Living life would be dull if we didn’t mess up now and then. Humans may be the smartest monkeys, and we may have all the grace of a ballerina in certain circumstances, but we may have the grace of a Neanderthal in others. We all spill our drinks, knocking over cans of paint, and exhibit other forms of clumsiness.

Some situations are more comical than others, like stepping in cement. Any reasonable adult knows that they aren’t going to get stuck forever if they step in cement, but you if you find yourself and your feet stuck in cement, you should take care to get yourself out of the situation the right way because it may not be as funny as it seems – let’s learn how.

So, What Do You Do If Your Feet Are Stuck in Cement?

The situation may be funny – but it may also be dangerous. Cement is mostly harmless in powder form but once mixed with water cement can form caustic substances that are no good for the human body. If you find yourself stuck in cement, you need to get out as soon as possible to avoid chemical burns.

Try yanking yourself up, to begin with, most concrete and cement is very shallow, and you should have no issues hoisting yourself out. If you can’t draw your feet straight out of the cement, try to sit down and distribute your body weight to allow yourself to pluck the foot or shoe out. Ask for help nearby if needed, you could be in a bad situation.

Once you’re out of the cement, check for direct exposure to your skin. You may not feel it right away, but time is important when it comes to chemical burns. Rinse off and scrub the area with cool water or something acidic such as vinegar or fruit juice if it’s available. This will help negate the basic formula of the cement. Seek medical attention immediately if you have received any burns, even if they look minor.

You should stay away from wet cement whenever possible, but accidents do happen. If you find you’ve stepped in cement, slowly pull yourself up and avoid contact between your skin and the cement whenever possible. If your bare skin has been exposed to wet cement take immediate action and call for medical attention if necessary. Stepping in cement can be funny, but it may also be dangerous.

Cement and concrete are often confused and interchanged in construction. However, they are not the same thing. Cement is what’s called a binder. A binder is a type of substance that sets, hardens and dries when interacting with Carbon Dioxide. Cement is a type of binder, used in everything from buildings to sidewalks to roads and more. Cement is one of the most commonly used building material. Let’s look at what cement is and how it’s used.

Breaking Down Cement

Cements are often characterized as hydraulic or non-hydraulic. Hydraulic cement utilizes aluminum silcates to active the setting in wet conditions or underwater. It protects the cement from the elements better than non-hydraulic cement. On the other hand, non-hydraulic cement cannot be set in wet conditions or underwater. The type of cement used is based on the scope of the project, where the project is and what type of water is involved.

What is Cement Used For?

Cement is used in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Sidewalks
  • Roads
  • Bricks
  • Construction

Cement is such a widely used material, chances are you interact with it on some level every day. Most sidewalks around the world are made of cement. Since it can stand up to elements and isn’t easily damaged, it holds up to constant walking, biking and force as people travel across it.

While cement is used for roads, it’s rarely used for sustainable roads as it can’t handle the weight loads of vehicles. When cement is used for roads, it’s often a stop gap for a road before a real one can be installed. Cement is also used as a mortar in masonry projects, along with forming concrete, to be used in other types of projects.

Cement is one of those construction materials that, without it, many construction methods wouldn’t be possible today. Cement has been around for centuries, evolving as technology and processes change. However, the basics of cement have stayed the same. Cement is used everyday to make your life easier and without it, things would fall apart. Literally and figuratively. Cement is what brings concrete and other building materials together.