When we think about autumn leaves changing colors, our minds drift to tree-lined streets, fields of reds, yellows and oranges and fall foliage tours. However, there’s a danger lurking among those beautiful leaves – especially when they make their way into your home or business and gather on your floors. Leaves, wet or dry, that collect in places where visitors may slip and fall create serious risk for severe injuries.
Now is a great time (in advance of snowy boot weather!) to set some guidelines for visitors as they enter your premises.
- Keep your stoop, porch, walkway, driveway, and sidewalk clear of leaves. This is an ongoing task. Remember the old adage about “an ounce of prevention?” Exactly. Keep sweeping!
- Ask all visitors to check their shoes (and remember to check your own) as they come through the door. This will prevent leaves from being tracked throughout the house. (You can place a towel by the front door that sends a clear message to visitors: dry off!)
- Help those who can’t help themselves. Pets and young children can’t stop themselves from tracking in slip & fall debris. Help them out!
- Finally, ask people to remove their shoes before entering your home. This request will keep the outside elements by the door and keep your beautiful floors dry and safe.
Injured in a slip and fall accident? Don’t hesitate to contact an experienced slip & fall lawyer who will explain your rights. The personal injury attorneys at Team Law can quickly tell you whether you have a claim. Contact us today for a free consultation about your slip & fall or trip & fall case.