One of the most prevalent safety issues in the home today are slips and falls. Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%) in the USA alone. Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls per annum. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year. You can help protect yourself with a few small changes to your home and a few key products purchased for your home.
Proactive Prevention around the home
- Create level walkways with little or no slope in and around the house.
- Do not have a raised threshold at the entry door. This will make it easier for strollers, wheelchairs, or rolling luggage.
- De-clutter your home. Remove loose items on the floor, the stairs, and in high traffic areas.
- Remove throw rugs or secure with No Skidding® anti-skid rug tape, as rugs can be a tripping hazard.
- Treat hard floor tile with No Skidding® Anti Slip Tile Treatment which boosts slip resistance for ordinarily slippery-when-wet surfaces caused by spills or tracked moisture from outside.
- Always clean up any spills immediately to avoid slipping.
- Ensure stair treads are deep enough for the entire foot, ideally 10 - 11 inches.
- Apply clear anti slip tape, clear anti slip aerosol sprays or use anti slip cleaning product on stairs.
- If using dimmer switches, ensure they are set at a bright enough level to help visibility.
- Use No Skidding® Photo luminescent glow-in-the-dark tapes or night-lights anywhere someone might need to walk in the dark. One should pay special attention to guest rooms. Those sleeping there might not be familiar with the layout of your house. Strategically placed glow-in-the dark tape will go a long way to minimize slip and falls in a dimly lit environment.
- In the event of a power outage, make sure that your home is equipped with flashlights at pre-agreed upon locations.
- A sufficient number of available outlets prevent the need for extension cords which can become a trip hazard.
Residential Wheel Chair Ramp with No Skidding Clear Anti Slip Tape Applied
- No Skidding® Anti Slip Tape on the front edge of steps in a contrasting color can help reduce slipping and adds a visual aid.
- Always use a ladder or step-stool to climb. It's too risky to climb on a chair. When climbing on a ladder, keep three points of contact: two feet on the rung and one hand on the ladder. Don't lean over; keep your body centered for balance. Ensure that the ladder has anti slip treads on each rung.
- Use No Skidding® Anti Slip Treatment, a No Skidding® Anti Slip Bathmat, No Skidding® Anti Slip Spray, or No Skidding® strips in the tub and shower to prevent slips in the tub.
- Install grab bars and tub grips to aid with balance and stability.
- Have handrails on both sides of stairs and steps. Make sure handrails go from the top to the bottom of stairs and if slippery ensure that handrails have No Skidding® Anti Slip Resilient tape on them in key areas.
- Choose tiles with greater texture to improve traction. Treat ceramic, porcelain, granite, quarry tile and other hard tile with No Skidding® Anti Slip Tile Treatment.
- Low pile carpeting reduces chance of tripping and works best for those who require wheelchairs.
- Anti Slip Tape used on outdoor stairs
- Use a Skidding® Anti Slip coating on garage floors that helps prevent slipping on slick surfaces and also resists ‘hot tire pick up’.
- Ensure that transitions between rooms are as level as possible. Use transition strips to help smoothly connect different flooring solutions.
- If you have a swimming pool apply No Skidding® PASSTM around the pool deck if the surface of the deck is cementitious or porous. If ceramic or similar then apply No Skidding Anti Slip Tile Treatment.