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Have You Taken the Proper Fall Precautions for Summer Landscaping & Repairs?

Summer is finally here, and throughout Boulder, the sounds of lawnmowers, tree trimmers, saws, and more fill the air. As you gear up to take care of landscaping and repairs around the home, make sure that you have taken the proper fall precautions. A few moments of prevention are always better than hours in an emergency room and months in a cast.

Check the Ladder

Never climb up a ladder without inspecting it first. Make sure that all rungs and stiles are in good condition. Check the hardware to confirm it’s tight and not missing screws, bolts, rivets, etc. Finally, make sure all locks and latches are functional. When you use the ladder, adhere to the ladder’s safety guidelines and always make sure to place it on a flat and firm surface.

Check Your Tread

Make sure you have sufficient tread on your shoes to ensure proper traction as you walk across the grass, wet patios, decks, etc. Never attempt to perform landscaping or home repairs while wearing flip flops, sandals, or ill-fitting footwear.

Check the Steps, Stones, and Handrails

Inspect your exterior stairs, stone pathways, concrete sidewalks/patios, and decks for loose stepping stones, cracks, and settling. Mark any issues you find and promptly repair them. It’s also advisable to test the railings on your deck to ensure they are firm and secure, so they don’t give way if someone leans on them.

Check the Weather

Colorado’s weather is fickle, and yesterday’s weather report may not match today’s. Before heading outside or up on the roof, check the weather to make sure rain or heavy winds aren’t forecast for the day. If bad weather does rise over the horizon, put the tools down and head inside until it passes.

Clear Out Debris

Piles of leaves, grass clippings, discarded soil, roofing materials, construction debris, etc., should be promptly removed and disposed of properly. Leaving these items around creates a significant slip and fall hazard that’s easily eliminated.

These fall precautions can help you get all the work around the house done so you can have a fun and safe summer without suffering a slip and fall accident. But, just because you’re carefully creating a safe environment doesn’t mean others will as well. If you have a slip, trip, or fall, contact the team at Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover, P.C. at (303) 447-1144, and we’ll schedule a consultation to discuss your potential claim.

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