PROBLEM AREAS: AT HOME
Home may be where the heart is, but it’s also the location of the majority of slip-and-fall accidents. In this section we touch on the two rooms of the home where 63% of the slip-and-fall accidents occur – the bathroom and kitchen. We also provide thoughts on both preventing and mitigating accidents in other parts of the home including basements, hallways and garages.
The combination of water, grease and lots of activity make the kitchen a space in the home where slips and falls often occur. The type of flooring that you have in your kitchen can go a long way to determining the potential for accidents. However, there are a number of factors in the kitchen, such as utensils and appliances on the countertops, that can exacerbate both the chances of and ancillary dangers from a slip and fall.
Water, water everywhere in your bathroom! As our Thom Disch wrote in “Stop the Slip”, over 200,000 emergency room visits in 2008 were the results of slip and fall injuries in the bathroom. Of this number, fully two-thirds were related to the bathtub or shower. Everyone loves shiny tubs, showers and floors and it’s precisely that smooth surface that becomes treacherous when wet. We’ll recommend effective and attractive ways to make dangerous, slippery surfaces a lot safer.
From bedrooms and basements to your garage, driveway and sidewalk, we discuss the simple preventative steps you can take to reduce the risk of a slip or fall and the tools available to mitigate the hazards.
As always, we encourage you to call our Handi-Treads Stop-the-Slip experts to discuss your unique situation and the possible solutions to slip, trip or fall hazards you face.