For property owners, investing in visitor safety is a must. Keeping facilities clean, dry, and safe on rainy days is essential in preventing slip and fall accidents. By focusing on accident prevention, property owners also protect themselves from liability for accidents that leave guests injured.

Aside from being a nice gesture that keeps floors neat, umbrella stands deliver a variety of benefits to the businesses and property owners who are savvy enough to invest in them. Below are a few of our favorites, as gathered from our very happy customers.   

1. Umbrella Wrappers Create Value

No one likes to tote a wet umbrella through a store, especially when they are already wet from the storm outside. Wet umbrellas are uncomfortable, and uncomfortable guests are more difficult to sell on products and services. Provide an umbrella stand, bag dispenser, or automatic-wrapper, and transform your guests into dry, appreciated, and happy individuals.  

2. Controlling Rainwater Prevents Slip and Fall Accidents

According to American insurer CNA, the condition of a floor’s surface is the #1 make-or-break factor that will determine whether or not a slip and fall will occur. Control rainwater, keep floors dry, and prevent slips. 

3. Proactive Accident Prevention Can Reverse a Scary Business Trend

According to Liberty Mutual, the number of at-work slip and fall accidents climbed by roughly 5% between 1998 and 2008. Most alarmingly, slips and falls were the only accident category to increase. This statistic illustrates a need for American businesses to get proactive in slip and fall accident prevention, and it all starts with improving the condition of the floors.

How to Select an Umbrella Stand for Your Property

To find the umbrella safety product that is right for your business, consider 3 essential variables: Location, function, and operating hours.

Facility location plays a big role when shopping for an umbrella stand. Think about the region in which the facility is located, and consider how weather changes throughout the year. Are there rainy seasons? What is the average precipitation each year? As a rule of thumb, dry environments have fewer days on which umbrellas will be used. For these arid regions, like the southwest United States, property owners are likely to get by with simpler products like umbrella stands or cans.

In wet climates, however, it is logical to assume that there are more days on which umbrellas will be used. If umbrellas are used more frequently, it stands to reason that their owners might feel hesitant to leave them on stands/ in cans at the entrance to a building. Businesses in these regions are wise to invest in umbrella bag dispensers or automatic wrapping units, allowing guests to conveniently wrap-and-go.

Facility function must also be considered. Is it a commercial location, or a residential one? Are the guests potential customers, employees, or residents? Taking a moment to understand the function of the property and the people who frequent it will help you make a cost-effective purchase decision that visitors will appreciate on rainy days.

Operating hours are important to consider, especially for facilities that are located in wet climates. Longer hours can mean greater visitor flow and turnover. Facility managers and property owners must invest in umbrella safety products accordingly, choosing products that will accommodate all guests.

For high traffic areas, automatic umbrella wrappers are essential because they allow guests to stow umbrellas in a single fluid motion, without causing crowds to bunch up. Double dispenser models are also available for heavily trafficked facilities in particularly wet climates, offering twice the number of bags without sacrificing accessibility or ease of use.