Walking up and down the stairs seems so simple since we’ve all been doing it since we were toddlers. That simplicity can make us forget how important the safety of stairs is. But a fall on stairs can be extremely dangerous, often resulting in serious injuries. So when designing a new staircase, or renovating the one you have, it is essential to consider exactly who will be using the stairs.
Especially if you have elderly people using the stairs, you will need to ensure that the treads enable a good grip when climbing the stairs. A non-slip surface on at least on the leading edges is crucial to reduce the risk of slipping. Such a surface can be made of rubber, metal, or painted with special slip-resistant paint. Or you could add slip-resistant strips or mats to each tread. Quality strips are good options for outdoor staircases as they prevent slipping when the steps are wet due to weather conditions.
As with everything in a home, regular maintenance and considerate planning of the stairs can keep your home a safe place for all.