How To Avoid A Slip And Fall Situation
Published 07/14/16 by Admin
There is no doubt that we are enjoying the warm weather of summer currently, but later this year as the temperatures begin to drop and the ice and snow begins to fall, a typically carefree area such as a sidewalk, driveway or stairs will turn into a caution area for those who want to try to avoid slipping and falling. Water in its natural form is harmless enough, but when the temperature drops below 32 degrees and that water turns into ice, you will have to be more cautious of your surroundings and careful with each step you take. This article will help you avoid some of the dangers of slipping and falling, as well as preventative measures you can take to avoid slipping and falling in the winter time.
Hazardous and icy zones on your property can serve as a risk to not only yourself, but also to others who may enter onto your property. What you may not know, is that you can be held responsible if someone were to slip and fall on your property because you didn’t bother to properly warn them or to take care of the condition that resulted in them getting hurt. To avoid the hassle and headache of possibly injuring yourself or someone else, you should take the opportunity to appropriately and adequately clean your driveway, sidewalk and steps after any amount of snow or ice has fallen.
Your first step should be to take a snow shovel and remove all of the excess snow and ice from any outside surface you or someone else may walk on. Once you have removed the snow and ice from the walkable surfaces, you should take the opportunity to coat all of these surfaces with specialty salt you can purchase from most convenience or hardware stores. The chemicals in this salt help melt any hard-to-get snow and ice and can help prevent future snow and ice from sticking to those surfaces for a period of time.
Note: Whatever you do, you should never use hot or warm water to help remove ice or snow from any walkable surface. Using hot or warm water in cold temperatures will result in the creation of ice on that surface which will make the area even more dangerous to walk on.
Slipping and falling in the summer time is always a possibility too. Slick surfaces and wet shoes are two items that do not go well together, so it is always a good idea to take off your shoes inside or to dry your feet appropriately before walking on linoleum, tile, hardwood, or sealed cement surfaces. Furthermore, if you work on your car and you spill oil or any other fluid on the ground, a good way to help clean it up and avoid a potential area for someone to slip and fall is the use of cat litter or sawdust. While it may seem like a crazy idea, both of those items are porous substances that will help to absorb the fallen fluid, so it serves two purposes. Not only does it keep oil or car fluids from absorbing into the cement, but it also prevents the creation of a hazardous area where people often walk.
These are just a few of many ways that you can take preventive measures to avoid a slip and fall accident. If you are involved in a slip and fall accident however, or someone slips, falls and is injured on your property, you should never be afraid to take a cautionary measure of contacting an attorney for legal advice.