5/12/2022 How to Make Your Stairways Safe to Avoid a Slip and Fall Injury
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5/12/2022 How to Make Your Stairways Safe to Avoid a Slip and Fall Injury

by | May 12, 2022 | Firm News

In this blog post, we’ll discuss what you can do to ensure that your staircase is as safe as possible for visitors.
• Make sure your stairs are well lit. Place on/off switches at both the top and bottom of the staircase. This is not the place for mood lighting—bright is best.
• Don’t clutter the stairs with decorations. Decorating is nice, but cluttering the stairs is dangerous. Don’t place any sort of object on the stairs and don’t crowd the handrail with decorations, either.
• Make sure your handrail is secure. The handrail should be able to hold the weight of an adult in case a fall accident occurs and the victim needs to stop their fall by clinging to the railing. Also, be sure the handrail is the proper height and length.
• Add traction. Polished wood or slick carpet might look nice, but safety is more important than appearance when it comes to staircases.
• Avoid throw rugs. If your staircase does have carpeting, be absolutely sure that it is secure. Many fall accidents occur because of torn or loose carpeting. Avoid placing throw rugs at the top or bottom landing of your stairs.
• Consider covering exterior stairways. Outdoor slip and fall stairway accidents in Vermont often occur because of wet, snowy,icy or slick stairs. Having a covered stairwell might prevent a number of these accidents.
Do you believe you were injured in a Vermont slip and fall accident caused by a negligent property owner? Get answers today. Call David Polow today at 802-888-7707.