Mind Your Step

Posted in Anti-Slip Plates, Grip Tape, Maintenance, Product Ideas, Safety, Safety Nosings, Stair Treads

According to a Health and Safety Laboratory Report, falls from stairs currently represent the second highest agent involved in falls below 2 metres.  With most falls occurring in residential settings, and going unreported, the truth remains that this is an increasingly difficult area to monitor and improve, given the incomplete data collection. Recognising how to avoid falls, promote stair safety and prevent future mishaps should be a top priority for anyone with access to and control over stairs.

Frequently, fall victims attribute their tumbles and stumbles to clumsiness or lack of attention, focus or concentration.  However, more often than not, there are a combination of factors at play including stair condition, maintenance, environmental influences or the overall well-being and fitness of the individual involved – think age, overall health and awareness.

Downward falls represent a more serious event; however, falls upstairs can be equally damaging depending on the circumstances.  According to the HSL report, most stair injuries occur in the home with an estimated one-quarter of a million non-fatal accidental falls annually.

Preventing future mishaps will come from minimising the risks associated with stairs and educating children about the importance of general safety on and around staircases.  Routine care of stairs including maintenance, installation of stair treads or anti-slip runners, inspection and observation are all key steps to maintaining a safe environment.  Additionally, proper lighting and handrails can be beneficial in guarding against stair mishaps and falls.

When examining stair safety, consideration should be given to the following:

  • Stairs should be free of obstacles and debris
  • When cleaning carpeting or stair treads, all traces of soap and cleansers must be removed
  • Spills should be cleaned as soon as possible and care given to dry the stairs quickly
  • Owners and property managers should be attentive to loose carpeting or nosings
  • Proper lighting should be in use along with handrails
  • In the case of outdoor stairs, proper maintenance in response to the weather is key
  • Worn or frayed carpeting or treads should be replaced
  • On well travelled steps nosings are recommended to protect carpet and tread from routine wear and tear

We encourage our customers to properly maintain all indoor and outdoor stairs and suggest the use of stair treads, safety nosings, anti-slip plates and grip tape to protect the safety of your guests, visitors, patrons and employees alike while guarding against falls.

With the impending arrival of winter, now is the perfect time to prepare for inclement weather by installing outdoor safety stair treads.  Autumn represents the optimal time for installation of outdoor safety stair treads as the best bonding is achieved in temperatures above 15 degrees Celsius.  We take your safety seriously and hope you do as well.

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