Good lighting can prevent falls and injuries to guests

Poor lighting might not seem like a big deal during the day, especially if windows are nearby. However, when the light fades outside, lackluster lighting can become a real risk to those walking down hallways or through rooms.

Medical facilities, in particular, have an obligation to maintain good lighting. Without good lighting, procedures could go wrong, patients could trip and fall and staff members could find themselves struggling to complete their work.

What causes poor lighting conditions?

Poor lighting conditions are usually caused by lights that burn out and aren't replaced or by poor lighting arrangements. Poor lighting conditions can also be a result of using the wrong bulbs for a lighting fixture or choosing the wrong type of lighting covers.

What should property owners do to reduce the risk of liability for falls?

Medical facilities have an obligation to patients. They need to keep up clean, bright facilities. To help with lighting, all lighting covers should be cleaned, front and back, to keep them clear. Additionally, if more light is needed, extra sconces and push lights can be added to patient's rooms and halls. Some are motion-activated, making them easy to use without adding additional switches.

Another tip is to change the type of light bulb being used. Cooler-toned lights seem brighter, while warmer tones give a peachy glow to rooms. Daylights provide light similar to what's given off by the sun. Choosing the right bulb can make a significant difference in the appearance of the hallway or room you're looking to brighten.

Property owners have an obligation to protect guests from hazards. Keeping lighting in good condition is just one way to help prevent injuries.

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