Avoiding Falls This Fall
Slips, trips and falls are among the most common types of accidents. Even worse, they're among the most common kinds of accidents causing permanent health problems. As the weather begins to cool and leaves begin to fall, opportunities for injury increase. Consider the following to reduce your chance of injury and to make your campus safer:
- Keep paths clean from leaves and other tree debris. When leaves are wet they can be especially slippery.
- Round seed pods have also caused serious injuries.
- Maintain trees and vegetation. Falling debris, overhanging branches and roots above the ground surface are all potential hazards. Trees are beautiful and contribute to our environment, however they come with the responsibility of proper maintenance and care.
- Schools are always active. Stay focused on your route of travel and be aware of your surroundings. Do not carry anything that obstructs your view.
- Cooler temperatures can result in frost and ice on walkways. Fix or report leaking pipes and sprinklers that cause water runoff onto pathways.
- Post warning signs on slippery walkways and stairways.
- Wear shoes with nonskid soles and flat heels when outside.
- As the days get shorter, campuses will get darker earlier. Be careful in dark walkways and parking lots. Fix or report any non-working lights. Carry a flashlight.
- Use pathways intended for pedestrians. Do not take short cuts.