Doing Your Part to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

Doing Your Part to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

Officials with the National Safety Council are talking about slips, trips and falls, in an effort to help to keep you safe. What they’re trying to do is to encourage residents to practice the safest behaviors around some of the top causes of these kinds of accidents, preventable injuries and fatalities.

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Our St. Louis slip and fall accident lawyers are here to help you to make your home safe from some of these hazards. Did you know that falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in our homes? With the summer upon us, we’re pointing out that it’s the perfect time to make those much-needed adjustments and improvements to help to prevent these kinds of accidents.

One of the most important things you can do is to go over ladder safety. Many of us aren’t on ladders every day, but when that time comes — we want to be safe.

Ladder Safety Tips:

-Make sure that the ladder you’re using fits the job you’re trying to do.

-Read directions before using.

-Make sure that the area has no visible hazards. Remove cords and other objects that are sitting nearby.

-Never stand any higher than the third stair from the top of a ladder.

-Avoid using ladders outside when it’s windy or the weather is poor. If you’re working and the weather turns — get down.

-Always keep at least one hand and two feet on a ladder at all times.

Did you know that falls account for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency department annually? These falls are especially common among older residents (over the age of 54). They’ve been proven to be prone to falls, resulting in serious injuries that can wind up changing their lives forever. And the older you are — the higher your risks. Those over the age of 54 see four times the number of fall fatalities than any other age group.

To help to eliminate your risks, your best bet is to make sure you’re getting regular exercise. This is going to help with your strength and balance. It’s also a good idea to look over your medications. Make sure there are no side effects that may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Check Your Vision. Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update your eyeglasses to maximize your vision. Poor vision greatly increases your risk of falling.

Lastly, you should fall-proof your home. This means making it safer by getting rid of an trip hazards. You can also add grab bars and improve the lighting in your home. Make your walkways clear and your home bright. It could wind up saving your life.

Unfortunately, businesses and property owners do not always take such precautions seriously. When a guest suffers a fall on commercial property, a business or property owner may be held accountable for medical bills and other damages. Such cases are best handled in consultation with an experienced St. Louis injury attorney.

If you or a family member has been injured in a slip and fall accident, we have the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact us online or by phone at 1-636-946-6886 for a free and confidential consultation.

More Blog Entries:

Slip and Fall Accidents Among Leading Cause of Injury in St. Louis, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, June 21, 2011

Slip and fall accidents in St. Louis nursing home facilities often a sign of neglect, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, September 11, 2010

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