Safety Tip of the Week: April showers bring May flowers … and wet floors!

Close up of two feet jumped in a puddle of water

This week, Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares information about how to maintain your safety and the safety of coworkers and students when there are wet floors.

April showers may bring May flowers, but lots of rain or other liquid tracked inside from melting snow or mopped floors may also cause wet floors inside a school or support building.

Remember that wet floors, no matter what the reason, can be extremely dangerous. Wet floors are a major contributor to slips and falls where serious injuries are the result.

Review these wet floor safety tips to help maintain your safety and the safety of your coworkers and students:

Hazards of wet floors:

  1. Slips with rearward falls: Rearward falls produce injuries to the head, back and pelvis.
  2. Employees or students could fall into another person or onto a sharp object like a desk, table or filing cabinet creating a serious injury.
  3. Falls from a standing position can be fatal — for example, slipping on water and falling down stairs or hitting your head on the sidewalk.

Making safety a priority:

  1. Keep floors clean and dry.
  2. Place warning signs in wet areas.
  3. When mopping a hallway or entrance way, mop only one side at a time so employees and students won’t be forced to walk through the mopped area. Do not walk through a freshly mopped area.
  4. Block off areas with wet floors.
  5. Maintain good drainage.
  6. Clean up spills immediately.
  7. Wear footwear that limits slips on wet surfaces.
  8. Place fans to help dry the floor surface quickly if needed.
  9. Do not run on wet floors.

Ever wonder how to safely and efficiently mop a floor? Check out this Safe and Efficient Mopping Techniques handout by Solutions 1.

Wet floors are a hazard at work and at home, so take safety home with you!