During the summer months people enjoy swimming, going on vacations and engaging in various outdoor activities to take advantage of the warm weather. While slip and fall accidents are commonly associated with the icy conditions of winter, they can also occur in the summer. For instance, pool decks, hotel steps and sidewalks can all have slippery surfaces that can lead to falls. Here are some simple safety tips to keep in mind to avoid ruining your summer with an injury.
Wear appropriate footwear. Sandals tend to become the footwear of choice with the arrival of warm weather. However, flip flops generally have soles with less grip, which can make you more susceptible to slipping.
Pay attention to your surroundings. Be extra cautious on wet floors and read warning signs. Be on the lookout for tripping hazards such as sidewalk defects due to a harsh winter. Rainy days in the summer can also be problematic, leading to slick pavements and slippery entryways inside buildings. Businesses and other property owners are responsible for warning visitors about hazardous areas.
Be cautious around swimming pools. Swimming is a great way to beat the heat. Pools tend to have wet diving boards, changing room floors and other slippery surfaces. Try to walk slowly around pool areas to reduce the risk of slipping and falling. Ensure pool walkways are free of toys, furniture and other tripping hazards.
While taking a few safety measures can help prevent summer slip and fall accidents, sometimes they can still occur no matter how careful you are. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, speak to a lawyer immediately about your legal options. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, contact Briskman Briskman & Greenberg to learn more about the possibility of pursuing compensation for your injuries.