Injuries by slipping, tripping or falling down stairs are among the most common injuries sustained in homes. There are several things home owners can do to prevent such unfortunate stair-related injuries at home.
Injuries by slipping and falling down stairs can be prevented by installing handrails on both sides and fitting anti-slip treads to each step.
Trip injuries can be prevented by ensuring stairs are kept free of clutter and adequate lighting is present to avoid people tripping in the dark and falling down stairs.
Preventing children being injured by falling is made easier by fitting stair gates at both ends – top and bottom – of staircases. Naturally, these gates are helpful, but should never be regarded as a substitute for adult supervision, especially when toddlers start making their own way up and down the stairs. At this point, it is vital to prevent trips and falls by teaching the child to:
- Always hold on to the handrail
- Ask for help if they need to take something up or down the stairs
- Keep toys and other belongings off the stairs
Children also need to be told that they should never jump or play on stairs.
While it is best to avoid carrying children on stairs, this is not possible when a child is very young and unable to walk. In this case, accidental injuries can be avoided by:
- Not carrying anything else at the same time
- Steadying yourself by keeping one hand on the stair rail
- Never using buggies on stairs
When carrying anything, whether it is a child or a basket full of washing, it is imperative to keep one hand free to allow yourself to hold on to the rail and prevent yourself from tripping and falling.
Away from home
While it is comparatively easy to prevent slips, trips and falls on your stairs at home, this may not be as easy in other places. Although shops, restaurants and other public places have a duty to protect both staff and customers against slip, fall or trip injuries, accidents can and will happen in these often busy places.
Your right as a consumer
Should you be injured by falling, tripping or slipping in a public place, you may be eligible to claim for personal injury compensation. Boasting an excellent reputation and years of experience in processing compensation claims, Accident Advice Helpline is your best choice for making a successful claim.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice