Non-slip flooring

Child and elderly safety

Carpet not only offers aesthetic pleasure, warmth and comfort. It can also give you peace of mind, especially where small children and elderly people are concerned.

Child safety

Do you have young children crawling or learning to walk in your house? They will have a go sooner on a soft carpet.And when they inevitably fall over, there will be less scrapes and bruises than with other flooring. Better for the baby’s body and soul and better for the parents’ tranquility.

Antislip flooring for elderly

Older people who find walking increasingly difficult will feel safer on carpet, because the chances of slipping are very low. A slippery staircase can be made less dangerous with carpet.. And if someone does fall, the risk of fractures and other injuries is considerably lower. Scientific studies have shown that the impact of a fall is absorbed much better by a sufficiently thick carpet. 

Elderly people and flooring

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Injuries resulting from falls are a major health problem for the elderly. Falls in older people are caused by various factors: dizziness, balance problems, medication, muscle and skeletal conditions, confusion, neurological problems, visual impairments etc. When older people fall, they break bones more often because their bone structure is weaker.  

In a carpeted house there is hardly any chance of slipping and the consequences of a fall are often less serious.

body and soul

Due to the rising number of elderly people in society, the number of hip fractures around the world will increase from an estimated 1.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2050

Carpet safety in numbers

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Carpet safety in numbers

  • In the United Kingdom around 15,500 people need medical treatment every year for injuries caused by slipping on wooden floors or stairs. (Source: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, quoted in “The Birmingham Evening Mail”, 23.08.2001, “Do it yourself, warning after death”)
  •  Due to the rising number of elderly people, the number of hip fractures around the world will increase from an estimated 1.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2050.

Carpet offers an answer to these daunting numbers. British biomechanical research has revealed that the risk of fracturing a hip is four times lower for falls on carpet with a pile depth of 7 millimetres than for falls on a pvc floor, and six times lower than for falls on a concrete floor.


number of fractures

(Source: Booth et al., 1996 BR Orth. Res. Soc. Proc., Sept.)