As the temperature drops, many people are gearing up for the winter season. However, it’s often overlooked that colder weather increases the risk of specific injuries, especially those resulting from slip and fall accidents. This blog will explore some of those risks and how to stay safe this winter.
Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
One of the most common injuries during winter is a slip and fall. As snow and ice accumulate on sidewalks and other walkways, it becomes easier to lose your footing and take a tumble. To avoid this, remember to wear shoes with good traction and take time walking on potentially slippery surfaces. Also, look for ice and snow that may have accumulated in hidden places, such as on steps or parking lots.
Can Cold Weather Worsen Slip and Fall Injuries?
In addition to making it more likely a slip and fall injury will occur, cold temperatures can also increase the odds of sustaining a severe injury. When your body is cold, it keeps your core temperature steady, resulting in less blood flow to your arms and legs. This can cause your muscles, tendons, and ligaments to have less elasticity, increasing the risk of pulls, tears, and other musculoskeletal injuries. If you are going to be working or playing outside this winter, please remember to warm up properly and stretch your muscles before doing any strenuous activity. Warming up and stretching significantly reduces the likelihood that you’ll be injured doing activities in the cold weather.
Preventing Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
There are a few things you can do to prevent slip and fall accidents this winter. First, as mentioned above, wear shoes with good traction. Second, try to avoid walking on icy or snowy surfaces if possible. If you must walk on these surfaces, take your time and be careful. Third, make sure to warm up and stretch before doing any prolonged outdoor activities as it will decrease the risk of getting injured. Finally, when going into a business during this time of year, be cautious as floors may be slippery from excess water from clothing and shoes.
Kansas Slip and Fall Attorney
Even in the winter months, businesses have a legal responsibility to ensure their premises are safe for visitors. If you’ve been injured due to a slip and fall or other premises liability incident, we can help protect your future by fighting for the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Schedule a free consultation with Bretz Injury Law by calling (620) 234-8880.