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Slips, Trips and Falls are No Laughing Matter
For most of our lifetimes, comedic pratfalls have always generated laughs from audiences. Whether Charlie Chaplain, Chevy Chase or Kevin James, the bumbling antics of the lead actor make a slip, trip or fall seem innocent and innocuous. After all, who hasn’t seen someone gyrate hysterically as they try to catch their balance on a slippery floor or snowy step?
In the end, everyone has a good laugh. No harm, no foul.
Sadly, that’s not the reality of slips, trips and falls. By almost any measure, slip, trip, and fall injuries are a healthcare crisis in the United States.
Here are some sobering statistics. Seven times as many Americans die from the results of falls each year as die from the flu. Falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injury. And according to a CDC 2014 report, slips, trips and falls are the number one cause of emergency room visits every year.
Think about that for just a moment. Not only is there a tremendous personal cost measured in pain and recovery for the person who has fallen, but also billions of dollars in healthcare costs related to emergency room visits, treatments and rehabilitation.
A Personal, Healthcare and Financial Problem Yearning for a Solution
Given the scope and cost of the slip, trip and fall problem, you might think that the free market would have rallied to find solutions. The reality is that there has not been an effective response by the marketplace, and it’s baffling to me.
Here’s an example. If you have had a toddler, you probably went through the process of child-proofing your home. Turning to Home Depot or Ace Hardware for solutions, you likely found a dedicated section in the store with child safety products for virtually every hazardous condition. In addition, if you asked a store associate for expert advice, they were likely familiar with the child-proofing products. If they didn’t have expertise in the products, they knew an employee who did.
Walk into the same Home Depot or Ace Hardware today and your experience will be very different when searching for slip and fall solutions. Not only will you not find a section of the store dedicated to slip, trip and fall hazards, you’re not likely to find a single store employee knowledgeable about the problem or solutions.
In other words, for those looking to reduce the number one cause of emergency room visits – slips, trips and falls – there is no section in your local big box or hardware store dedicated to satisfying your needs.
Handi-Treads.com is Your Slip, Trip and Falls Solutions Store
HandiTreads.com was created to fill this void and to become your single source for slip, trip and fall research, recommendations and solutions. Our website was designed to help you evaluate potential hazards, to recommend solutions and provide you with the expert advice needed to make thoughtful choices on the most effective and affordable ways to reduce the potential for slips, trips and falls.
The fastest to find a range of solutions to your specific residential or commercial slip, trip and fall condition is to use our exclusive Stop-the-Slip Configurator. In less than 60 seconds we’ll sort through the best options and provide you with buying resources.
Finally, the HandiTreads.com slip, trip and fall experts are also available, by phone, chat or email to answer your questions.
Call us today at (847) 680-7700 for a free consultation.