Of all the seasons, one of the most hazardous is winter. With heavy Illinois snows and the ice that comes with it, everyone has to take extra precautions when outside. It is easy to slip and fall on unseen ice buried beneath the snow. For homes and businesses, the ice that surrounds your property is a liability. For your safety and for the safety of others, you have to mitigate the risk as much as possible. 

Insuramatch explains how if a person slips and falls on the ice, you are responsible for medical costs and damages. Likewise, if you fall on another person’s property that person may also be responsible. To slip and fall on the ice is no laughing matter. It can result in broken bones, dislocations or sprains. In more severe cases, if a person hits his or her head on impact, he or she may consequently suffer a traumatic brain injury. 

You cannot control the weather, but this does not mean that you cannot prevent accidents. After a snow, you will want to shovel the snow. You should do this whenever the snow and ice begins to build up on your property. Walkways should be clear and without hazards. 

In addition, you can use a deicing agent to help prevent slipping. Deicing agents include salt, cat litter and sand. Remember that the sun does set earlier and hence it is a good idea to make sure that all of your outdoor lighting functions properly. 

The above information is for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice.