Moving house any time of the year can be stressful as well as a time where accidents such as slips, trips or falls can happen more often. However, moving house during winter time carries even more risks.
How can moving in winter cause more slips, trips or falls?
The coldness in winter can cause your body to slow down if it gets below a certain temperature. This means that you are less focussed on the task ahead and are more likely to have a slip, trip or fall due to this. Add to this the high chance of snow and ice and the roads and pathways can become treacherous to walk on let alone carry boxes on. This is when the chances of sustaining a slip, trip or fall injury increase dramatically.
How to be safer if moving during the winter?
The first thing you need to consider in order to avoid a slip, trip or fall injury is to dress appropriately. This means warm clothing and boots with plenty of grip on to avoid sustaining a fall injury on ice or snow. Also make sure your head and hands are covered so you do not lose too much body heat so you can focus more on the tasks you are doing.
What else should I do to avoid a slip, trip or fall?
If you know that you are going to have to walk over a pavement or path several times the next day and ice or snow is forecast then ensure that area is gritted so that the ice will not form on this area. You can get this from most DIY stores and this could be the difference between a safe move and a move in which slips, trips and falls happen. As well as this make sure the tyres on your vehicles are not too worn and ensure they are pumped up enough so that you do not have an accident.
If you have had a slip, trip or fall within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation claims such as slips, trips and falls. Speak to them today on their 24-hour freephone number to see if you could be eligible to make a claim.