to slips, trips, and falls across the Empire State. Just like you need to be careful when walking on snowy and icy streets in the winter, exercise caution when walking on autumn leaves.
Keep reading for more tips on how to avoid falls this fall.
Beware of What Is Underneath
A pile of leaves may look harmless, but it could be covering up potholes, uneven pavement, and other obstacles. If you can, choose a route that is not covered by leaves, especially if the leaf cover is too thick to see what lies underneath.
If you must walk through the leaves, walk where the leaf cover is thinnest, walk slowly, and use your foot to test the ground underneath before stepping forward.
Don’t Track Leaves Inside
Leaves can be even more dangerous when they get inside. If you track leaves indoors, they can combine with dirt, mud, and other debris to create a slippery situation. Always wipe your feet on doormats when they are available and if you see a pole of tracked-in leaves, alert someone right away.
One of the reasons people clean up leaves outside is to avoid dangerous messes inside!
Wet Leaves Are Especially Dangerous
Rain is a common weather pattern in the fall, and wet leaves are extremely slippery. Additionally, wet leaves are all but guaranteed to stick to people’s shoes and make their way into buildings. Always rake your leaves before a major storm and keep a careful eye on high-traffic areas.
The last thing you want is someone getting hurt!
Do Property Owners Have to Rake Their Leaves?
Yes, businesses and homeowners have a responsibility to maintain their properties and prevent tree debris. In addition to performing regular tree maintenance, property owners should rake their leaves regularly to keep their premises free of hazards.
If you trip over hidden hazards or slip on wet leaves on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Foley Griffin can help you get it.
Our team has been helping Nassau County residents since 1997, and we don’t get paid unless you win.
Falls can cause serious injuries and expenses, so call us at (888) 966-8480 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help.