Stairway Safety Tips

  • Adequate lighting on steps
  • Apply brightly colored tape to the top and bottom steps to signal beginning and end of the steps.
  • Apply non-skid surfaces to the steps.
  • Install a ramp over the steps if unable to safely climb steps.
  • If unable to use a walker, cane or mobility aid on steps, place a second aid at the top or bottom for safety.
  • Install handrails on at least one side of the steps. Handrails two to three inches from the wall permit good grasp.
  • Keep steps clutter free.

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