During the winter, businesses and homeowners must deal with clearing snow and ice from walkways and other areas to prevent winter slip and fall accidents. Winter slip and fall accidents can cause severe and sometimes life-threatening injuries. In order to prevent winter slip and fall accidents while you are clearing ice and snow this season, remember the following tips.
Avoiding Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
- Wear the proper shoes for the job - When you are clearing snow and ice, you should always wear anti-slip footwear. Overshoes and anti-slip shoes can prevent winter slip and fall accidents when you are shoveling snow or clearing ice from steps, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and other areas.
- Do not wait until the snow stops to begin shoveling - If you being shoveling before the snow stops falling, you may not be able to keep up with the snow accumulation but you will make the job of shoveling snow much easier.
- Use deicers and anti-icers - Monitoring the weather forecast and taking preventative measures can reduce the risk of winter slip and fall accidents. You may not be able to stop winter weather but you can use deicers and anti-icers to keep the job of clearing ice from becoming extremely dangerous.
- Use a snow blower – If you have a lot of snow to move, consider renting or purchasing a snow blower. This can make snow removal easier, reduce the amount of time to remove snow, and reduce your risk of a winter slip and fall accident.
- Ice and snow removal services - These companies are very good are removing snow and ice from large areas. If it is particular dangerous for you to shovel snow and remove ice or you do not have the proper tools for the job, consider hiring a service to perform this winter task for you. You will be safe inside while the areas outside of your home or business are becoming safer for you and others.
Use Warning Signs to Avoid Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
As a property owner, you are responsible for maintaining your property in a safe manner for visitors, guests, and customers. You could be held liable for damages even though you cannot control winter weather. You must take precautions to warn others of the possible danger from snow or ice. One of the best ways to reduce your liability and protect others is to use warning signs placed at all entrances to your property.
Rugs placed inside each door to absolve water from melting snow and ice as you enter your home or business can reduce the risk of a slip and fall from water on the floor. By taking precautions, you reduce your liability and you protect others from a winter slip and fall injury.
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We hope that you will not need to hire a personal injury lawyer; however, if you or a loved one is injured in a winter slip and fall accident, we are here to help. You deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other out-of-pocket expenses related to a slip and fall accident.
Contact our office to schedule a free case evaluation by one of our experienced Harrisburg slip and fall attorneys. You can use our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.