This “oops! prevention review” is to help people stop slipping on stairs.
Just a note: My aim in these blogs is to build faith and have fun doing that. In this blog I want people to be aware that there are things and places which can steal both faith and fun through accidents and such. Stairs are one of those dangerous things, so I want to help you stay happy, safe and full of faith by sharing some ways to stay safe while moving on stairs.
Stairs are treacherous when wet, iced or have debris laying on them. It is NOT fun to fall down stairs (or up them, for that matter).
I want to review some ways to make stairs safe by applying specialized safety strips, so you can ‘get a grip’. Most stairs outside are open to the elements and therefore are open to opportunities for falling. Almost all young folk laugh at the dangers of these up and down venues. They run up or down in a care free manner, defying gravity and fate.
However, change the age, time, temperature, add precipitation, wind or blinding sun or darkness and now we have the stuff nightmares are made of. Falling on stairs can bring broken bones, bruised muscles, strained ligaments and more.
FIRST RULE OF SAFETY
KEEP THE WAY CLEAN AND CLEAR!
This gives you the advantage of moving in safety under normal conditions. Clearly our dolly above missed something even though everything appears clean and clear. Possibly the surface was slippery because of the substance used to finish it. We don’t know, but she is falling.
What else could have happened here?
- maybe she was running
- possibly she was trying to take too many stairs in one step
- it could be she was distracted and tripped or missed a step
This could have been avoided simply by following
Watch where you’re going, pay attention to where you’re stepping and stay in control.
These two rules, if followed, should help us to avoid a fall. But sometimes we need a little extra assistance in staying safe.
This is where safety strips come in. These are specially prepared strips with a granular surface for providing a grip and an adhesive to bond them to the stair surface
In addition to the adhesive and grit, these have a reflective stripe at the edge for visual assistance to locate the edge of the tread. Stepping on these as you move from tread to tread enables your foot to better adhere and prevents slipping.
[No more “bumps in the night”?!]
To find out more about placement, construction, durability, ease of installation and cost, click on the link above.
(Amazon requires me to let you know that if you decide to purchase these or others I will show in this blog, I will receive a small percentage as a commission for providing this information and connection. Hope that’s OK.)
As there are various types and surfaces of stairs, manufacturers have produced a variety of safety strips.
There are many and varied types available as you can see from this small sampling. Check them out if you have a need for more safety in your home, business or shop area. I’m sure you can use your imagination to find more places. Allow me to leave you with a picture of one of my projects.
This is in front of a law office in downtown Corning, Iowa. I used 4″ x 36″ strips on polyethylene painted deck wood.
Hope you enjoyed this.