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  • Writer's pictureDr. Monique J. Caruth, PT, DPT

Stairs At Home? Know How To Stay Safe & Prevent Falls.

Updated: Sep 30, 2023

Preventing falls on stairs is essential for safety. Here are some tips to help you avoid falling on stairs:

1. Use the Handrail: Always use the handrail when available. This provides stability and support while ascending or descending stairs. Secure handrail or add a grab bar.

2. Mind Your Step: Pay attention to your footing and take one step at a time. Avoid rushing or taking large strides.

3. Proper Lighting: Ensure that staircases are well-lit, especially at night. Good lighting helps you see each step clearly.

4. Remove Hazards: Keep staircases clear of clutter, objects, or loose items that could cause tripping.

5. Wear Appropriate Footwear: Choose shoes with non-slip soles and good traction to prevent slipping on the stairs.

6. Hold Items Securely: If carrying items up or down the stairs, make sure they are well-balanced and not obstructing your view.

7. Mind the Weather: Be extra cautious when stairs are wet or icy. Consider using anti-slip tread or salt in such conditions.

8. Take Your Time: Don't rush on stairs. Walking slowly and carefully reduces the risk of losing balance.

9. Watch for Uneven Steps: Be aware of any uneven or damaged steps and report them for repair.

10. Hold the Railing Firmly: When ascending or descending, maintain a firm grip on the handrail for added stability.

11. Focus Ahead: Look ahead, not at your feet, while on the stairs. This helps you anticipate the next step.

12. Stay Sober: Avoid using stairs while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as they impair balance and coordination.

13. Educate Children: Teach children how to use stairs safely, and supervise them until they can navigate them independently.

14. Install Safety Gates: If you have young children or pets, consider installing safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases.

15. Consider Handrails on Both Sides: If possible, install handrails on both sides of the staircase, especially for elderly individuals or those with mobility challenges.

Remember that preventing falls on stairs is a matter of mindfulness and taking necessary precautions.

By following these tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of accidents on stairs. #falls #fallsafety #homehealth #homehealthcare

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