Harsh winters are a fact of life in Connecticut—and so are the slip and fall incidents that come with the cold temperatures, ice, and snow. From sudden Nor’easter storms dumping precipitation on sidewalks to the black ice patches that can develop at night, our state’s property owners and renters should have a plan in place to tackle potential safety hazards before they occur. Luckily, just a few simple steps can help prevent a family member, friend, or visitor from facing serious injury on your property.
3 Steps to Help Prevent Winter Slip and Fall Incidents on Your Property
At Carter Mario, we’ve been helping injury victims in Connecticut for more than 30 years. Throughout our experience, we’ve discovered some common factors that can lead to winter slip and fall incidents. Here are 3 steps you can take to help prevent injuries on your property this winter:
- Prepare now, before the bad weather hits. We’re all guilty of running to the hardware or grocery store on the eve of a big storm. But this doesn’t just mean long lines—it also means a rush to purchase the supplies you need to keep your property safe, such as salt, deicers, and snow shovels. Have these on hand now, before they sell out!
- Don’t forget about indoor areas. You’ve shoveled your sidewalks and driveway and laid down salt to prevent ice—great! But if you allow water from shoes and boots to accumulate on your indoor floors, puddles can lead to slip and fall incidents, too. Add grippy mats to indoor areas where people are likely to come and go from your home or business.
- Lighting matters at night. On snowy, icy nights, adequate lighting goes a long way toward helping people spot any potential hazards as they walk. Whether your property is a home or business, ensure your exterior lighting is in good, working order, and add lights where visibility is poor at night.
It’s vital to take every step you can to help keep loved ones, neighbors, and visitors safe on your property. Take these steps now to help ensure a safe winter season!
Connecticut Lawyers Who Know State Premises Liability Laws
Unfortunately for some victims, not every property owner keeps the safety of others in mind. We’re here to help if you have questions concerning your rights after a slip and fall on someone else’s property. Our attorneys know premises liability law in Connecticut, and we’re available around the clock. Just dial our toll-free number or fill out our free online form to get started now.