How to make outdoor steps safe in wet weather.

safe steps

Did you know falling on slippery steps is the number one cause of accidents and injuries around the home; whilst we know salt is good in the snow and you can add grit to your steps in the winter it can be a messy old business.

To make your stairs and steps safer it’s a good idea to fix abrasive strips to each level. First you will need to make sure the surface is clean and dry, then simply attach a self-adhesive strip near the front of each step.

Our safety tread tape has a finely ground aggregate bonded to the surface to enhance the non slip properties and is available to buy by the roll, which is perfect for ensuring all of your outdoor surfaces are safe.

The textured tape is available in black, yellow & black chevrons and transparent (clear); it can be used inside and outdoors.  Our anti-slip tape is suitable for pretty much any edge that needs to either be clearly visible or anti-slip including ladders, boats and decking areas. The exceptional high bonding properties of the tape makes it suitable for sticking to wood, metal, concrete and tiles.

Ensure your home and workplace is safe this winter and call us on 01353 665141 to place your order or ask for further advice.

Adhesive Tape Application Tips

In order to get the best results form your adhesive tape you need to ensure that you apply it correctly, always follow any manufacturer instructions (if supplied).

Surface Preparation

All surfaces should have no flaky or loose areas and should be completely free from oil, grease, moisture, dust and release agents. Ideally surfaces should be cleaned with a solvent such as Pronatur Orange Solvent. Porous surfaces may need to be sealed prior to application. All surfaces should be dry before application.

Application Temperature

Polly-Tunnel Repair Tape

Polly-Tunnel Repair Tape

When applying adhesive tapes, unless it’s an all-weather adhesive, the substrate (items you are sticking together) temperature should not be less than 15°C. Using adhesive tape in temperatures lower than 15°C can result in hardening of the adhesive and prevent the ultimate bonding strength being reached. Ideal application temperature is between 20 to 40°C. Note that an adhesive tape with the ability to withstand temperatures lower than 15°C does not mean it can be applied in those temperatures.

There are some adhesive tapes that have been designed to be applied in lower temperatures such as our Polly Tunnel Repair Tape.

Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA)

Unless specified, all adhesive tapes use PSA, basically they rely on you applying pressure to them in order to activate the adhesive. Firm pressure and 100% surface contact is key to achieving maximum bond strength. Pressure should be applied evenly and where possible with a roller to ensure there are no air bubbles, important on wide tape.

PSA tapes may take up to a couple of days to reach ultimate adhesion, although this can usually be accelerated by exposing the tape to elevated temperatures for a short period of time.

First Aid Station with Eye Wash and First Aid Kit

It can be difficult to ensure that you provide all the necessary First Aid equipment within a business environment, this is why Trade Shop Direct has launched its First Aid Station.

The First Aid Station consists of a wall mountable information board with First Aid advice, Accident book holder and accident book, eye and wound wash bottles, first aider information and a Workplace first aid kit.

First Aid Station

There are 3 options of first aid kit, a standard (green) kit, a catering (blue) kit with blue bandages and plasters. There is also a burn care first aid kit (red box) which contains burn related first aid equipment.

This First Aid station ensures that the necessary workplace regulations are met, including the Data Protection Act with regards to the Accident Book and personal data storage.

Click here to view our range of first aid kits.

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