Avoid Slips and Trips on Wet Leaves

Posted at 3:15 p.m.

This week’s combination of rain, blustery winds and falling leaves can make roadways and walkways slippery and potentially dangerous. Wally Simmons, loss prevention manager with the county’s Risk Management Division, offers several practical tips to keep you safe on your walk.

When out driving, Simmons adds that wet roads and fallen leaves also pose a hazard. He offers these tips when in your vehicle:

  • Check your tires and brakes to make sure your car is prepared for slippery road conditions.
  • Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves, especially when driving around turns.
  • Allow yourself plenty of room to stop in an emergency. Keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Never drive through a leaf pile. Remember that a pile of leaves raked to the side of the road is an inviting place to a child and children enjoy jumping into leaf piles and hiding in them.

Here’s to a safe and injury free holiday season.

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