Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2018

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rious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury," meaning that approxi - mately 4 million people experience a fall around their residence each year, equating to 800,000 of them requir - ing medical attention. The CDC offers several strategies in reducing the risk of falls around the home and one of the four main ways is "Mak[ing] sure your home has lots of light by adding more or brighter light bulbs." A PowerPoint created by the Oc - cupational Health and Safety Admin- istration notes that slips, trips and falls account for 15%, 12,000 yearly, of all accidental deaths in the United States. That same presentation lists poor light, glare and shadows as the first three environmental conditions that increase the risk of trips and slips. Lighting Staircases, Pools and Driveways Anytime lights are going to be im- plemented in a landscape, there are a few spaces that should be given close attention in order to limit the risk of accidents. Those areas include, but are not limited to: staircases, pools and driveways. The National Safety Council states that over 1 million injuries result each year due to the result of stair - way falls. Homeguides.com provides a number of helpful tips when it comes to installing lights for a stair - case. Their website article suggests carefully examining the staircase during various hours of the day and night in order to find out what spe - cific areas need the most lighting. Furthermore, they make note that there are a multitude of different lighting fixtures that can effectively shine light and increase safety. These include lights placed flush (either on the sides of the treads, in the risers or just flanking the entire set), down - lights around the staircase, or maybe just one large floodlight. Ryan Prange of Falling Waters Landscape, Inc. in San Diego, states that lighting for pathways and steps are of the highest importance. "If the clients budget restricts the amount of lighting fixtures to be in - stalled, always insist that pathways and steps take the first priority," says Right This private residence in Texas won the 2016 Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals' Award of Merit for Outdoor Living Lighting. The fix- tures were installed and their locations were designated by Joel Mayor and Mike McGinty of Texas Outdoor Light- ing. Floodlights on the roof illuminate the entire area while lamp lighting delin- eates the staircase. Right This picture of a rooftop terrace in Florida provides an excellent ex- ample of how lighting can create awareness of an unsafe area. The Volt cast brass eyelid deck lights brighten a three-foot wide area that is not intended for walking or living, but instead intended to be a buffering zone between the deck and the ground located 12 feet below. The ABR cast iron tiki- torch lights deliver a swath of illumination and lights up the entire area, in turn highlighting the two-foot drop between the deck and the buffering zone. The lights also don't obstruct or conceal the two-foot drop in anyway. November 2018 25

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