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Wintertime slip falls

Winter is here, the temperatures are dropping in Florida and snow is on the ground. These conditions are just right for slip-and-fall accidents to occur. Trips, slips and falls may seem like harmless incidents but they are a leading cause of injury for the elderly. Everyone should make themselves aware of the risks that are associated with wintertime slip-and-falls so they can avoid them.

Wet floors and sidewalks

Damp and wet surfaces can quickly become icy slippery ones. Melting snow and ice can also make for very slippery floors. All floors and surfaces that have moisture, snow or ice on them should be clearly marked as hazardous with signs. If these surfaces are inside of a building, personnel should be available to correct the situation as soon possible. People should avoid these areas.

Accumulated snow

If there is snow accumulation, building owners should make sure their walkways are cleared and salted to prevent people from slipping and falling. They should also place door mats near entrances to remove snow from the bottom of people’s shoes as they enter to prevent snow from getting and melting on other surfaces and becoming a hazard elsewhere on their properties.

Proper Footwear

People that walk around in winter-like conditions with shoes that are not made for the weather have a higher chance of falling and injuring themselves. According to EHS Today, people should wear slip-resistant shoes and boots. All footwear should fit properly and comfortably to prevent missteps as well. People should maintain a slow and steady walking pace and pay close attention to where they place their feet. Anyone who does not have to leave their home should not do so to avoid slip-and-fall accidents and injuries, states Healthbeat. If staying home is not a possibility, then taking the safest route is advisable.

Wintertime slip-and-falls are not always preventable. People who take their time while they are walking about and paying close attention to their surroundings are able to avoid potentially hazardous situations that put them at risk for slips, falls and injuries.


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