Asked on Jan 20, 2019

How to safe-proof wooden stairs (in a bi-level) to prevent falls?

OlivaPamela

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Must be easy to clean without looking commercial .

3 answers
  • Oliva
    Oliva
    on Jan 20, 2019

    Carpeting with rug pad is your best safety option. Stair treads and not skid strips will not prevent serious injuries should someone contact edge of tread when falling.

  • Pamela
    Pamela
    on Jan 20, 2019

    They make nice stair treads that are decorative .

    • Pamela
      Pamela
      on Jan 20, 2019

      Hi ! There is a large selection on Amazon.com . Also another suggestion is maybe put up a second handrail on the other side . And I don't know if you wear hi focal glasses , but I have heard from quite a few people , that they are dangerous to wear when navigating stairs !

  • Oliva
    Oliva
    on Jan 20, 2019

    If you've experienced several falls on stair carpeting, it may have been poorly installed, or too deep of pile. Stair carpeting should be so secure there is no movement.

    Perhaps you need a lower pile carpet. Shag/deep pile carpeting is not advised for stairways, to preclude tripping/falls.

    It would be prudent to install dual handrails, if you've not already done so.

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