Stairway Safety

Slips and falls are the main cause of injury for older people in the home. Many of injuries to elderly persons in their homes result from hazards that are easy to overlook, but also easy to fix.
When we do a home inspection there are 3 things we check for on all stairways: lighting, handrails, and the condition of the steps and coverings.
Stairs should be illuminated so that each step, particularly the step edges, can be clearly seen while going up and down stairs. You should be able to turn on the lights before you use the stairway from either end. Falls may occur if the edges of the steps are blurred or hard to see. Paint edges of outdoor steps white to see them better at night.
We recommend the use of handrails on both sides of the stairway. We will ensure that handrails meet Canadian safety guidelines when we inspect your home.

Stairs and steps should provide secure footing. Worn treads and worn and loose carpeting can lead to insecure footing, resulting in slips and falls. Make certain the carpet is firmly attached to the steps all along the stairs and that it is in good condition.
Do not store anything on the stairway, even temporarily. People can trip over objects left on stairs, particularly in the event of an emergency or fire.
By spotting these hazards and taking some simple steps to correct them, many injuries might be prevented. Remember, a government licensed home inspector from A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections can answer many of your safety-related questions during your next scheduled home maintenance inspection. We care about the safety of your family.
This was sent to me by Pedro Giorgana who works for “A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections”.  I found it very informative.