Slip & Fall Hazards

   Slip and fall accidents however bizarre may be more common than car accidents. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized. More than a third of the injuries happen while bathing or showering. More than 14 percent occur while using the toilet“. Research statistics also indicate that slip and fall on sidewalks due to snow and black ice buildup, as well as kitchen accidents, are more common than one might think!

   Sidewalks are more prone to slip and fall accidents than the slippery conditions created for vehicles by black ice on roads that result in tire skids. Sidewalks that are not properly cleaned of snow not only result in to slip and fall accidents but also lawsuits. These lawsuits are often directed by victims towards owners of properties that failed to shovel the sidewalks creating hazardous conditions. Black ice on the drive way or patio stairs also leads to slip and fall accidents. These areas of the property are usually spread with salt to avoid black ice from developing in extreme weather. Should ice formation be evident despite the use of salt, one may try using metal shovels or similar consumer products to break this dangerous ice formation! Snow blowers and heated driveways are often regarded as solutions to the problem. Also, consumer products like heft attached to a snow shovel make shoveling easy without resulting in to back pain problems and efficient snow cleanup. For the slip and fall victims, properly tied shoelaces with shoelace beads as well as shoe spikes may stop the catastrophe. Shoes and other footwear must also be scraped clean to avoid bringing water inside a house or building. Shoe hangers instead of shoe racks can help keep track of water spills and create less mud and mess inside a residential or commercial structure!

   Slip and fall accidents are also evident in washrooms. Many accidents occur near bathtubs, sinks, and toilets where water on the floor or tiles is often overlooked. Controlling the water pressure from shower caps also means controlling the water that falls outside the bathtub.  Water may also accumulate in the bathtub as a result of hair accumulation near the drain of a missing bathtub drain cover. A tightly sealed drain cover or a malfunctioning drain cover lift mechanism might be raised with a ruler to avoid water accumulation in the bathtub. This water usually results in a slip and fall accident as soon as one climbs out of the shower. Bathtub injuries are often due to excess soap foam in the bathtub. This build-up can be prevented by using a properly installed soap stand. Shower drains are also culprits in these sip and fall disasters! An unlevelled shower drain due to replenishment of grout leads to dangerous metal edges of the drain exposed. Metal shower drains are also more slippery than some other consumer products available in the market. Shower curtain clips that do not hold the curtains as they fill up with water in a tub may result in water spills! These curtains easily come off the clips and spread water all over the washroom floors. that easily come off the Also, a bathtub handle may stop slip and fall in the tub. Other than bathtubs and shower areas, washroom sinks and countertops are also culprits in slip and fall accidents! A malfunctioning lift mechanism for washroom sink drain cover may lead to water accumulation and water spills on the floor eventually leading to accidents. Foam buildup from shaving cups or soaps on countertops also leads to accidents. A soap stand on washroom sinks especially in hotels and motels will not only prevent slip and fall as a result of excess foam buildup on and around the sink counter top but also reduce counter top damage caused by excess foam and water which result into thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

   Slip and fall accidents are evident in the kitchen. In the kitchen, sink faucet pressure is often an essential element in controlling water spills on the floor. This pressure may be controlled via changes in aerator design that lead to fewer water spills during a dish washing session. Sink drain stoppers may also hold a key in fewer water spills on the kitchen counter top and floor leading to slip and fall accidents. Some sink drain stoppers are not only a hazard to slip and fall but a hazard to fingers due to the use of wire mesh that breaks from time to time. If these wire meshes are not replaced, they also result in to drain clogs and pipe clogs leading to thousands of dollars in replacements and plumbing labor expense!

   In conclusion, hazards from snow, ice, and water lead to accidents that can be avoided. One of the ways to successfully combat accidents and statistics is prevention! For example, preventing ice dams on roofs with an ice dam cable may save consumers roof damage and replacement costs that are in the thousands since roofs are the biggest investment in a residential structure. A de-icer washer liquid for a  vehicle windshield may also help in bringing down auto-accident related casualties!

