Leaf Peeping Means Leaf Up-Keeping

September 25, 2013 at 9:06 AM | Posted in Reminders, Safety Tips, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Fall in New England is a beautiful time.  However, the leaves that paint beautiful scenery can also become nuisance if proper up-keep and awareness isn’t applied.

Leaves collecting on a sidewalk, roadway or steps are particularly dangerous when wet.  Keeping your gutters and walkways clear is important for safety and to avoid unwanted insurance claims. Each year, the leaves falling from trees combined with moisture on the ground can produce slick roads and walkways, often causing slip and fall injuries or auto accidents.

Here are some tips to keep you safe:

  • Keep roof and runoff gutters clear to avoid potential damage to your home
  • Clear your steps and walkways of fallen leaves
  • Be careful when walking on sidewalks covered in leaves – not just because of the slip hazard, but so you can see any defects or height differences in your path
  • Watch your speed when driving on roads with fallen leaves that are wet and slick and could cause you to slide when trying to stop
  • Fallen leaves are particularly dangerous to Motorcycles – extreme caution on covered roadways should be used

Relax knowing you have taken every precaution and enjoy this beautiful time of year.


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