Wet floors are a distinct possibility in almost every public space. Thus, premises management needs to be on top of this potential safety hazard. Ideally, preventative steps should be taken to reduce the chances of floors becoming wet. When this isn’t possible, one thing that can be done involves utilizing wet floor signs appropriately.
Wet floor signs can be a useful safety tool, but this only applies if they are used correctly. Outlined below is some important information regarding the proper usage of wet floor signs.
The right sign and placement for the hazard
If the floor is wet then this is what customers need to be made aware of. Thus, the language on the sign needs to be clear. A sign that says “stairway ahead” is not going to alert consumers of a wet floor and prevent them from slipping and suffering an injury.
A sign might display the appropriate message. Nonetheless, signage is only a useful safety measure if it is placed appropriately in relation to the hazard. Customers need to be alerted of the wet floor before they get there. So, at least one sign should give them adequate warning that a wet floor is up ahead. Ideally, multiple signs should surround the wet area until it dries off and ceases to be a hazard.
Premises owners have a duty to alert you of any potential hazards. If they have failed in this duty and you have suffered injuries as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of whether or not you have grounds to file a valid personal injury claim.