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Stairway Safety

Falls are the number one cause of home injury deaths in America. According to Home Safety Council research, falls on or from stairs or steps are the leading known cause of death due to residential falls. Follow the Home Safety Council's steps to stairway safety to make your home safer from falls:


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  • Have handrails on both sides of stairs and steps.
Home Safety - Stairway Safety
  • Have lots of lights at the top and bottom of the stairs.
Home Safety - Stairway Safety
  • Keep the stairs clear.
Home Safety - Stairway Safety
  • Paint the bottom basement step white to make it more visible. Mistaking the lowest step for floor level can cause you to lose your balance and fall.
Home Safety - Stairway Safety
  • In homes with young children, use safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs.
Home Safety - Stairway Safety
  • Carry small loads up and down stairs. Always hold onto a handrail.
Home Safety - Stairway Safety
  • It is easy to trip on small rugs. Tape them to the floor or do not use them at all.
Home Safety - Stairway Safety
  • If you have steps outside your home, keep them free of ice and snow. To prevent a tripping hazard, periodically check steps and walkways for broken or lose bricks, cement or stone.
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