According to the National Safety Council, over one million injuries occur each year as the result of stairway falls. Fortunately, there are several simple safety adjustments you can make to reduce staircase accidents, especially in households with small children or seniors.
1) Add Non-Slip Treads
Non-slip stair treads are one of the simplest and most cost-effective modifications you can make to your staircase. These treads have a skid resistant bottom to protect your stairs, and a strip bump design on top to give your family and pets more traction. You can also easily cut them to size.
2) Light Your Path
Those bleary-eyed late night trips to the bathroom are a recipe for staircase injuries, but adding motion sensor lights along the steps can help prevent falls. These easy installation stick-on LED lights will brighten your path and save you from stubbed toes. At under $20, these battery powered lights make your stairs safer on a budget.
3) Install a Stair Lift
If a fear of falling or mobility issues are keeping you from enjoying the second floor of your home, try installing a stair lift. With different sizes and designs, finding the right staircase for your home is easy, and you may even qualify for a tax deduction.