December 14, 2016
How to Avoid Slip-and-Fall Incidents During Winter
By Jonathan Damashek
Few things are more beautiful than waking up to streets covered in white after a cold and snowy night. But the scenery can be dangerous. Melting snow and ice can cause slip-and-fall accidents with serious consequences for pedestrians.
Pedestrians can take several measures to prevent slip-and-fall accidents. Here are a few:
- Wear proper gear. Wear comfortable shoes that give you traction. Do not wear heels or flat shoes that can be very slippery. Wear gloves to avoid putting your hands in your pockets because if you slip, your arms can break the fall and prevent many injuries.
- Walk slowly and do not rush on icy ground. Give yourself time to arrive to your destination safely.
- Walk in designated walkways. If a sidewalk is entirely covered with ice; travel along its grassy edge for traction.
- Avoid carrying heavy items that may cause you to lose your balance. Take small steps instead of large ones.
- Pay attention and keep your eyes on where you are going. Do not text, make phone calls, drink or eat, while walking on ice or snow.
- Landowners or tenants must keep their properties safe and with no potential dangers for pedestrians passing by. If you see a risky condition, report it immediately. This will help avoid many potential accidents.
- Be extra careful if walking with children or elderly people. Slips and falls can be very dangerous for seniors and toddlers.
Your safety and your family’s safety is always our priority. Being precautious and watchful will help you and your loved ones avoid accidents that can have terrible consequences. If you or a family member is injured in a slip-and-fall accident, call us today for a free consultation.