• Jan
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Avoiding Slip and Fall Injuries During Winter

    Whether you are a business owner, a property owner, or an individual who is out and about during the winter months, avoiding slip and fall injuries is a universal goal. Those who manage or own properties have a dual interest in keeping their properties safe for visitors. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it also protects them against personal injury lawsuits that would be filed against them by anybody injured on their property. And people visiting those properties have an obvious interest in remaining safe and unhurt.

    Slip and fall injuries are more than just minor incidents. They frequently result in serious injuries and even death. Snow and ice on the ground can turn the safest property treacherous, so here are some pointers for both property owners and those who visit them to reduce risk.

    For Property Owners:

    • Make sure that you are equipped with the supplies you need to keep your property free of ice and snow. These include shovels and scrapers, ice melt and sand or kitty litter.
    • Clear walkways, parking lots and stairs regularly when there is any precipitation. Even if it isn’t cold enough to snow, precipitation that comes down during the warmer daytime hours can freeze overnight.
    • Post warning signs of areas that may be wet from snow or ice left by other people’s footwear. Doing so keeps people alert to the danger of slipping. Also, put down anti-slip mats in areas where water can accumulate.
    • Pay attention to the weather forecast so that you are ready to clean snow or ice when it comes.

    For Visitors:

    • Wear appropriate footwear for the weather. Leave high heels behind and wear boots that provide stability and traction.
    • Walk slowly and carefully anywhere that you think might be slippery. Keep your eyes on the path in front of you and keep your hands out of your pockets so that you can catch yourself in case you fall.
    • Pay special attention in areas where warning signs are posted.
    • If you feel yourself falling, try to relax. Doing so reduces the impact of your fall. Tuck your chin into your chest to avoid hitting your head.
    • Pay attention to the weather forecast so you can plan errands for times when there is less risk.

    If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident and you believe it was a result of negligence on the part of a business owner or property owner, we can help. Contact us today to set up a time to come in and talk to our legal professionals.

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