As summer fades away, the weather starts to change. With increasing rainfall and a drop in temperature, slips and falls become a real hazard for the general public.
The owners and managers of premises that are open to the public have a responsibility to ensure that buildings are safe. Part of this includes having wet floor signs in position when necessary. But wet floor signs are only helpful when used appropriately. Outlined below are a few things to keep in mind.
They need to provide advance warning
Wet floor signs should give people a warning before they reach the affected area. For example, signs should be placed in prominent positions at a building’s entrance if rainwater is being brought in. A wet floor sign in the middle of the wet spot is not going to give people the advanced notice that they need.
There must be enough of them
Sometimes, there will be more than one wet spot on the floor that consumers need to know about. This is why it’s so important that businesses have enough wet floor signs in stock. A simple sign may not seem like a big deal, but having enough signs is an investment that every business should take seriously.
An unmarked wet floor can lead to serious incidents and injuries. If you’ve fallen and were not alerted to a hazard, this could be classed as negligence on behalf of the building owner. In such an instance, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Seek legal guidance to find out more about your options for recovery.