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How can you avoid slip-and-fall injuries in the winter 

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2022 | Premises Liability

Connecticut experiences its share of winter by getting a lot of snow and ice. This makes mobility a challenge. As a result, North Haven law requires those in charge of premises to remove ice, snow, and sleet within 24 hours after precipitation or snowfall ends.   

However, you can also observe a few measures to avoid accidents. This can save you from injuries and pain and suffering. Below is how you can avoid slip and fall injuries in the winter.

Have the right footwear

The right pair of shoes when walking on snow or ice is vital. Dedicated winter footwear made of quality rubber with thick anti-slip soles is on the market. Ensure that you pick a breathable pair that fits comfortably. The footwear you choose should also be waterproof and warm. 

Further, a light pair of shoes will allow you to walk comfortably. Winter shoes are not the lightest, but some are made of lightweight materials. For these reasons, it will help to shop for winter shoes physically. If you shop online, use platforms with friendly return policies.

Don’t pocket your hands

You can use your hands to break a fall or hold on to something. However, this is impossible with your hands in your pockets. Thus, consider wearing gloves when outside in the winter. This way, you can keep your hands free and stay warm (and safer) at the same time.

Use handrails

When taking the stairs, especially outside, use available handrails. A walking cane can also protect you from a slip when walking around.

Due to snow and ice, accidents are common in the winter. However, you can prevent them with practical tactics. If you are injured on another person’s property during this season in a fall, the owner may be responsible. Find out more about your legal options.