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Improving Floor Safety in Your Home or Business

14/09/2021

To lower the risks of slips and trips, it’s crucial to inspect the flooring and make the right floor choice in the first place (or replace the existing one if it presents serious dangers). For example, a torn carpet or cracked tiles will require replacement or repair to improve area safety.

Improving floor safety in your home or business

As floors are regular contact surfaces, we should pay attention to what could possibly happen as people walk or run through those surfaces.

For instance, smooth hard surfaces make slips a possibility (it can happen anytime) and that incorrect cleaning can further increase the risks. Although slip-resistant footwear might help a bit in avoiding accidents, still the best solution is to make the floor slip-resistant in the first place.

Another danger is uneven flooring. Even a 1cm change in height could cause a trip or fall. This can happen in damaged tiles and concrete as well as the uneven laying of carpet. Instead of being cautious whenever we walk through those imperfections, it’s best to remove them so as to completely get rid of the risk. This may require replacing the floor type with a more appropriate one (depends on the area usage) or repairing the damaged spots or areas.

Inspecting your floors for safety problems

Even without an intentional inspection, most likely you’ve already noticed the problem or someone informed you. Although it seems a small problem, the risks are still there and you have to deal with it early on before the floor causes any serious accident.

To identify those risks and again spot the problems, one way is to look for loose or curling matting as well as broken concrete, chipped tiles and torn carpet. You should note even the smallest damages and problems as they could still get bigger and worse (and eventually cause a slip, trip or fall). Also note of the areas that could get slippery especially the high-traffic ones (e.g. in the cook area, entry points). For instance, areas near the fryer or general cooking could get slippery because of spills.

Once you’ve identified those risks and dangers, it’s time to decide if those require a flooring repair or replacement. In most cases minor repairs are already enough. But for a few cases where you want to ensure safety or that the floor is already in a bad and hazardous condition, a total replacement is recommended.

When it comes to new flooring installation, you can contact us today here for a free no-obligation quote. We can also give you helpful advice on what flooring type to choose depending on the area usage and your personal preferences. For more than 45 years customers have been choosing us for their flooring requirements.