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How can restaurants prevent slip-and-fall accidents?

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in many public places, and while you work hard to ensure that your Connecticut restaurant is safe, accidents can still happen. These incidents can easily be prevented, though, and it is important for you and your wait staff to understand how to keep customers from slipping.

Sometimes slip-and-fall accidents can be prevented if you take extra precautions. The National Restaurant Association says that you can keep patrons from falling if you ensure that spills are immediately cleaned up. Your customers should typically be warned about spills near their table so they can step carefully when they need to get up. Additionally, you should pay attention to the condition of your flooring. Dips in the floor and tears in the carpeting can cause both your customers and staff to fall.

Because your staff operates both in the restaurant and the kitchen, it is important to make sure that all areas of your restaurant are safe. You may want to install non-slip mats around sinks, dishwashers and drink dispensers so these areas do not become too slick. The surfaces under these mats should generally be kept dry so they stay in place. It is also recommended that you instruct your wait staff to wear the right shoes for the job. This typically means that heels should be low and soles should be resistant to slips.

Additionally, it is important to understand how slippery the floors in your restaurant are. You may want to have someone audit your restaurant to test your floor’s traction. This can also help you understand the hazards which might cause someone to fall so you can take the proper precautions.

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