No matter where you are, if you’re invited onto a property as a guest, worker or consumer, then the property should be lit appropriately. Bad lighting can lead to many different problems, but among the worst is the risk for slipping or tripping and falling.
Even a seemingly minor fall can leave someone with broken bones or damage to their joints, tendons or ligaments. A fall into a sharp object or onto an edge could even lead to serious or fatal injuries, like a traumatic head injury or spinal cord damage.
Lighting needs to be sufficient for where you are
It’s also important to note that good lighting is about more than having an area lit up enough to make out where you’re going. It needs to be bright enough for the need. That means that someone working in an office should have a bright space where they can read or perform tasks. Someone walking down a hallway should have that hall lit brightly enough to easily avoid any items on the ground.
Trouble often occurs in buildings when the day turns to night because daylight is no longer adding an additional light source. Businesses or homeowners need to account for that by adding additional lighting or using brighter lighting to make pathways clear for guests or visitors.
Property owners should also watch out for lighting that burns out or that is defective. Lightbulbs should be replaced as soon as possible, and broken fixtures need to be repaired. That way, the likelihood of someone falling is much lower, and serious injuries can be avoided.