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As winter rolls in with its icy grip, the risk of slips and falls increases exponentially. Snow and ice turn sidewalks, driveways, and stairs into potential hazards. At Kaiman & Crahan, we believe in prevention first. Here are some tips to help you navigate the winter season safely.

1. Clear Snow and Ice Regularly

One of the most effective ways to prevent winter-related accidents is by keeping your property clear of snow and ice. Shovel your driveways, sidewalks, and steps regularly. When it comes to ice, a de-icing product can be a game-changer. Remember, as a property owner, you are responsible for ensuring safe access to your property.

2. Wear Appropriate Footwear

Your stylish sneakers might not be the best choice for a snowy day. Shoes with non-slip soles or a well-defined tread will provide better traction on icy surfaces. Consider investing in slip-on ice cleats for additional stability.

3. Stay Alert

During winter, it’s essential to be aware of your surroundings. Look out for black ice and avoid areas where ice is common like shaded spots and drainage areas. Be mindful of your steps and take the time to navigate safely.

4. Proper Lighting

Ensure that the exterior of your home is well-lit. Good lighting can help you and others see icy patches at night and avoid potential falls.

5. Stay Balanced

Keep your center of gravity over your front leg when walking on an icy or snowy surface. Take short steps or shuffle for stability. If you can, avoid carrying heavy loads as they can offset your balance.

6. Use Handrails

When available, always use handrails, especially on icy stairs. They can provide much-needed stability and support.

7. Get Up Safely After a Fall

If you do fall, avoid jumping right back up. Roll over onto your knees and push yourself up using your hands and knees.

At Kaiman & Crahan, we’re committed to not just helping our clients navigate personal injury lawsuits, but also to prevent injuries from happening in the first place. However, if you do suffer a fall due to someone else’s negligence, remember that we’re here to help you seek the compensation you deserve. Stay safe this winter!

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