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How can weather affect a slip-and-fall incident?

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2023 | Slip/Trip & Fall Accidents

Weather plays a huge role in people’s daily lives, influencing everything from clothing choices to outdoor activities. One aspect often overlooked is how weather conditions can significantly increase the risk of slip-and-fall incidents.

Understanding the connection between weather and slip-and-fall accidents is part of learning more about this topic.

Rainy days

On rainy days, wet surfaces become dangerous terrains. Pavements, roads and even indoor floors can become slippery, making it easier to lose balance and take a spill. With 6 severe storm events and 3 tropical cyclone events across America in just 2022, heavy rainfall is a common issue in some areas. However, even a small amount of rain can lead to falls.

The primary culprit is the thin layer of water that accumulates on surfaces, turning them into potential hazards. When store owners or property managers do not attempt to clear off walkways, accidents can happen.

Icy winters

Winter brings its own set of challenges, with icy sidewalks and frost-covered pathways posing significant threats. Ice patches, especially in shaded areas, can catch individuals off guard.

The sudden loss of traction on ice can lead to dangerous slips and falls. Property owners need to take precautionary measures like using salt to melt ice.

Snowy surfaces

While snow may evoke images of winter wonderlands, it can also contribute to slip-and-fall incidents. Compacted snow on sidewalks and other areas can create a slippery surface, particularly when it starts to melt and refreeze.

Being aware of the specific challenges posed by different weather conditions is key to preventing accidents. Under intense weather conditions, store owners and anyone managing a property need to pay special attention to clearing the area and making it safe to walk.