If someone falls and gets hurt at your home, there’s a chance that you will be liable for their injuries and all of the costs associated with those injuries. Slip and fall claims do rely on the injured party being able to show that you were negligent in some way. If a person walking on even ground falls, that’s likely an accident. If they trip over a power cord you’ve ran across a doorway, however, that’s a dangerous situation you created. If you’re concerned about accidents in your home, here are some tips you can follow.
Use Nonskid Rug Pads
Rugs often slide when stepped on, especially if they’re put down over wood or linoleum. To make certain that doesn’t happen, make sure your rugs are slip-resistant or have nonskid pads attached to them. You can also tape them down with carpet tape.
Check Your Stair Railings
Stairs are one of the main causes of home accidents. You want to make certain the railing runs alongside your entire staircase and that any carpet on the stairs is securely tacked down. If your railings are loose, you want to replace them or tighten them down as soon as you can. Never place rugs at either the top or bottom of the stairs, and make certain all areas with stairs are well lit.
Put Away Hoses, Cables, and Cords when not in Use
While it may seem more convenient to leave your garden hose, extension cables, and other cords stretched out so they’re ready for the next time you need them, they’re an accident waiting to happen. If you need to stretch any type of extension cord or other cable across a doorway, always go up the wall and over the top of the door. If you don’t have enough cable to do that, look for other options or get a longer cable.
Always Mop Up Spills Quickly
Don’t leave any water or other liquid spills sit. Someone could come along, step in it, and fall. Clean up spills as quickly as you can, and make certain everyone knows that there’s a spill if you have to go get towels. These are just a few tips for making your home as safe as possible. You don’t want anyone to slip and fall at your home. If you happen to slip and fall somewhere and wonder if you have a claim, contact the office of Dr. Jeff Mollins. We will be able to guide you through the claims process.