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A Safe and Slip Free Winter with Handi-Treads

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With the wintry season on the horizon, it’s time again to think about keeping the family safe from injuries.  With the combined rising costs of, it may be time to think outside the box.

Fortunately, there is a solution already in play for homeowners concerned about safety and preventable bumps and bruises.

Non slip treads are what they are call the solution to preventing slips, trips, and falls.  Manufactured by Handi-Ramp in Libertyville IL, a suburb of Chicago, these treads are designed to be mounted on any surface leading to the front door, back porch, or other entrances.


According to a statement by Handi-Ramp, the treads, which are made from 100% aluminum, will never rust or corrode when subjected to the harshest weather, should reduce or eliminate your need for salting.  Unlike non slip grit tape and grip paint, treads will not need to be replaced every couple months due to wear and tear.  It may also be good to point out that treads feature a lifetime residential warranty for those locations with heavy foot traffic.

One of the many statistics cites that slip and falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits each year, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%), and of those 8 million, 22% of slip/fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work.

What is the most serious injury after a fall?  Hip fractures.  They account for 5% of the people who experience a slip and fall.  But the home is not the only place where people fall.  It happens in nursing homes too.  Hip fractures account for 40% of the number of nursing home admissions and are the sixth leading cause of death among people aged 70 years or older.

Falls can be prevented, and it does not have to cost an arm and a leg to do so. 

Handi-Ramp makes sure of that. 

Months of research and product development went into the design and structure of each style of treads.  Currently, they stock daily seven different options to choose from.

But it does not stop there.  Handi-Ramp also manufactures treads to fit every imaginable, situation.  Just recently an installation for the DuPage County Forest Preserve was completed.  The project entailed 492 custom treads, each 114” long, 3.75” wide.  Pictures can be seen on their Facebook page (link here).

The number of falls each winter can be reduced or prevented with Handi-Ramps products.  Call 800-876-7267 to see if treads can help you, or visit www.handiramp.com

 

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Falls are the Seventh Most Common Cause of Death

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According to the National Safety Council in the NSC's recently released 2012 edition of Injury Facts®. One of the charts in this book depicts the odds of dying from various causes based upon an analysis of deaths in the US in 2008.

You can see this chart here.

The chart starts with the fact that everyone will die, it then lists the most frequent causes of death, the most frequent are:

 

  1. 1 in 6 people died from Heart Disease
  2. 1 in 7 people died from Cancer
  3. 1 in 29 people died from Stroke
  4. 1 in 98 people died from Motor Vehicle Incidents
  5. 1 in 109 people died from Intentional Self Harm
  6. 1 in 126 people died from Unintentional Poisoning And Exposure To Noxious Substances
  7. 1 in 163 people died from Falls
  8. 1 in 321 people died from Assault by Firearms
  9. 1 in 368 people died as a Passenger in a Car
  10. 1 in 701 people died as a Pedestrian
  11. 1 in 761 people died as a Motorcycle Rider
  12. 1 in 1,103 people died from Accidental Drowning
  13. 1 in 1,344 people died from Exposure to Smoke, Fire and Flames
  14. 1 in 4,381 people died as a Pedalcyclist

 

Many of these statistics were not surprising, heart disease, cancer, stroke and motor vehicles all seem to be in line with reasonable expectations (if one can have a reasonable expectation about death and dying). I was very surprised by number 5, I would never have guessed that the fifth cause of death in 2008 was Intentional Self Harm, which I guess in government speak is suicide. Just under 1 percent of deaths in 2008 were from suicide, wow that is much higher than I would have expected. The seventh most common cause of death was from falls, which the government typically includes falls from a different level (stairs, ladders, and the like) and falls on the same level, which most of us think of as slips and trips.

Of course this "deaths from falls" number is the tie in to this blog. 0.6% of the people that died in 2008 died as a consequence of a fall. Putting this in perspective with other causes of death:

  • You are twice as likely to die from a slip and fall injury as you are from firearms assault.
  • You are almost seven times more likely as likely to die from a slip and fall injury as you are from drowning.
  • You are eight times more likely to die from a slip and fall injury as you are from a fire.
  • You are 27 times more likely to die from a slip and fall injury than you are from riding your bike.
  • You are 500 times more likely to die from a slip and fall accident than you are from exposure to hornets, wasps and bees.
  • and finally,
  • For every 3 people that died from a motor vehicle accident, 2 died from a slip and fall accident.

The most interesting thing about this is that we can all take actions to reduce the number of slip and fall accidents and actually save lives.

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HandiTreads™ Provide Great Traction in Any Environment, Even Underwater

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Although slips and falls are more common in the winter because of snow and ice, they are still extremely common no matter what time of year. With this year’s June being so hot, more people have been going to pools, beaches, lakes, etc. to cool off. As we all know by seeing the yellow slippery floor sign on store floors, water can make almost any surface dangerous to walk on. Most people would think Handi- Treads are only necessary in slippery environments caused by some form of snow and ice; however HandiTreads are designed to create unparallel traction in any environment.

