Posted by: Kelley Dees | March 25, 2011

Solutions for Living: Reducing slips and falls

Today’s post is the second in our series “Solutions for Living.” We’ll be discussing ways to reduce slips and falls and some of the solutions and products that are available.

Reducing Slips and Falls: These solutions add traction for snow and ice, create slip-resistant surfaces, and provide anti-slip coverings.

  • Safety floor mats come in a variety of shapes, styles, and are made to suit a variety of purposes. There are many available for kitchens, but there are also non-traditional styles emerging that are suited and styled for bathrooms as well. Safety floor mats absorb moisture and provide traction. Most mats also have a gripping surface on the bottom to prevent the mat from shifting.
  • Non-skid tread strips are a relatively inexpensive way to add traction to stairs, whether indoors or outdoors. Most of the varieties come in a package similar to tape and you apply it just like you would apply tape, in whatever length you would like. There are several different styles, including those that have a glow or shimmer to them, making them visible at night as well.
  • Rug grip tape is a great solution to rugs on slippery floors. Once applied, you won’t even know it’s there.
  • Slip-resistant work boots provide extra traction on wet and icy surfaces. Many over-the-ankle styles also provide protection for your ankles in the event that you do fall, you are less likely to turn an ankle and receive further injury.
  • Snow and ice traction cleats are great for outdoor walking or work and add more traction and stability to any traditional shoe. Even if you have slip-resistant boots, cleats can add extra traction and extra protection from slips and falls.
  • Ice melting material helps melt stubborn thick ice. Many varieties also increase traction while melting snow and ice.
  • An ice prong is essential for anyone using a cane or crutches during the winter months. An ice prong is basically a cleat for your cane or crutches and is easily installed and removed.

Check out the other posts in the Solutions for Living series:

Disclaimer: The University of Wyoming, Wyoming AgrAbility and its project partners, and the United States Department of Agriculture do not endorse or recommend any of the products or websites described at the exclusion of other suitable products or websites. The author’s opinion of the safety and effectiveness of the products is based on the representations of the companies that produce them and assume that all directions as to their use have been followed.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from Solutions for Living: Everyday tools for ranchers and farmers, a publication of Wyoming AgrAbility and the University of Wyoming/Cooperative Extension Service. The full brochure can be viewed here (1.7 MB file).

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