Slip and fall accidents are a common cause of at-home injuries; and the kitchen is a location where this type of accident often occurs. That’s because kitchens generally have a smooth floor made of tile, linoleum, or hardwood. When this surface gets wet during cooking and cleaning (or when someone drops an ice cube on the floor), it’s all too easy to put a foot wrong. What can you do to reduce the risk of slipping on your kitchen floor?
Install Slip Resistant Flooring
There are actually a number of products that create a non-skid surface. Commercial kitchens often feature rubberized concrete coatings to prevent accidents. However, you will probably want something a little more attractive for residential use. Cork is one option for homeowners who like hardwood but don’t want a slick surface. This material can be sealed to keep out moisture and is highly durable – perfect for high traffic areas.
Ceramic tiles don’t have to be slippery. Many manufacturers offer these in non-skid varieties for use in wet areas (bathrooms, kitchens, and poolside). Vinyl flooring products can also be purchased in styles that are designed for greater home safety. Finally, rubber flooring is always an option – and an especially good choice if you spend a lot of time on your feet in the kitchen. Now that it is being used more frequently in residential applications, there are plenty of colors to choose from.