Fall can be a beautiful time of the year as the temperatures begin to cool down and the leaves begin to change colors. However, just like other seasons throughout the year, there are slip and fall hazards everyone should be aware of. Our slip and fall attorneys have compiled a list of autumn slip and fall-related dangers to help you stay safe during the upcoming season.
- Wet Leaves – Wet leaves on the ground can be just as dangerous as an unattended spill on the floor of a business. The fall season can be very rainy, so to best protect family and friends, be sure to keep leaves on drive and walkways raked cleared off. Property managers are responsible for clearing wet and soggy leaves that have been dragged into their building in a timely manner. Failure to do so could easily result in a lawsuit.
- Lack of Proper Lighting – During the autumn season, days become shorter and nights grow longer. Walking in areas that aren’t well-lit once the sun has set can be very dangerous because hazards in your walkway may not always be visible. The best way to lessen the risk of being injured due to poor lighting conditions is to ensure that workplaces and homes have lights along the walkways and parking lots. This will help ensure people visiting the property can see their walking path all season long.
- Wires from Holiday Decorations – One of the best things about this time of the year is celebrating and decorating for the holidays. Having festive decor and holiday lights are always fun to put up and even a great tradition for families and jobs, but it can be very hazardous if not done correctly. If you plan to participate in these fun activities, be sure to place lights and wires in places that won’t cause a tripping hazard. Try to avoid wires on the ground; if they are in the yard, be mindful of leaving them in areas that receive lots of foot traffic.
- Slippery Floors – Due to an abundance of rain and sometimes even snow, feet are likely to be wetter than usual as people walk in and out of buildings. During this season, it’s beneficial to wear shoes with good treads, such as rain boots or sneakers, as they will help prevent you from slipping.
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