CLARK – Owning a home for the first time typically means encountering unfamiliar situations. New homeowners can become overwhelmed with the abundance of chores, repairs, and fix-it to-dos around their new abode — a top priority, however, is keeping a home safe from hazards that could create injuries.
“It is the responsibility of the homeowner to be sure that their property, even the sidewalks, are clear of any icy and hazardous conditions,” said Allstate New Jersey Exclusive Agent Mike Antenucci of Clark. “At Allstate New Jersey, we help our customers before they have a loss by providing them with critical tips on avoiding hazards that could create a slip and fall.”
While these tips are important to all homeowners, new homeowners may or may not be aware of the types of conditions that could cause someone to be injured on their property. The following are the top five outdoor areas of your home that could be hazardous:
Outdoor steps, especially brick or stone steps, can get very slippery when wet or covered by ice. And, if the bricks or stones are not securely affixed, then there is an added opportunity for danger. Harsh weather conditions, after all, can create crevices in cement or loosen bricks and stones.
Every stairway or steep walkway should have a strong and stable railing. If a visitor starts to slip, then he or she will instinctively reach for something for balance. New homeowners should check every railing outside the house to be sure they can withstand the panicked reach of a person falling.
Sidewalks are the responsibility of the homeowner. New homeowners need to know that an uplifted or buckled sidewalk is a hazard. Poorly maintained walkways and sidewalks are difficult for passers by to navigate. Harsh weather can create crevices in a sidewalk. Not only should a new homeowner clean and treat the surface their sidewalk or walkway the same as they do their driveway, they should repair and maintain the walkway responsibly.
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