Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Dur­ing the wet weather some re­tails out­lets in­clud­ing the big su­per­mar­kets at­tempt to keep their shops clean by plac­ing used flat­tened car­tons at the shop en­trance as door mats. This keeps the dirt, wa­ter and other form of pol­lu­tant from spread­ing to other parts of the busi­ness. Shop­pers, when en­ter­ing, are re­quired to use th­ese car­ton doormats to clean the soles of their footwear. The heavy us­age of the door mats al­lows the wa­ter and the mois­ture to pen­e­trate the car­tons and tem­po­rar­ily pro­vides fric­tion and se­cures the car­ton to the floor tile. I believe the prob­lem arises when the car­tons tend to lose the mois­ture con­tents and dries off quickly. When this oc­curs the grip dis­ap­pears and the car­ton be­comes very slip­pery and this can lead to a per­son fall­ing. Apart from the car­ton door­mat the other haz­ards like the door steps dur­ing the fall can be dan­ger­ous also. The busi­ness own­ers must re­frain from this prac­tise and must use proper anti-slip door mats to en­sure that any­one who en­ters their premises are safe and with­out risk. A good qual­ity door­mat can trap and hold dirt and al­ler­gens, pre­vent­ing their spread to the rest of the build­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally a proper floor mat is slip re­sis­tant and can pre­vent em­ploy­ees and the cus­tomers from slip­ping on lu­bri­cants or wa­ter thus pre­vent­ing a fall. Should such slips and falls take place may re­sult in li­able dam­ages.

Satish Nakched, Suva

He will re­ceive a Parker pen from the Fiji Sun as our Let­ter of the Week win­ner.

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