How much attention do we give to Slippery Stairs and ramps?
Far too often, we look at Slippery Stairs and ramps and don’t notice what hazards are involved in using those flights of stairs. We consider the stairs as a means to get from the top to the bottom or vice versa. Subconsciously, our brains are trying to work out where the hazards are. Customers ask, who is responsible for making sure the stairs are safe to walk on? And which measures are supposed to be implemented to avoid anyone getting injured?
We often research and learn that the most frequently asked question in the U.S.A. is, “How do I make my stairs and ramps less slippery?” Second to that is “how to stop stairs from being slippery? And just because it’s the most frequent question, that doesn’t mean it’s answered every time. In fact, in most cases, the answer is either vague or unanswered. Almost every time, the question is not answered correctly or at all.
Our experience operating in more than 20 countries makes us know a bit about slippery floors. Over the years, we have helped customers from the residential, commercial, and industrial markets find a solution to their Slippery Stairs and ramps, and we would love to help you, too.
How to Evaluate Your Stairs
The first step to a foolproof evaluation of slippery floors is to understand the purpose of the area. We know that the function of stairs is to get from one place to another. But what we mean is, is the staircase used for a residential, commercial, or industrial application? For example, on a staircase in a residential environment, the probability of people walking on the stairs barefoot is high. Your solution would be to choose a product that is suited to barefoot children. This product should have a skin-safe traction bead so that if a fall occurs, serious injury can happen.
In commercial and industrial environments, factors like high traffic and hours of use are critical in deciding on a Non-Slip product for slippery stairs. In some cases, the product that is applied works well initially. Perhaps it isn’t robust enough to handle loads of traffic or equipment, or tools get dragged over it. Unfortunately, the stairs are left with a failed product due to factors like budget, regular maintenance, or even the ability to close the area. No one knows about it until someone gets injured.