Avoiding Slip-and-Fall Accidents on Your Property this Halloween
If you own property in New Jersey, you are required under the law to keep your home in a reasonably safe condition for visitors. During most of the year, this requirement is probably not much of a concern as your visitors are only close friends and family. On Halloween, however, you may have a number of strangers on your property. Young children, teenagers and adults that you have never met may be on your sidewalk, driveway, stoop, deck or patio. If one of them is hurt on your property, it could result in liability issues for you and your family.
The first step to preventing slip-trip-and-fall accidents this Halloween is to maintain your property. This means making repairs to cracks in your walkway, broken steps and uneven planks on your deck or patio. Since it is reasonable to expect strangers to visit on Halloween, you may want to post warning signs around dangerous areas. If you can’t fix a broken step before Halloween, place an orange cone and warning sign over the dangerous spot.
You can also help prevent accidents by keeping your walkway well lit. You may want to consider doing more than just turning on your porch light. If you have any spotlights or floodlights, you should direct them towards the sidewalk or towards your steps so that trick-or-treaters will be able to see where they are going.
Another way to keep your property safe is to keep it clear of water and debris. Sweep away any liquids that have built up on your walkways and move items from your sidewalk that visitors can trip on. Children who are wearing vision-restricting masks may not see the hazardous conditions before it is too late. Therefore, it is best to just remove the hazards.
You may want to call your insurance provider to discuss how you are covered and what you are supposed to do if someone is hurt. Ideally, your coverage will include support for injuries that occur on your property. If you have been injured due to a property owner’s negligence, the experienced Princeton premises liability lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help protect your legal rights and best interests.
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