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The proper placement of wet floor signs 

Wet floor signs are an essential piece of safety equipment for every building that’s open to the public. During the winter months, these signs become even more necessary. 

Wet floor signs alert visitors to potential hazards before they stumble upon the area. Nonetheless, wet floor signs are only as effective as their placement. Outlined below are a few important factors to keep in mind.

The signs must be prominent 

Wet floor signs are only useful if they are in close proximity to the hazard. Ideally, they should surround the hazard so that they not only provide notice but also a physical shield. One sign is generally not enough, particularly for substantial spills or wet patches. 

The signs must not be a hazard 

In some situations, wet floor signs themselves can become an extra hazard, which makes their use futile. For instance, if a wet floor sign is placed at the top of a stairway or in a narrow corridor, it would be a trip hazard. A fair more effective measure may be to close off the area completely, at least until the spill has been cleaned up. 

Signs must be accessible 

The storage of wet floor signs also warrants consideration. Signs should be readily available to alert the public to hazards immediately. It only takes seconds for an accident to occur on a wet floor, so quick access to signage is essential. 

If you have fallen on a wet surface and no signs were present, this could be classed as negligence. Seek legal guidance to find out if you have a valid premises liability claim that could help with your injuries and financial costs.