When nights drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and the risk of freezing is high, it’s important for businesses to monitor their premises and prevent ice from forming on walkways or staircases. If ice gathers on the premises, it’s possible that a customer approaching the business could fall and get hurt.
When a person slips and falls on ice, it may be the business’s responsibility to cover their lost wages, medical costs and other financial liabilities. It’s simple to make the area around the business safe, so business owners should do what they can to warn consumers about the risk of falls due to ice.
When are people more likely to slip on ice?
Most people are aware that ice can be slippery, but it isn’t always. Slushy ice may break under your weight, giving you more friction and lowering the risk of a fall. That’s where salting the walkway becomes extremely important. By adding salt to the area, the ice is less likely to freeze completely or could melt. Melting enough to break under the weight of a person’s foot is great for preventing falls.
Businesses also have the option of warning customers about ice with warning signs if they have not yet been able to remove or control the ice. These signs may help limit the businesses’ liability in the case that a person falls and gets hurt.
Colder temperatures make slip-and-fall accidents more likely. Be cautious, and remember that areas around you could be slick due to ice and snow. Be on guard, so you don’t end up with an injury.