Our aluminum treads are designed to work with these elements, which is why Handi-Treads are great to use in an unsafe or slippery environment caused by water. Handi-Treads are not just extremely durable; they will not rust even if they are subject to underwater conditions. Piers, walkways, and stairs can be made safe in minutes with our easy-to-install treads. Handi-Treads can be installed on
any surface including (but not limited to) wood, concrete, masonry, metal, etc. Knowing that situations and environments are different for everyone, we offer treads in a variety of sizes and colors to fit your personal needs.

Unlike grip tape and non slip paint, water and the environment will not reduce the quality of traction over time which makes Handi-Treads a long-term solution that requires basically no maintenance. With the average slip and fall injury producing medical bills in the thousands, taking action to prevent a slip and fall injury before it happens is crucial. The durability and no rust features of our treads make it a perfect solution to preventing slips and falls caused by water and any other element.

 

 

 

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The Cost of Falling, and the Cost of Handi-Treads

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With the current state of the economy, people simply can’t afford to miss work, especially due to an injury. Approximately 25,000 people go to the hospital every day as a result of a slip and fall accident and 65% of all lost workdays are due to slip and fall accidents which results in 95 million lost workdays per year. These injuries can produce some expensive medical bills, with the average cost of a slip related injury exceeding $12,000. Although slipping and falling is more common among older individuals, these injuries can happen to anyone in almost any environment.

Most people buy a home security system after a burglary has taken place, and the same can be said about individuals who fall and then buy non-slip safety products. Handi –Treads™ are specifically designed to prevent slipping and falling in any environment, and can be installed in minutes on almost any surface. The average cost for a Handi-Tread is about $10 while fall related injuries can produce a medical bill in the thousands.

Handi-Treads are a simple and cost effective way to make any hazardous environment a safe one. Preventing one fall or even a missed day at work will enable Handi-Treads to pay for themselves instantly. Handi-Treads are available in standard sizes to fit your stairs, handicapped ramp, or slippery walkway, but these treads can be manufactured in custom sizes and colors to fit your individual needs and environment.

Medical care, insurance, and any other health related expense has been steadily increasing for years, which puts more stress on staying healthy. The statistics relating to slip and fall accidents are extremely alarming and clearly show the need for products such as Handi-Treads. Installing treads is such a fast, simple, and cost effective safety precaution that there is no reason someone should slip and fall. The best way to prevent an accident is to take action before it happens.

 

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Treads Versus Nonslip Tape And Non-Slip Paint

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Our local park district runs a platform tennis program. For those of you who don’t know the game it is similar to tennis but on a court one third the size of a tennis court and it is played outside during winter. Here’s a YouTube video. Because this game is played during winter the stairs around the courts and the paddle hut will get very slippery because of the snow.

Non-Slip Tape Failure Two years ago I noticed the Park District putting down grip tape on the stairs. I thought this would be a good opportunity to set up a comparison between the treads and non-slip tape so I volunteered to put some treads down side by side with the nonslip tape as a comparison test. The grip tape was applied according to manufacturer’s instructions in nice warm weather on clean dry steps. The Handi-Treads were installed in the middle of a snow storm (See Installation Video On YouTube). The nonslip tape did not last very long as it started to peal up after the first few snows (as seen in the picture on the right).

By the end of the first winter almost all of the nonslip tape had pealed up. So when year two began I thought the park district would ask me to install HandiTreads on all of the steps, but new management had arrived and they wanted to try nonslip paint. So this past year the HandiTreads were compared against nonslip paint. Within just a couple of months we discovered that the nonslip paint simply wore off the steps.

Comarison of HandiTreads to Nonslip Tape and Non-Slip Paint

Here is a photo display of the three products. While I still don’t know if the park district will ask us to install HandiTreads for next year I now have photographic proof of the durability of the HandiTreads.

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Paula Abdul Settles Slip and Fall Law Suit for $900,000

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During a taping of American Idol back in 2009, Jill Kohl claimed she took a nasty fall in Paula Abdul's driveway.  Ms. Abdul agreed to pay $900,000 to settle this law suit and the production company agreed to pay an additional $100,000.  Total settlement for this slip and fall incident: $1 million.

See the full stroy as reported in TMZ: http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/22/paula-abdul-jill-kohl-settlement/#.T0fqKKg2x8E

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Slips and Falls and the Law

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It should not surprise anyone that when you do a Google search for “slip and fall” the majority of the listings are for law firms. Seven of the first ten free (also known as organic) listings were for law firms and all eleven ads were for law firms. The law firms that were advertising here are spending over $13.00 for each visitor that clicks on their ad.

Slip and Fall injuries are big business. Big legal business. According to the National Floor Safety Institute the average cost to defend a law suit is $50,000. But the average judgment if a case goes to trial is $100,000. (See CostHelper.com: http://personalfinance.costhelper.com/slip-fall-lawsuit.html)

However most slip and fall injuries result in minor injuries and the cost for these occurrences is usually around $12,000 according to a Wausau Insurance Study. The bottom line is that slip and fall injuries are a serious concern for everyone and we all need to take precautions to reduce and avoid these accidents.

Of course I shouldn't need to remind you that HandiTreads are a great way to reduce the number of slips and falls in your home or office: http://www.handiramp.com/nonskidtreads.htm

 

 

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