Your business may be a relatively safe place but is it ready for the wet risks of winter?
Snow and ice are among the most beautiful, yet most dangerous weather phenomenon that the Earth has to offer. Ice and snow can create slippery situations on the road and inside of your business. A nasty fall on your commercial property can cost tens of thousand or more, but why is ice slippery and how can you prevent it?
Why Ice Is Slippery
Ice is slippery for two reasons. When ice freezes, it normally creates an incredibly smooth surface that allows for very little friction; without friction, your shoes can’t get a solid grip and you fall. The second, and biggest reason being the thermal de-expansion. When you step on ice and apply pressure (that is, your body weight) a very thin layer, atoms thick, succumbs to the pressure and partially melts–creating a thin layer of water. Physical comedy or serious injury ensue.
How You Can Prevent Slips & Falls
Take Care of Your Parking Lot – A majority of the ice and snow will be found outside, meaning that a majority of falls will occur outside as well. Make sure to salt your parking lot and place warning signs where potential slips may happen.
Floor Mats – Your work is not done yet. Make sure that you place mats that were created to handle snow and ice. The more water that is absorbed through the mats, the less will end up on your floors, substantially reducing your risk for a slip and fall accident.
For more information on exactly what your insurance policies will and will not cover to ensure you have the right amount of protection, contact the insurance professionals at C.V. Mason Insurance Agency in Bristol, Connecticut.