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Protecting against hazards outside your businesses

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Premises Liability

Businesses have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their customers, employees and the public. This is true not only within their premises but also outside, where unaddressed hazards can pose risks to pedestrians and motorists alike.

If you own or run a business, it is important to take proactive measures to identify and mitigate these concerns.

Inspecting routinely

To prevent accidents on your property, conduct regular inspections of the exterior areas of your property. This involves checking sidewalks, parking lots and other outdoor spaces for any safety risks.

Maintaining walkways and parking lots

Repair cracks in sidewalks, fill potholes in parking lots and ensure that surfaces are even and clean to make them safer. Clearly designate accessible parking spaces and verify that the areas around them are free from obstacles. Proper surface maintenance helps prevent vehicle accidents and reduces the likelihood of pedestrian trips, slips and falls.

Installing adequate lighting

Good lighting is necessary for safety, especially during the evening hours. Install adequate lighting in outdoor areas to ensure that pathways, parking lots and entrances are well-lit and visible. This not only guards against accidents but also deters crime and enhances overall security.

Using clear signage

Clear signage and markings play a key role in guiding people safely around the exterior of a business. Use signs to indicate hazards such as wet floors or uneven surfaces, as well as to provide directions and instructions. Adding markings such as crosswalks and pedestrian lanes helps delineate safe pathways for pedestrians, while directional signs guiding parking lot flow reduce the likelihood of collisions.

By prioritizing safety in the areas surrounding your building, you contribute to the well-being and satisfaction of everyone who visits your business.