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Preventing slips and falls at an open house

When Connecticut residents host an open house, they may think more about their home’s appearance than its safety. However, people may slip or fall in a house if they are not aware of potential hazards. It is usually up to homeowners to ensure that their house is as safe as possible for guests.

While homeowners may not see potential hazards in their house, these may be immediately evident to other people. CRES Insurance Services says that because realtors are knowledgeable about open houses, they can point out places where visitors may slip or fall. Sometimes something as simple as loose carpeting can be dangerous when someone enters a house for the first time. Before the event, all potential hazards should typically be identified so they can be either fixed or clearly marked with a sign. These signs allow visitors to recognize potential dangers and take care.

There are also steps homeowners can take themselves to ensure their house is safe for visitors. According to Realtor.com, sidewalks and driveways should be inspected before an open house. This allows people to ensure that tripping hazards such as tree roots and cracks can be removed or fixed. These areas might need extra attention if there has recently been inclement weather. Raking leaves and shoveling snow can keep people from slipping outdoors.

The inside of a home should typically receive as much attention as the outdoors. Homeowners should generally make sure stairs are not slippery, and may want to replace broken railings and treads to ensure everyone is safe. Additionally, electrical cords should be kept out of walkways, and any spills should be quickly cleaned up.

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