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Wet Floor Signs - 5 Tips to Increase Your Effectiveness

Wet floor signs are used to warn and/or remind people of nearby slip and fall hazards. These hazards include routine cleaning, accidental spills, spillage of products or liquids or other slippery substances on work surfaces due to inclement weather. Correct use of wet floor indicators can clearly indicate hazards and reduce the likelihood of slips and falls.

You can make wet floor signs more effective by keeping these 5 things in mind:

1. Color
Wet floor markings should use a color that improves visibility. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) colors yellow to highlight physical hazards and indicate caution. These symbols usually have black letters and may have black bars or discs.

Other plate colors may be used, but it is important to note that the ANSI standard specifies the following colors for certain hazard types:

RED - Emergency, Stop, Danger and Fire
Orange – mechanical and electrical
yellow - attentive and physical
GREEN - Safety equipment other than firefighting
blue - safety information
Violet – Radiation

2. Use of icons and images
The use of graphics and icons on signs increases visibility and understanding of signs.

3. Language
Signs are available in multiple languages. Keep your audience in mind and use multilingual signage where necessary. 

4. Location
Unused signs should be discreet buteasily accessible. As abest practice, post signs near entrances and other locations where temporary hazards are known, such as beverage stations, ice machines, water fountains, and restrooms. The markings must be visible from all sides during use. Consider the physical characteristics of the room. Walls, partial walls, stairs, merchandise racks and doors are just some of the elements that can be at risk of overwhelming bona fide signs.

5. Type of characters:
There are severaltypes of floorboards. If you search the Internet, you can find a variety of styles, such as barricades that restrict access to hazards and panels with battery-powered fans to help dry floors.

The three most common types are: durable plastic roof panels; A tall and sturdy plastic conical plate. Each has its pros and cons to consider when shopping. Soft, collapsible boards often come with storage sleeves and are easily accessible from anywhere. However, these bookmarks are often short and light, so they can be easily ignored and moved. The sturdy plastic roof panels can be placed behind large objects, but they fall off easily. Durable plastic cones are durable and reliable, but difficult to store.

Keep these last tips in mind

It is important to remove wet floor markings if there is no risk. Failure to do so will reduce the effectiveness of threat notifications.
A recent study also found that using humorous messages such as "Wet floors: slippery, non-slippery" is more effective than simply saying "wet is slippery".
It may be useful to regularly check the condition of bins and signs to ensure they are ready for use when needed.