The shortening of days and the cooling of the wind lets us all know that summer has ended and fall is upon us again. It’s a beautiful time of the year – comfortable jacket weather with no fear of sweat or freezing. Still, it has its own share of annoyances. Annoyances that have the potential to turn into hazards for the unwary or the unlucky. Here are some of them.
The most common autumn injuries at home are a result of the strain and repetition of cleaning up outside. When raking leaves you should choose a rake that fits your height with ergonomic handles. If you’re cleaning out your eavestrough of leaves make sure to have a stable ladder in good repair and make sure to have someone to hold the ladder in place.
Out and About
Leaves can be a problem when walking around your neighbourhood as well. They can hide holes or other damage in the sidewalks or road that can lead to injury. As the season wears on you should watch for frost patches in the early morning in shaded areas that might cause slipping.
On The Road
The same hazards that can get you while walking can do the same while driving as well. Remember too, that leaves can become slick when covered in rain which your car can skid on as easily as ice. The heavy rains that accompany the early fall can be a danger as well as the water might pool on top of oil that has no yet been rinsed off the road. The other road hazards involve visibility. Fog is best countered with careful driving and low beams (as high beams can reflect in a way that causes glare). It’s also important to scrape off or defog your windows to ensure a safe ride.
Watching out for these issues should keep you safe this autumn. Still the unexpected can happen, caused by your own bad luck, or potentially, the negligence of others. If you were harmed due to the failure in responsibility of other parties to keep you unhurt you should seek recompense with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Call Conte & Associates at 1-877-614-0008. Based in Vaughan, Conte & Associates works with clients in Vaughan and in the surrounding cities of: Thornhill, Woodbridge, Concord, Kleinberg, Maple and Richmond Hill.