Slip and fall accidents increase in the winter months - when snow and ice may be on the ground and when melted ice or rain in entryways can cause accidents. Follow the tips below to have a safe and injury-free winter season.

Winter Slip And Fall Safety Tips For Washington State

A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere and at any time. However, during the winter months, tripping and falling is more common due to weather conditions - and in a number of cases, victims can be seriously injured. Although slip and fall incidents can't be fully prevented, there are ways that you can lower your risk of being involved in a slip and fall accident here in Washington during the winter.

Here are some helpful slip and fall safety tips for Washington State in the wintertime:

· Be extra careful near storefronts and heavy traffic areas. Especially in the winter, the entrances and exits of grocery stores, shopping markets, and other retail stores can become slick with melted snow, water, mud, and ice as customers come and go in bad weather. Stores have a responsibility to keep these areas clean and dry, as well as to put up warning signs regarding the conditions, but many times they are negligent and people can get hurt.

· Wear low-heeled boots with good traction. Winter comes with icy and snowy conditions on the streets, driveways, and sidewalks, and wearing the correct footwear is the best step you can take toward preventing a slip and fall accident. Carry your low-traction shoes or heels with you to work to change into, or leave a pair there permanently.

· Don't rush. In cold weather, it is easy to rush through the streets as fast as you can, not paying attention to your surroundings and with a coat, scarf, and hat often blocking your peripheral vision. Even with frigid temperatures, it is important to take in your surroundings, look for approaching obstacles, and watch your step as you move carefully along.

· Know that property owners have a responsibility to keep their walkways, parking lots, and outdoor spaces free from dangerous snow and ice. It's easy to put the blame on yourself if you slip on snow or ice, but many times the snow or ice that you fell on should have been shoveled away or otherwise removed by the property owners. If it wasn't they maybe negligent and responsible for your slip and fall injury.