Avoid Slips and Falls During the Summer
May 31, 2019
Summer is in full swing, and as people are enjoying the outdoors it’s important to keep safety in mind. Slip and fall accidents are often a concern during the winter when there is ice on the ground, but there are many summer conditions that can put people at risk. Injuries caused by a slip and fall accident can have effects lasting long after summer ends.
Know Your Surroundings
Summer is the season to get out of the house and spend some time outdoors. Neighborhood barbecues, camping trips and beach vacations are all great ways to take advantage of the warm weather. These activities all have a unique terrain; however, and present more hazards than you would find in your living room. It’s important to watch where you’re going at all times to ensure you do not trip on a stray gardening tool or tree root.
Swimming is a great way to beat the heat, and many will visit pools either in their neighborhood or their own backyard. The surface around a pool can be very slippery; however, and visitors should always walk slowly and carefully to reduce risk of injury. It is especially important to use safe behavior on the pool deck where a slip and fall accident could send someone into the water. Summer storms can also make surfaces slippery, so it’s important to read warning signs and use caution on wet floors and pavements.
Summer Footwear Can Be Hazardous
The arrival of warmer weather also means sandal season. Flip flops and sandals are less secure than other types of footwear and often have less grip, which can cause a slip and fall accident. They also provide less coverage and will not protect your feet as well in case of an accident. Always wear appropriate footwear for the environment you are going to be in to minimize the risk of injury.
Summer slip and fall accidents can be prevented if necessary safety measures are taken. Property owners are obligated to take reasonable precautions against any known hazards, such as repairing broken concrete or removing obstacles to foot traffic. When surfaces are slippery, businesses must have sufficient signage warning visitors of the hazardous areas. Failure to do so can result in slip and fall injuries such as sprains, broken bones, back and neck injury or even traumatic head injuries.