As the leaves fall, D.C.’s Department of Public Works attempts to keep them from creating hazards for drivers.
DPW workers systematically attack the leaves all over town. They ask residents who are raking up or blowing away leaves on their property to keep them out of the street.
Leaves in the street can start fires if they come into contact with hot engines.
Leaves combined with rain or snow on streets can create very slick driving.
Residents should follow these guidelines:
- Don't rake or blow leaves into the street. Put them along the tree box between the sidewalk and curb.
- Don't cover storm drains. The drains get clogged and storm water puddles up dangerously.
- Just rake leaves. Limbs, bricks, dirt or rocks can damage DPW equipment.
- Don’t burn them because of fire danger and pollution.