Safety in Winter: Prevent Accidents During The Coldest Time of The Year
Winter is one of the most hazardous times of the year. With the beautiful white snow comes slippery surfaces at home or the workplace. It's probably occurred to most of us—a momentary loss of attention or a minor distraction ending in a slip or trip. Slipping on slipping on ice or a wet surface can cause an array of injuries, from a little bruise to an extremely severe wound. Research by the U.S Department of Labor indicates that slips, trips, and falls make up for 65% of all lost work days.
Not only that, the general weather changes. It gets dark earlier and people trust noting will happen. Slips and trips happen because of loss of traction between the walking surface and the shoe or contact with a movable object that may lead to a fall. During winter, indoor surfaces tend to be wet or greasy due to moisture tracked in by human traffic. Shoes and clothes may carry snow from outside into the house, leaving wetness that could potentially cause slip accidents.
Traction Control Procedures To Prevent slips
The holidays are happy times that should be filled with joy and celebration. It's essential to keep your loved ones safe from the cold of the winter, but most importantly, pay attention to the potential hazards of the snow. They're numerous ways to avoid slippery indoor and outdoor surfaces to prevent slip and fall accidents:
- Keep sidewalks and parking lots clean and in excellent repair condition
- Remove snow and ice from walkable surfaces around your home. If the elements are in excess, suspend the use of the spaces.
- Use anti-slip adhesive tapes in troublesome areas.
How Does Anti-Slip Tape work?
Anti-slip tape is an excellent, long-lasting, durable solution for most indoor surfaces. It features a grip-tape surface that improves underfoot traction and is ideal for surfaces with high risks of slip hazards.
The non-slip safe tape will not only keep your premise safe but also ensure your business is compliant with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.
Where to Put Anti-Slip Tape in Winter
During winter, the outdoors are just as important as the indoors when slip-proofing your home or business premises. Outdoor areas, particularly around doors, tend to cause unpleasant slip accidents.
The top places to consider when placing anti-slip tape include:
Entrances and Exits
Building entrances are the most problematic areas. Entrances accumulate contaminants, such as snow, dirt, and ice, which people's shoes may drag in. people walking absent-minded may slip on these contaminants, injuring themselves. Placing quality anti-slip tapes immediately inside and outside an entrance can significantly reduce the chances of slip accidents.
Stairs, whether indoor or outdoor, are major hazards in workplaces. Placing anti-slip tape before winter, especially on outdoor stairs prone to moisture, can increase traction, reducing slip risks.
Snow, mud, and rain don't just reduce the aesthetics of your home. They can be dangerous. The "wet floor" sign from the janitor's closet isn't enough to prevent slip and fall hazards. Adding anti-slip tape from Tape Providers to your winter PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is an excellent solution to keep your loved ones or employees safe during the holidays. The anti-slip safe tapes are hard-wearing and high quality to offer protection from slippery surfaces.
Other Hazards (And Solutions)
- The Darkness of the Winter: You should cover the entries and windows with Reflective Tape and the back of cars and trucks (and even the kid’s clothes if you are going out with them). The sun sets earlier, and the fog might make things hard to see, but having something that reflects the light can be the most cautious thing to do.
- Dangerous Zones: Either a construction, a soft spot that is half-frozen or a place around the house that is definitely not trustworthy needs to be marked. We recommend using Barricade Tape, so nobody gets close to the area and put themselves in danger.
In any case, you need to be ready, have an emergency kit on the car and have your vehicle ready to get out at any moment.
Whether it's slipping on ice, falling on an icy walkway, or getting cold being inside, you need to be protected. Consider all of these tips, and don’t become part of the winter statistics.