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Ball State University Cuts Slip-And-Fall Rates, Liability Risk with Snow Melting Mats

Ball State University Cuts Slip-And-Fall Rates, Liability Risk with Snow Melting Mats

Ball State University Cuts Slip-And-Fall Rates, Liability Risk with Snow Melting MatsDoraville, GA, October 11, 2018—With winter temperatures in Muncie, IN, dipping into the teens and snow accumulation averaging 22 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at Ball State University, located some 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis. To meet the challenge of outdoor safety, the BSU facilities maintenance team recently installed a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System to keep a stairway leading to the campus library clear of snow and ice. 

“Typically we use salt and chemicals to keep areas clear,” said Mike Planton, part of the team. “However, the heavy foot traffic in this particular location was tracking residue into the library, damaging interior floors, and causing a safety hazard. We knew we needed an alternative solution and we found it with HeatTrak.” 

HeatTrak’s snow melting mat systems are designed to prevent snow and ice accumulation at industrial facilities and commercial environments, according to senior HeatTrak product specialist Ryan Williams. He explained that HeatTrak mats prevent new snow from accumulating by melting it on contact at a rate of two inches per hour.

“Our snow melting mats are durable and stand up to heavy foot traffic. They have made a difference at BSU by keeping the stairway to the library clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness. The issue the team there had is a common one at facilities with heavy foot traffic. Our mats have become the ‘go-to’ solution to address this problem,” Williams said. 

HeatTrak is the original inventor of portable snow melting mats. With more than 50,000 mats in use around North America, the company has become the industry expert in snow removal matting products. Its electrically heated snow melting mats plug into any standard 120V, 208V or 240V electrical outlet, melting snow and ice on contact. HeatTrak products help facility managers reduce slip-and-fall rates, thereby reducing their liability exposure and helping to lower their insurance premiums.

“Keeping people safe on campus is our number-one priority. With HeatTrak mats we’ve seen a decline in slip-and-fall accidents and, commensurately, a decrease in our liability risk,” Planton said.

HeatTrak is the developer and primary manufacturer of outdoor heated matting products. Founded in 2004, the company’s products are an efficient, convenient, and economical way to eliminate snow and ice accumulation around the workplace. More than 50,000 mats are in use throughout North America at facilities that include Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, and universities. Read more about HeatTrak and the company’s complete range of solutions at

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