Fresh winter snow, beautiful as it is, can be more than a little inconvenient. Getting where you need to go can become difficult even hazardous, as hidden ice creates the conditions for slips, bruises, sprains and breaks.
Slip and fall accidents can also lead to more serious conditions like concussions, disabling effects, and chronic pain resulting from long-term injuries. Below are some simple ways to keep yourself and others safer this winter:
Maintain Your Home
Keeping walkways clear by shovelling snow or by spreading salt on icy areas reduces the risk of a slip and fall accident. The route to and from your home is one you will use most every day; keeping it clear will protect you and your loved ones from slip and fall accidents. This will also make it less likely you will be held liable for a slip and fall accident on your property.
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Even with the best winter footwear, the best way to prevent slip and fall accidents is by treading carefully. Walk slowly and keep flat footed on ice. Use handrails and support yourself on doors when entering or exiting vehicles.
Slip and fall accidents can also happen inside. Pedestrians track snow and slush into public buildings, leading to slick, hard to see areas in places like airports, train stations, and coffee shops.
Keep Your Hands Free
If you do fall, it’s best to break your fall with your hands (if possible). Wearing a backpack instead of carrying bags in your hand frees your arms to help you regain your balance. If it comes to it, try to fall on your hands or arms to catch your fall.
Avoid Uneven Surfaces
Icy curbs and other awkward terrain increase the likelihood that you may lose your balance on an icy patch. Avoid these areas to prevent slip and fall accidents.
David Pearsall, Associate Professor at McGill University’s kinesiology department recommends adding squats and lunges to your routine. These exercises engage the muscles to help stabilize your body as you slip and fall.
Speaking to the CBC, he pointed out that injuries can happen before you slip and fall onto the pavement. Suddenly tensing up can lead to pulled muscles in the back or the legs.
Check Icy Patches
Before exerting yourself on a slippery surface, take a moment to test out icy patches with an outstretched toe. For those who have inadequate stability, we recommend carrying a walking stick or cane for better balance.
What To Do After a Slip & Fall Accident
Keeping your families and neighbours safe is a shared responsibility during the winter season. If you’ve experienced a slip and fall accident and you’re unsure of what to do next, discuss your options with the personal injury lawyers at Zayouna Law. Our team of slip and fall injury lawyers can help you achieve the compensation you deserve.
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