Strong PVC Railing – From Dixie Pacific
With much of the country under a blanket of ice, sleet, and snow officials warn that safety measure should be taken to protect yourself from slipping and falling due to the icy conditions. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury with over 17, 000 people dying in the U.S. annually because of these injuries.
The CDC categorizes falls into two basic types: elevated falls and same-level falls. Same-level falls are the most common and cause the least serious injuries, while elevated falls pose the greatest threat for severe injuries. Over 60 percent of all elevated falls are from a height of less than 10 feet. Both categories would include falls on slick decks and porches as well as falls while climbing up and down icy stairs.
Products such as a liquid deicer and rock salt are available to help cut down on the hazards of large amounts of ice and snow accumulating on decks, porches, stairs and walkways. They can be found at most home supply stores, although some porch flooring can be adversely affected by these products, and sometimes even these products cannot completely keep slick areas from forming on outdoor decks, porches and stairways.
Safety guidelines suggest that the surest bet for porch, deck and rail safety during the winter months and all year long is to make sure that you have a strong safety railing installed in these high-risk areas.
Mike Gibbons is Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for HB&G Building Products Inc. , manufacturer of sturdy porch and deck railings. According to Gibbons, “Sturdy railings can significantly help prevent injuries due to slips and falls on icy porches, decks and stairs,” said “If you feel yourself start to fall and have a sturdy railing to grab a hold of to steady yourself, it can make all the difference between a minor scare and a life-threatening injury.”