Tips for Avoiding Accidents and
Injury on the Stairs
By
the team at Gowling Stairs
TIP 1

All staircases should have at least one handrail, but two are
better than one. You need to use the handrail wheneve...
TIP 2

If your stairs are carpeted, make sure that the pattern is not
misleading. Plain carpet will always show the edge o...
TIP 3

Do you find vacuuming your stairs difficult because of the
flexibility or weight of your vacuum cleaner? Consider b...
TIP 4

Make sure that the area surrounding your stairs is well lit.
There should be a switch at the top and bottom. You mi...
TIP 5

Avoid rushing up or down the stairs, especially if you’re carrying
something. You should also make sure that you al...
TIP 6

Never leave things on the stairs, as this can create a tripping hazard.
You might have just placed some towels on t...
TIP 7

Never place loose rugs at the top or bottom of the steps, as
this will also create a tripping hazard. If you must h...
By following each of these tips you can rest assured that you are
always using stairs safely and that you are lessening th...
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Unfortunately, there are thousands of accidents every year that involve people falling up or down stairs. This can cause serious injury, from broken bones and bruises to concussions and even broken necks. To ensure that you are always safe when using stairs, the team at Gowling Stairs has compiled these helpful tips that are sure to keep you in place.

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Tips For Avoiding Accidents And Injury On The Stairs

  1. 1. Tips for Avoiding Accidents and Injury on the Stairs By the team at Gowling Stairs
  2. 2. TIP 1 All staircases should have at least one handrail, but two are better than one. You need to use the handrail whenever you are walking up or down the steps, especially in the case of children and the elderly.
  3. 3. TIP 2 If your stairs are carpeted, make sure that the pattern is not misleading. Plain carpet will always show the edge of the step much better. You should also fix frayed, loose or worn carpet as soon as possible.
  4. 4. TIP 3 Do you find vacuuming your stairs difficult because of the flexibility or weight of your vacuum cleaner? Consider buying a handheld, cordless dust buster that is specifically for cleaning the steps.
  5. 5. TIP 4 Make sure that the area surrounding your stairs is well lit. There should be a switch at the top and bottom. You might also like to install a sensor light that will turn on when it senses movement at night.
  6. 6. TIP 5 Avoid rushing up or down the stairs, especially if you’re carrying something. You should also make sure that you always have one hand free to hold onto the handrail; it’s better to make two safe journeys.
  7. 7. TIP 6 Never leave things on the stairs, as this can create a tripping hazard. You might have just placed some towels on the bottom step to remind you to take them up, but it isn’t worth the risk of someone hurting themselves.
  8. 8. TIP 7 Never place loose rugs at the top or bottom of the steps, as this will also create a tripping hazard. If you must have a rug there, make sure it is a few steps away from the staircase to ensure it won’t become an issue.
  9. 9. By following each of these tips you can rest assured that you are always using stairs safely and that you are lessening the risk of an accident occurring. To learn more about the different staircase designs provided by the team at Gowling Stairs, check out our website: www.gowlingstairs.com.au

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