Slipping on Wet Floors

Wet floors are usually well-marked in public places like supermarkets, hotels, and banks. However, wet floors at home floors are not, and present equal hazards.

Accidental spills and splashes of water, especially soapy water, can cause hardwood, linoleum, tile or slate flooring anywhere in the home to become slippery. Since people tend to spend more time in the kitchen, a common location for wet floors, this article focuses on safety precautions for this popular room.

There are primary sources of water spills and puddles on kitchen floors. Using these tips can help make your kitchen floors, and all the other floors in your home safer.

Refrigerator
  • Refrigerators with automatic water and ice dispensers can be a danger. Water from melting crushed or cubes ice and dripping water dispensers can cause wet spots on kitchen floors and create a slipping hazard.
Kitchen Sinks
  • Splashes from sinks filled with soapy water create a high-risk fall area. Washing large objects like flat trays can result in water cascading beyond the sink and onto the counters and floor. The resulting puddles can pose an extreme fall risk. Be wary of throw-rugs in front of the sink to catch splashes. They become wet quickly and are slow to dry, making them a fall risk as well.
Dishwashers
  • Damp glasses and dishes from the dishwasher may splash water on floors, also adding to fall hazards. Keep a dry towel handy and check to make sure all spills and water are dried immediately.