I am on the planning committee for our church’s ladies retreat. At the first meeting, I was sitting waiting for it to start when a very animated woman walked in carrying a donut-shaped pillow. She placed it in her chair and gingerly sat down. Someone inquired and here’s the bottom line of the story – she slipped and fell on a wet floor at a restaurant. That business should have read my December blog post on our Commercial Division. Advantage number three: ‘Mats also help during inclement weather to prevent slip hazards.’
According to fallsarentfunny.org, more than 2.2 million American’s visit the emergency room because of an accidental fall, and every 8 seconds, someone is injured because of a slip or fall. I read on a number of sites that the number three main cause of a slip or fall is wet floors. There are a number of ways to combat this problem, and one is by using a mat. Unfortunately mats themselves can cause a trip or be a fall hazard so it is important to use the proper mat. According an on-line article by the Healthy Facilities Institute, there are over 50 types of floor mats in existence for commercial use. That’s a lot of information to sift through, so I’m here to share a few things with you.
• Size does matter – use a mat large enough so it is not kicked around or stepped over.
• Mats should be constructed to lay flat. If they begin to curl, consider replacing or taping the corners down.
• They should be designed in a way that will stop and store water and dirt right there.
• They should be safe and slip resistant.
Debbie has a great sense of humor and laughed about the incident as she shared it with us. But falling is no laughing matter. There is a link to the article below should you need more detailed information. If after reading the link below you have questions about mats, call A Cleaner World’s Commercial Division Manager at 336-870-6299. He is an expert in this area. Be safe out there!