A Cornish firm has named Saturday January 29 as ‘Slippery Decking Day 2022’.

Gripsure, which manufactures anti-slip decking for homeowners and commercial customers across the UK and Europe from its headquarters near St Austell, believes this is when all the contributing factors are aligned, putting us at the greatest risk of an accident as decking in the UK reaches ‘peak slipperiness’.

The firm says traditional timber and composite decking boards become dangerously slippery when wet or icy and as the result of the build-up of algae and leaves. Gripsure has pinpointed the last Saturday in January as the day when ordinary decking is potentially at its most treacherous.

MD Mike Nicholson said: “Despite its many benefits, traditional decking has one major disadvantage: it becomes dangerously slippery when it’s wet. And that’s a big problem, particularly here in the UK where it can make a garden a no-go area for much of the year.

“It’s fair to say that at Gripsure we’re obsessed with the slipperiness of decking. We understand the combination of factors that can make decking dangerous because it’s what we’ve been tackling for more than a decade. We’re not only committed to increasing safety, we also want people to make the most of their outdoor spaces throughout the seasons.”

Gripsure has experienced a surge in demand from homeowners during the pandemic. The firm has also provided decking for high profile customers, including Kew Gardens, the Eden Project, Center Parcs and the University of Cambridge.