Geothermal Heat Pumps

   Ground source energy systems or geothermal heat pumps serve as an H VAC system for residential and commercial applications. It is used to heat them up in winter and cool them down in summer. With a million existing installations worldwide and several thousand installations a year throughout North America, Earth energy systems are efficient HVAC systems because of their operating principles and unique design.  However, these systems have certain requirements that must be met for them to be truly effective.

    Ground source Energy systems are efficient HVAC systems based on their operating principles. First of all, earth energy systems or ground source heat pumps have heat exchangers filled with a refrigerant that allows them to draw and dissipate heat. The refrigerant exchanges heat with water drawn up from a well in an open loop system or from coils of underground pipes in closed loop systems. Next, the refrigerant mixture goes through the heat pump in the house. When the refrigerant in the heat pump boils to become a vapor, the reversing valve takes the vapor to the condenser. Later on, the condenser compresses the vapor causing it to heat up. During the process, the reversing valve takes the hot gas to the condenser coil or duct system. Finally, the air passes through the coil to heat the entire property. This process can either heat up one room or all the rooms in residential or commercial properties simultaneously without the need for a mechanical room.   As a result, Earth Energy systems are efficient HVAC systems based on their operating principles.

     Earth energy systems are also efficient systems because of their unique design. In contrast, with regular combustion furnaces, geothermal heat pumps can be used with both hydronic heating system and forced air system.  Also, these systems can be designed to install either heating only, heating with active cooling or heating with passive cooling. Although heating systems don’t cool the surroundings, passive cooling systems provide cooling by pumping water without using a heat pump. Unlike regular combustion furnaces, water from a house water heater can be pumped through the condenser in earth energy systems which is used to heat water. While some require the heat pump to be at a balanced point and not at a full working capacity, others provide hot water on demand as the entire machine switches to provide domestic hot water on demand. Also, Earth Energy system’s output is relatively constant so they can be designed to meet almost all space heating requirements. Additionally, Earth energy systems are available for all sorts of extreme climates, whereas combustion furnaces and other HVAC systems only suit certain weather conditions. Though running a heat pump will use less fuel or gas, it will use more electricity compared to other combustion furnaces. Nevertheless, these electricity costs can be overlooked if one considers using alternative sources of energy like solar panels and rooftop windmills to existing main grid electricity to lower electricity bills along with several other benefits, especially in commercial and industrial applications. The unique design of Earth Energy systems can provide savings in heating and cooling costs as well as domestic hot water costs. More significantly, Earth Energy systems can be installed to existing HVAC systems and come with warranties of 20-25 years at the least which make it an efficient and reliable option compared to other HVAC systems.

     With all the benefits of the design and its operating principle, there are installation and maintenance requirements that must be matched when it comes to Earth Energy systems. All earth energy systems must be installed by qualified contractors and match the standards set by standards association as well as follow manufacturer’s instructions. Also, this unit must be inspected once a year by a licensed contractor. Filter and coil in the compressor must be maintained at all times as they reduce air flow and cause compressor damage. The fan must be cleaned once in a while and must be checked for incorrect pulley settings as a loose fan can affect motor speed and overall performance. Moreover, ductwork should be inspected and cleaned. One must make sure that vents and registers are not blocked. Also, the heat pump should be cleaned by a qualified contractor as mineral deposits can accumulate over time. And, in severe weather conditions, supplementary heating systems should be considered. Hence, by meeting the installation requirements and maintenance of Earth Energy Systems, one can enjoy efficiency and reliability of these systems in residential, commercial as well as industrial applications.

                In conclusion, Earth energy systems are efficient H VAC systems because of their operating principles, unique design and when their maintenance requirements are met by a qualified contractor. These systems though expensive to install compared with other H VAC systems, cover their initial costs in operating costs over five to ten years. And the best part is they can work alongside regular furnaces as split-air systems.

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