Leaves are all around us, and serve so many purposes. Leafy greens are good for you; you’ll want to eat lots of them. Turning over a new leaf is usually good as well: it means starting fresh, perhaps in a new business or in life overall. Trees leaves are beautiful, and provide much-needed shade in summer.
But in the fall, when leaves are falling everywhere, you’re much more likely to turn over an old leaf — possibly by slipping on it. And this isn’t good at all. Because nobody wants to fall in fall — or any other time.
Why are those innocent-looking leaves on the ground so dangerous?
Wet leaves are slippery. Yet most people don’t consider them a hazard as you would, say, an icy patch of sidewalk. So you don’t necessarily take the same precautions. Especially if your attention is riveted elsewhere (put that phone away!).
Leaves can blow indoors, too. Every time the electronic doors to a supermarket, health club, or other retail establishment open (which happens all day long), wet leaves can add to the already slippery floors inside, from customers tracking in whatever else is on the soles of their shoes.
Yikes. The National Safety Council reports that more than 6.8 million people were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries in 2020 — and this is when we were all supposedly inside doing jigsaw puzzles during the pandemic. Imagine how much higher this statistic likely is now that people are outdoors again.
But it’s all preventable.
Start by going on high alert. When you spot errant leaves, or a wet zone, or any other spill clean up hazard, deploy our bright orange Pocket Safety Cones to alert customers and staff about the hazardous conditions nearby.
If you’re a Spill Hero regular, you will have removed at least one of these cones from the Spill Hero Spill Station Deluxe with Squeegee Broom, a powerhouse Spill Station that’s custom-made to hold our flagship Spill Hero Spill Clean-Up Absorbent, and provides everything you need in one place to leave your floors clean, dry and residue-free in a matter of minutes. It’s superb for retail and grocery stores, and will quickly:
- Reduce slip and fall injuries.
- Cut labor costs up to 70%.
- Open aisles in record time.
Now that you know all about the secret life of leaves, you can walk confidently into fall, upright and secure in the knowledge that Spill Hero has your back, so it never needs to land on the ground. You’re welcome.