When leaves fall off of the trees, a new hazard is presented for the season. After rain or a storm, slippery leaves prove to be a dangerous surface. These present possible hazards for walking, driving and in general.
When leaves are wet, those walking can slip or fall on the slippery surface. Ways to minimize the risk includes checking your shoes for wet leaves on the bottom of them and removing the shoes when entering a home or building. An alternative is proving a mat or towel at the front door for guests or people to wipe their shoes on could prove beneficial.
With driving, wet leaves can be more hazardous. They can make stopping difficult and piles can hide obstacles such as potholes. They can affect the traction and handling of the car and it is essential to always be aware of the driving conditions you are in.
When it comes to raking wet leaves to prevent these hazards, know that they will be much heavier. Generally, a lawn mower will not be able to collect the leaves efficiently and a rake will prove more useful. There are several ways to do this, one being raking them onto a plastic sheet for a faster collection. Just make sure to keep yourself and other safe when wet leaves are on the ground.