The wet weather can be great for our gardens and who doesn’t love the sound of rain on a tin roof? But, the wet weather can also be a hazard for walkers, runners and those prone to falling. The risk of slips and falls are more likely to rate higher in wet weather. Please take extra care when the weather is inclement and look at the following as a reminder and part of your strategy for fall prevention.
Your chances of falling can increase if you are wearing unsuitable footwear. Try and wear shoes with non-slip soles, soles that are not all worn out and slippery underfoot. A good fitting shoe with a low square heel, one that supports the foot and one that goes around the back of the heel and stabilizes the ankle.
Handrails at the door and a non-slip mat if the porch or entrance becomes slippery when wet. If wet outside be mindful of the floor you are stepping onto…….is it slippery? is there a mat to wipe your feet?
Watch for liquid spills, food, oil or trip hazards such as cords or general rubbish and remember in wet weather to allow longer to cross roads and carparks and be aware that footpaths are not always even and ridges can be difficult to see when wet.
Being alert and safety conscious goes a long way in helping reduce slips and falls. Being aware of your environment and the hazards it may present and implementing a regular checklist of these hazards and an action list to minimize their risk to your personal safety, is a good start.
Test your emergency alert system each month to ensure it is working perfectly.
Have your Safety Alert pendant around your neck, switched on and programmed with 3 reliable people should a fall occur. Our pendants are designed to work outside of the home so are a valued addition to your wet weather plans.
Give someone you trust your key lock safe code and have someone call you or you call them each day to ensure all is well.
According to Safework Australia, slips, trips, and falls together represent one of the most important single causes of injuries at work and at home. Although they occur for many reasons, slip and fall incidents are preventable if we strive to be aware of our surroundings and movements.
Common slip hazards include:
- spills of liquid or solid material
- wet cleaning methods
- wind-driven rain or snow through doorways
- a sudden change in floor surface, for example joins between carpet and polished timber
- change from wet to dry surface
- dusty and sandy surfaces
- the incline of a ramp
- loose or bumpy flooring
- low light levels
- use of unsuitable footwear.
Common trip hazards include:
- ridges in floors or carpets
- worn floor coverings or broken tiles
- potholes and cracks in floors
- changes in floor level
- thresholds and doorstops
- floor sockets and phone jacks
- cables from power extension units
- loads that obstruct vision
- obstacles in traffic areas.
The list of most common slip and trip hazards are all known to us but not necessarily addressed.
If you are feeling unwell or wobbly on your feet maybe consider staying home, especially when it is wet.
A warm cuppa and a good book may be a safe and enjoyable alternative on those blustery wet days!