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Spring cleaning property: Small ways to avoid big accidents

Property owners across Pennsylvania are more than ready to be done with the shoveling and deicing that comes with winter weather. With spring in full swing, home and business owners are opening windows and doors, spending time outside and generally taking advantage of the nicer weather.

However, property owners are not off the hook in terms of maintenance just because there isn't snow, sleet or ice to contend with. There are still several weather-related hazards that put people at risk of falls and other serious accidents. Below are some of the easiest things property owners can do to protect visitors, customers and themselves.

  1. Trim overgrown trees and bushes that block walkways or could fall.
  2. Clear stairways of debris like umbrellas, shoes and landscaping tools.
  3. Dry entryways and put out signage to warn of wet floors during and after rainfall.
  4. Unclog gutters and make sure downspouts are working properly and extended away from a building.
  5. Address any uneven walkways, potholes, crumbling curbs and other surface issues.
  6. Replace or install lighting in parking lots, entryways and any dark area accessible to invited guests or tenants.
  7. Remove or repair outdoor seating, playgrounds and other structures that may have been damaged during the winter.
  8. Inspect swimming pools and hot tubs; perform necessary maintenance to keep them safe and secure.

These are just some of the ways property owners can ensure their property is safe. Taking these steps can prevent accidents from every occurring in the first place.

If a property owner fails to do any of these things and an accident does happen, he or she can be held accountable for negligence and any damages suffered as a result of that negligence. If you or your loved one was injured because of a dangerous condition on someone else's property, then it can be important that you understand your options for legal action. You may be eligible for compensation, which can help you and your family recover from a serious accident.

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