It’s human nature to slip and fall sometimes, but most of these incidents don’t come with any serious injuries. While it is normal to take a tumble on occasion, certain people and situations are higher risk, and precautions should be taken. The ill and elderly are more likely to incur greater injuries after a fall, and falls are more likely to happen in areas with inclement weather, improper safety warnings, and damaged facilities. Slips and falls are commonplace, but you can take steps to prevent these types of dangers, and protect yourself and your loved ones from harm.
Here are a few tips to reducing your risk for a slip and fall injury:
When you’re out walking, you need the right shoe to provide traction and grip on the surface below your feet, so prepare ahead and wear the right shoes. If you are going out in snow or ice, choose a sturdy boot, and regularly check the soles of your shoes for wear and tear. Lace up shoelaces tightly, and avoid shoes that are too tight, too loose, or have worn out soles.
Whether you are a homeowner or property manager, clearing your walkways is critical in preventing injuries. If there is snow, hail, or ice, scrape off and clean sidewalks, driveways, and other thoroughfares. The same rule applies for debris, branches, trash, and other hazards.
If you are on someone else’s property and encounter any kind of damage to pedestrian areas, report it to the proper authority. Things like large cracks, broken stairs, spills, and exposed nails/screws are dangerous, and the property owner or manager should be alerted right away.
Sufficient illumination is necessary, so you can see where you’re going and what may be lying in your path. Don’t try to navigate unfamiliar areas in the dark, and turn on a light whenever possible. This is just as important in your own home as it is in public spaces.
Many trips and falls happen when we are carrying something large that obscures our view of the path ahead, so take caution in these situations. Don’t try to handle something so large or bulky that it prevents you from seeing your feet, or the walkway ahead of you. Get help to move these objects instead.