Keeping the menace of slips at bay on your natural stone
Winter tends to be associated with a lot of things: Cold, of course, as well as fires for roasting chestnuts, snowball fights, and maybe even a spot of ice skating – just to name a few.
But winter also has some negative connotations, not least of all slips. Whether due to icy surfaces or pathways covered in melted snow, the months from December to February tend to be full of slipping and sliding. And as comical as this may sound, it's no laughing matter.
Slips can be serious
Falling over from slips has some significant medical implications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of adults aged 65 and older fall each year, with 20-30 per cent of this number suffering moderate to serious injuries.
This puts a huge burden on the country's health care facilities, not to mention these individuals' pocketbooks. In 2012, the total direct medical costs of these fall injuries was $30 billion, when adjusted for inflation. By 2020, it's expected to be $67.7 billion.
It's a problem especially common among the elderly. As Richard Bowman, Geoff Quick, David Devenish and Carl Strautins wrote for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the most common victim of slip and fall accidents in the US is a woman aged over 60.
Maintaining your stone's slip resistance
With all this in mind, it's a no-brainer to do all you can to maintain the slip resistance of your stone, particularly when it's wintertime, and particularly for the elderly. Whether you've got older family members living in your home or you're the owner of a rest home with stone tile flooring, this should be of the highest priority.
In this case, surface protection is people protection. For stones like granite or marble, using an invisible, high quality, impregnating sealer like Dry-Treat's STAIN-PROOF Original™ can help maintain their slip resistance. You can keep your stone looking good while also keeping everyone around healthy and injury free.