Staircase safety is critical in preventing trip, slip & fall hazards. Stairs may be more of a concern for seniors but they can be equally dangerous for everyone.
Here are a few things to look out for:
- Proper railing heights not only on the stairs but at landings are critical.
- Spacing of the balusters / spindles to prevent an infant from falling through.
- Securement of these railings and guardrails is also overlooked or their maintenance postponed until it’s too late.
- Riser height and tread depth if not consistent and sufficient can be a fall / trip hazard.
- Ensure the staircase is well-lit.
- Do not use the stairs for storage.
- Make sure landing areas are free and clear at both the top and bottom of the stairs, or any midway landings
- If there are runners or carpeting on the stairs, ensure they are well secured.
- Stairs should have adequate headroom and not be too steep
- Avoid stairs with smooth or slippery surfaces.
- Ensure stair treads are level from side to side and front to back.
Some insurance companies have concerns with stair cases and may insist on remedial action.
If you’re concerned about making a home more accessible for a loved one, get it inspected.