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Hazards to watch out for when you're outside this summer

During the summer, people often have more free time and a greater desire to spend time outside enjoy the warmth and sun. People typically spend more time at a neighbor's house, visiting friends, shopping and going out to eat.

These outings are typically uneventful. However, that can change if there are dangerous conditions on a property that put visitors, guests or customers in danger. This summer, it can be wise to beware of common outdoor hazards that can cause a slip-and-fall accident.

Unsafe flooring surfaces

There are many factors that can make outdoor flooring surfaces unsafe. Some examples include: 

  • Torn or pulled-up carpet or rugs
  • Wet, slippery floors
  • Uneven pavement
  • Flooring with holes or cracks


Obstacles -- especially unexpected obstacles -- can also create a dangerous condition outside. This can include:

  • Cords stretched across the floor
  • Sharp objects sticking out of a wall
  • Falling debris
  • Trees, shrubs or other landscaping that blocks authorized access
  • Objects cluttering up stairwells


It might stay lighter outside later, but proper lighting is crucial for outdoor safety. Property owners should be sure they avoid the following types of lighting hazards.

  • Insufficient lighting in parking lots
  • Broken lighting in stairwells
  • Improperly wired lighting that causes electric shock

Preventing these hazards, avoiding accidents

Property owners in Missouri can prevent these hazards by regularly and thoroughly inspecting their property. Should anyone find or report an unsafe condition, a property owner should address it quickly and thoroughly. Such actions can help people avoid painful accidents.

Unfortunately, not all these accidents can be avoided. If you or your loved one is seriously injured after slipping, tripping or falling on someone else's property because of an unsafe condition, then it is important to discuss your case with an attorney. If a property owner's negligence caused an accident, then there may be financial compensation available.

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