Stairways falls are a common accident that can occur around your home or at work and often result in serious injuries.

Stair falls are one of the greatest challenges in fall prevention and are responsible for many serious injuries. People tend to fall more often on short flights of steps; in one study 80% of stair falls were on staircases with five or fewer steps.

Most falls occur on the top or bottom three steps of a staircase. There are some simple preventive measures that can be taken to minimize the risks:

• Keep stairways clear at all times. This includes landing areas.

• Make sure stairs are equipped with secure handrails that are used whenever climbing or descending stairs.

• All stairs should be at the same height & depth and be equipped with a non-slip surface.

• Repair any stairs that are loose, broken or have a slippery surface. Fix loose or torn carpeting.

• Ensure that stairways are well lit with a light switch at both the top and bottom of the stairs. Install a low intensity night light if possible.

• If there are rugs at the top or bottom of the stairs make sure they have a non-slip backing.

• Think about the task you are doing – navigating stairs.

• Be aware of alcohol consumption or any medicine that may cause side effects such as dizziness or blurred vision.

• If you have an uncorrected vision problem or other physical issue, consider using the elevator or report to our supervisor you are not able to safely use the stairs.

• When using stairs, take your time, don’t carry items that will block your view of the stairs or prevent you from holding onto the handrail and make sure you can see clearly. This includes removing reading glasses or wearing glasses prescribed for distance.

Choose to be safe. It’s your responsibility - to your family, your colleagues, your clients and yourself.