In the winter, snow, ice and freezing cold temperatures create the perfect conditions for accidents like slips, trips and falls. These winter-related accidents are very common and can be extremely dangerous, especially for senior citizens. Use these 8 tips to ensure your tenants stay safe this winter season.
How to Reduce Fall Injuries:
- Non-slip tapes: A simple way to add protection to your floors are by adding peel and stick non-slip tapes. These tapes are easy to apply and provide increased security on floors and stairs.
- Stair Treads: Tread covers and nosing are another great preventative solution for stair-related accidents. Indoor and outdoor stairs of any material can benefit from stair tread nosings. The long-lasting material resists chips, scratches and stains.
- Absorbent mats: Absorbent mats are great solutions for walkway areas and entry areas throughout the property. These mats will absorb all liquids while preventing floor stains.
- Lighting: Make sure there are good lighting systems throughout your outdoor and indoor property. Use motion-sensor lights if you’d prefer an energy efficient solution.
- Clean up: Keep common areas and walkways clean and tidy. Keep electric cords and telephone wires near walls and away from walking paths. Clean up indoor spills and puddles immediately.
- Spot check for hazards: Identify potholes and cracks outdoors that may cause issues and arrange repairs before it snows. Check entrance steps and handrails for damage and repair accordingly.
- Indoor snow removal When snow is tracked indoors, interior surfaces can become dangerous. Use a floor fan to keep walkways dry and place “wet floor” signs in needed areas to alert incoming residents of caution areas.
- Outdoor snow removal: Discuss with your maintenance staff which areas you expect snow and ice accumulation to be removed and treated. Ensure snow is piled in a low area to prevent melting and refreeze.
Prevent winter accidents at your rental property by making your space safer with these easy and affordable solutions. Maintaining a safe place during dangerous wintry conditions will go a long way in tenant relations.