One of the most anticipated parts of the autumn season is the leaves changing colors before falling from the trees. People travel all over the country to catch a glimpse of the changing of the seasons. Unfortunately, the beauty that is autumn is marred by the reality that what makes the season so great can also be dangerous.
According to the National Council on Aging (NCA), falls are the leading cause of injuries among people over 65. Falls are also the leading cause of fatal injuries in this age group. Slip and fall accidents are also the leading cause of workplace injury claims among adults.
During the autumn months, many falls occur due to hazards, such as leaves, which may become slippery or may obstruct a threat underneath. So what can you do to prevent slip and fall accidents?
Slip and Fall Prevention Tips for Autumn
Here are some tips for preventing a slip and fall accident – whether you are walking or are a local business owner, these tips can help.
- Be aware of potentially slippery surfaces.
- Clear walkways of leaves or acorns during autumn, and when the temperature drops, clear away snow and ice.
- Encourage family members to wear sensible shoes that are appropriate for the weather.
- Make sure there is adequate light outside your home or business.
- If you must walk to get around town, be mindful of slippery surfaces. Walking in the grass or gravel may be safer than concrete.
- Older adults may find it helpful to use a cane when walking outdoors.
Taking preventative measures is the best way to avoid a slip and fall accident or injury. You can’t control others’ actions, but you can take steps to stay safe and encourage your family to do the same.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you or someone you love has slipped and fallen due to a hazardous walkway, sidewalk, or parking lot, call Lipeles Law Group. You may have grounds to file a premises liability claim and pursue compensation for your injuries. Find out more by calling 855-565-2566.