Slip and falls injuries often occur in the winter months due to snow and ice fall. Some general safety tips on how to prevent getting injured in the winter months are listed below.
Allow yourself ample time to travel whether it be in a car or simply walking. Although it is not the main cause of people getting injured in a slip and fall accident, people rushing to get to where they need to be is a certainly a factor. It is encouraged that people to leave their homes early to get to where they need to be. It would help if they were not in a hurry to get somewhere and it would allow them time to use caution.
Use shoveled, clear sidewalks and steps, if possible. When people are walking to where they need to get to, they generally attempt to take the fastest route or way but that is not necessarily the safest way. People walking on cleared paths would help prevent a fall or injury.
Wear slip resistant shoes or boots in the winter when there is snowfall or ice. The best type of footwear to wear after snowfall are slip resistant boots or shoes. Even if you do not see any snow or ice, people should be careful because their could be black ice. Black ice is a thin coat of highly transparent ice. The reason it is transparent is because it blends in with road pavements since it is so thin, making it nearly impossible to see. It's called black ice since it looks black, like the color of the road pavement it forms on.
Keep your hands free when they are walking on snow or ice. If you loose your balance on snow or ice, you will have your arms free to help restore your balance after you slip. Also, people should hold on to handrails on slippery steps to provide more support up or down steps.
Be extremely careful getting out of your car. When exiting your car, it is best to try to swing your legs around and place both feet on the ground before you stand, if you are physically able to without injuring yourself.
If you or someone you know have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney.
Call The Law Office of Pamela Anevski at (908) 255-0483 to see how we can help.
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