Walking on wet floors can be tricky. Many a person with an unexpected injury can attest to that.
What Is The Best Way To Walk On Wet Floors?
Slipping and sliding on wet surfaces can be a hazard for those of us who are not used to doing it. When you’re working on your deck remodeling, for example, and the rain starts coming down while you’re trying to do something up high – well, that could turn into a broken leg!
To reduce the risk of this happening to yourself or someone else in your home, try these 13 tips:
- Take your time – rushing your movements on wet flooring is just asking for trouble. Be the tortoise, not the hare in this situation. As they say ‘slow and steady wins the race’.
- Slippery surfaces can be made safer by using a non slip mat, such as one of those little mats with rubber on the bottom that results in a ‘stickier’ connection to wet floor underneath.
- Wet floors will always be more slippery than dry ones – the water on them creates a slick layer. To make surfaces safer, clean up spills right away and use rags to wipe down your flooring before you try anything else that could cause slipping or sliding (such as mopping). While having a ‘slippery floor’ sign is important, it is no substitute for actually drying up the area asap.
- Pay attention to the direction you are traveling on the floor and if you need to change direction, do so carefully and methodically, making wide turns at corners. This is especially important in workplaces such as hospitals where there are corridors with right angle corners to navigate that may be slippery. The best idea is to make a habit of taking the corner wide everytime.
- Tile is another culprit when it comes to slipperiness on floors, so if you have tile flooring, make sure it’s sealed with a quality sealant that will help repel any spills. It may also be nessesary to apply acid etching slippery tiles to add additional grip to slippery tiles, especially in commercial settings such as hospital bathrooms and wash rooms.
- Adjust your stride to a pace that matches the slipperiness of the surface you are walking on. Always take note of the condition of any hard flooring you may be walking on so you can make the nessesary adjustments.
- You can also use some homemade remedies to combat slip risks – one such idea would be using salt or sand to provide more traction in slippery and icy outdoor areas.
- Walk with your feet pointing slightly outward to give yourself a slightly more balanced stance.
- When working in an area that you know is slippery, make sure that you are not wearing any footwear with slick soles (like sneakers) as they will make your feet slide, which could lead up in a nasty fall and injury. So instead invest in some nice boots for better traction.
- If you are going to be working on an oiled surface, such as a floor or deck that is made from wood, make sure it’s sealed with a quality sealant which will help repel any spills and reduce slip risks!
- Practice walking in wet shoes to get used and comfortable to the feel of things while holding on to a rail before working on a newly made slippery area.
- If you do happen to slip and fall, the best thing for your body is not to move it. Stay as still until help arrives or someone comes by that can provide assistance so they don’t hurt themselves too!
- While these tips are designed specifically with DIYers in mind (because we know accidents will sometimes be inevitable!), anyone who regularly walks on wet surfaces may find them helpful too.
Stay Safe! Bones are best when they stay unbroken!
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