Businesses need a winter safety plan to keep patrons safe

| Nov 30, 2018 | Premises Liability

Now that the colder temperatures are here, people are going to have to pay close attention to how they are walking around since snow and ice are very slick. As tempting as staying home for the rest of the season is, this isn’t feasible for most people. You still have to venture out to go shopping and handle other errands.

Businesses need to take the weather conditions into account when they are making plans for helping keep their patrons out of harm’s way. One aspect of their winter weather plan should be to address slip-and-fall hazards.

The doorways going into buildings are especially problematic. Patrons should have a non-slick surface to step on when coming in. A combination of mats and forced air might be necessary so that people’s shoes can dry off before they step on the hard floors of the business. These must be properly cared for so that they don’t become a hazard of their own.

Another thing for stores to remember during this season is that they are likely going to be busy due to the holidays. They need to take this uptick in business into account when they are setting up things like security, customer flow and similar aspects of business operations. Without doing this, they are putting shoppers at risk of crowd control issues.

If you are injured in an accident due to negligence on a business’ part, you have the option of seeking compensation. This can help you to get your medical bills and other related expenses covered. An experienced attorney can provide important guidance.