There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of kids (and maybe even a few fun-loving adults) who have seen the Harry Potter films and wish they could turn their staircase into a fun slide by waving a magic wand and shouting: ‘glisseo’. Hermione Granger used this ‘spell’ (pronounced ‘GLISS-ee-oh’, in case you would like to try it out) to flatten the steps of a stairway into a slide while trying to get away from Death Eaters.
The problem with slides
Unless you happen to know a counter spell like, for example, ‘finite incantatem’ (here is how to pronounce it, just in case: ‘fi-NEE-tay in-can-TAH-tem’), having a slide where your stairs ought to be could leave you with a few more or less serious issues:
- Problem number one would be to get back to the top without slipping and sliding back and forth for the rest of the day.
- Problem two could be someone already upstairs trying to come down and taking off down the slide rather unexpectedly. This would definitely result in curses, rather than spells, and could even cause a rather painful slip injury.
The moral of this sad tale is: ‘Please do not try this at home’.
Fantasy films and joking aside, slippery stairs can cause all sorts of serious injuries by slipping and falling. Highly polished stairs in public buildings, for instance, have been known to cause slips and falls not only resulting in severe bruising, but broken bones and back injuries.
The caretaker of a community centre in Germany, for example, took great pride in ‘her’ stairs resembling mirrors. Unfortunately, her pride came before some else’s fall. A visitor suffered slip injuries including a broken ankle and a severely bruised back, which caused him to suffer pain for months.
Other dangers on stairways
Clutter, loose carpet or flooring edges and uneven or damaged steps can also cause tripping injuries of varying severity. Injuries by falling from the top of the stairs could even include fatal neck, head or spinal injuries.
Slip-ups and other mishaps
People injured by slips, trips and falls in public buildings, at work or even in someone else’s home could be eligible to make a public liability claim if their slip, trip or fall was caused by another person’s overzealous or poor housekeeping. If this happened to you, fill out the online compensation calculator provided by Accident Advice Helpline or call our freephone advice line for help on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice