How Safe Is Your Staircase?
Accidents are simply unavoidable sometimes. However, much can be done to prevent home-related accidents by having a good home maintenance routine. The staircase is one area in particular that needs to be checked for safety regularly, as it is a part of the house that sees a lot of accidents.
There are a few ways to maintain the stairs in your home. Firstly, you need to ensure that the stairs themselves are not slipping hazards, so check them for loose carpeting. If they are wooden, check that they are not too well polished, which will make them very dangerous. You should also make sure that the banisters or handrails are secure and not wobbly.
The staircase as well as its surrounding area should also have good lighting. Each step needs to be clearly visible, especially if members of the household are elderly or visually impaired.
Do you live in an older house? If so, your staircase may not meet current building standards. For example, to prevent stairs from becoming a tripping hazard, they need to be the same height. Banisters should be positioned close enough to one another that it would be impossible for a young child to get their head trapped.
If it has been some time since you checked your staircase for safety, why not schedule some time to do it soon? This way you will be protecting yourself and your household from accidents and injury.ere to edit.
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Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL