During the summer months, people tend to take advantage of the warmer weather and spend more time enjoying the outdoors, cooling off in a swimming pool or taking a vacation.
However, such activities also present numerous slipping hazards, both indoors and outdoors, that can result in serious injuries such as fractures, sprains and even brain damage. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls are the leading cause of hospital emergency room visits, accounting for 21.3 percent of visits.
Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in hotels and their parking lots, pools and even airports when traveling to and from a holiday destination. Here are some tips to avoid common summertime slip-and-fall accidents:
- Wear the right shoes: Certain types of footwear can make you more prone to slipping. Depending on where you are going, wear shoes with soles that can grip the floor or ground. For example, running around in flip flops by the pool, or walking on a slippery floor in high heels can make you more susceptible to slipping and falling.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to warning signs to avoid puddles and slippery surfaces. Businesses are required to put up warning signs to indicate wet floors. Be cautious in other areas, too. For example, hotels with loose carpets and doorjambs can also pose hazardous conditions.
- Do not run in wet areas: Walking slowly with smaller steps near wet areas will reduce your chances of slipping and falling. Public pools tend to have many slick or slippery surfaces, such as diving boards, changing rooms and walkways. Follow all pool safety rules and keep the area around the pool clear of furniture, toys and other hazardous objects. Slip-and-fall accidents can also occur on boats, so ensure that you understand safety procedures.
It is important to note that determining fault in slip-and-fall cases can be more complicated than it might seem. If you were injured and you believe someone else is fully or partially to blame, contact Chalik & Chalik to learn more about your rights.