The days are getting shorter and cooler, and we here in Sacramento are hoping for lots of rain this winter to help our drought. In addition to thinking about warmer clothing, hearty soups and umbrellas, it is a good time to be aware of winter safety tips as well. One of the dangers of wet, and especially icy, weather that is often not discussed in our generally mild climate, is the risk of falling.
Wet surfaces often mean slippery surfaces. One of the danger zones during wet weather can be the entrance to an office building or store, where the water, dirt and oil from visitors’ wet shoes is deposited, creating a slick and hazardous walking area. It can be difficult to maintain one’s footing in such an area. Often, but certainly not always, businesses will put up signs to create awareness of the hazard. It is important to be aware and careful of the walking surface on wet days, but often we are rushing around and do not always remember to step cautiously. Certain types of flooring are more prone to cause slipping. Marble, ceramic and other smooth tiles are key offenders.