Kitchen slip and fall
THERE is no argument in the saying that life may be created in the bedroom, but it is certainly lived in the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home. No life can be lived well without a kitchen. It is a wondrous place full of delicious possibilities.
It is where the meals that fuel the bodies, minds and souls of friends and families all over the world are created. It is also the most dangerous zone in the home. Kitchen is where you see hot surfaces and sharp objects all around, and things can get ugly if one is not careful.
One of the most dangerous accidents in the kitchen is slip or trip. It does not matter whether your kitchen is large or small, when it comes to kitchen accident, especially slip, everyone has a part to play to stop it.
When trips, slips and falls happen, they are often attributed to carelessness or clumsiness, the good news is that most accidents are preventable. It depends on how proactive you are towards ensuring safety in your homes. Both slips and trips result from some kind of unintended or unexpected change in the contact between the feet and the ground or walking surface.
Causes of slips
Slips happen where there is too little friction or traction between the footwear and the walking surface. Common causes are:
- Wet or oily surfaces
- Loose, unanchored rugs or mats
Causes of trips
Trips happen when your foot collides (strikes, hits) an object causing you to lose balance and, eventually fall. Common causes of tripping are:
- Obstructed view
- Poor lighting
- Clutter in your way
- Wrinkled carpeting
- Uncovered cables
- Bottom drawers not being closed
- Uneven (steps, thresholds) walking surfaces
Good housekeeping is the first and the most important (fundamental) level of preventing falls due to slips and trips. Without good housekeeping practices, any other preventive measure mentioned below will never be fully effective. A clean and dry, smooth floor is rarely slippery.
- Clean all spills immediately
- Mop or sweep debris from floors.
- Prevent people from walking on wet smooth floors until they are totally dry.
- Remove obstacles from walkways and always keep them free of clutter
- Secure (tacking, taping, etc.) mats, rugs and carpets that do not lay flat
- Always close storage drawers
- Cover cables that cross walkways
- Keep working areas and walkways well lit
- Replace used light bulbs and faulty switches
- Cover with rug the sink and cooker area.