Monday, November 3rd, 2014
We are now in November, and in North America and Europe we will soon have the arrival of snow and ice. I thought I would, for once, be organized and start talking about what we can do for these conditions.
Both snow and ice create huge problems for safety. All slip prevention materials rely on gripping the shoe (I think we should stick to shoe traffic in these situations), any substance that is detrimental to that greatly increases the risk of slippage and thus potential injury.
Snow does not initially create slip problems, fresh, soft snow with good footwear has few issues, it is the compacting and freezing of snow that creates problems. With pressure the snow becomes more and more compact, the snow loses its ‘fluffiness’ and rapidly fills the valleys between the gripping peaks, thus decreasing, potentially removing, the grip potential of the surface. As pressure builds up (more and more footfall pressing onto the already compacted snow) the now dense snow becomes smooth and creates a surface with lethally low levels of Coefficient of Friction (CoF).
Ice can rapidly fill valleys with almost instant high risk slip potential.
When dealing with areas at risk of snow or ice you need to ignore all materials that are not a deep abrasive product, they will not suffice, they will soon become clogged and will not give the desired level of CoF (grip).
For recommend either our coarse, or especially, our X-Coarse anti slip material, the deep valleys have far more resistance to be clogged compared to all other products available, the deeper the grit level the less chance of slippage that will be experienced with snow or ice.
Unfortunately most people like to solve a slip problem when a problem arises, i.e. when it is snowing, when it is icy etc, these are difficult application conditions due to temperature and moisture, there is an easy solution however: bolt down anti slip plates! The plates come in two standard sizes, including an L shape for nosings, they can be coated with coarse or x-coarse and can be instantly applied, due to their mechanical fixing you can even apply in a blizzard (not endorsed by Heskins!), on request we supply relevant wood screws free of charge. The countersunk holes ensure that the product looks superb, and more importantly helps to prevent slippage.
So ensure you’re safe and set for winter before it arrives, and contact us for a solution.