Step Right Up | Stair Safety

Most people don’t think twice about their safety when using the stairs. Using stairways is such an everyday occurrence that the potential risks rarely cross our minds. You may be surprised to know that falls on stairs are one of the most common home and workplace accidents, and they can result in serious injuries or even death.

Below are some safety tips to keep in mind the next time you approach a stairway:

  • Use the handrail. A hand on the handrail plus at least one foot on the ground at all times will give you two points of contact and more stability.
  • Don’t run or rush on the stairs, and don’t skip steps.

  • Be alert and keep focus on your safety. Avoid distractions, such as looking at your phone, having conversations, or reading.
  • Make sure you have a hand available at all times in case you need to catch yourself during a fall.
  • Be aware of weather or other conditions that might make stairs slippery. Take the appropriate precautions.
  • Report unsafe stair conditions, such as obstructions and spills, to the appropriate personnel so they can be addressed quickly.
  • Assess your visibility before taking the stairs. Poor lighting can affect your perception and increase your risks of a misstep.
  • Pay particular attention when steps are unusual or inconsistent in height or width.
  • Check your clothing for tripping hazards. Make sure shoelaces are tied and pant-length will not cause a fall hazard. High heels and slippery shoe soles increase your fall risk.
  • Carrying items on the stairs can be particularly dangerous and contribute to falls. When carrying items, your view may be obstructed, you may distracted by the weight or bulk of the item, and you may not have a free hand to hold a handrail. In these situations, consider taking an elevator or ask someone for help so you can move the item more safely.

By increasing your awareness and attention to potential risks, injuries from stairway falls can be prevented.

Date Posted: 11-07-2016
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