Steps

 

Walking up/down steps

Risk Factors Prevention
  • Lack of handrail support
  • Lack of lighting
  • Steps/step coverings in poor repair

  • Stairway Activity:

  • Hurrying up/down steps
  • Carrying loads, unable to see steps
  • Wearing socks (easy to slip on steps)
  • Not using handrails
  • Install handrails on both sides of steps (handrails should extend beyond top/bottom step so elders know they are on solid footing; handrails should be round in shape to ensure good grasp)
  • Install increased stairway lighting and check for shadows that may cause visual confusion
  • Provide lighting at top/bottom of steps where most falls occur
  • Repair faulty steps/coverings
  • Install carpet or non-slip rubber treads on each step (carpeted stairs are preferable to bare steps because they are less slippery)
  • Work on education/behavior modification to change potentially accident-prone stairway activity (i.e., grasp hand rails)
  • Wear supportive footwear with slip-resistant soles

Other Areas of Fall Prevention

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