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Indoor conditions can often invite slip-and-fall accidents

Indoor slip-and-fall accidents can often be prevented if property owners take action. There are several things that are hazardous indoors that these individuals should watch for. If there are hazards, they should take the time to correct them so that patrons of the business don't fall. Still, some don't do this and people fall.

One of the main hazards that businesses need to watch occurs when it rains or snows. Keeping entryways free of slippery conditions is difficult but necessary. Putting down mats, installing driers or fans and placing warning signage in the area are some of the options that might help to prevent slips. These same tactics can be used in the building if there is a spill or a slick area somewhere.

Another hazard to be vigilant about is trip hazards. These are items on the floors that can cause a person to lose his or her footing. Uneven surfaces, cords strewn across the floor and rugs are some of these hazards. Uneven floors should be labeled or corrected. Cord covers can help to prevent people from tripping on the cords. Rugs should be placed flat on the floor. Any rolling edges or folds should be addressed right away.

When people are hurt in an indoor slip and fall at a business, they might decide to seek compensation. This could help them to recover the money they have to spend on medical care and other facets of life after the injury. These injuries can be devastating, so preventing them from occurring is a much easier option than trying to scramble to treat one.

Source: FindLaw, "Indoor Slip and Fall Accident Conditions," accessed Feb. 09, 2018

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