Below are a few tips on how you can prepare for the weather and avoid these types of accidents.
•· Dress for the weather. This includes wearing appropriate shoes such as snow boots with tread.
•· Keep hands out of pockets for balance.
•· Use handrails when available.
•· Test potentially icy spots by tapping it with your foot before walking on it.
•· Avoid icy sidewalks by walking in grassy areas instead.
•· Wipe your feet off when entering a building.
•· Avoid distractions such as a cell phone.
•· Avoid carrying items. If you begin to fall, toss whatever you are carrying.
•· Plan your route ahead of time and give yourself plenty of time.
Slip and falls are one of the most common injury claims pursued during the winter months. These types of accidents can often lead to serious injuries which means costly medical bills and missed time from work.
If the owner of the property failed to maintain, take appropriate precautions, or fix a known problem that contributed to the fall, a personal injury claim may be pursued.
Denver Health, “Winter Fall Prevention and Safety Tips”