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Keeping Steps and Stairs Safe

Dec 24, 2007
Steps and stairs are always a hazard that need consideration whether in the workplace, public arena, or the home. One slip can result in injuries to the person slipping, but can also result in damages to employers in the form of increased insurance or even a hefty lawsuit by either a commercial or private property owner.

But worse than a slip from a sue-happy passerby is injury to someone you love and care about, or even yourself. If you have steps or stairs around your home or business, whether they are inside or out, making them safe should be a priority keep yourself, those you love, and litigation seekers safe.

Installing Non-Slip Stair Treads

One of the quickest ways to make steps around your property safer is to make them less slippery by installing non-slip stair treads.

Non-slip stair treads are easily installed and don't cost much. Consider them insurance against any who might try and accuse you of not "doing enough" to secure your property. Non-slip stair coverings will also give you peace of mind and confidence when you or others choose to make use of your stairs.

Fix Damaged Steps

This is perhaps the most obvious task you can do to improve safety. Damaged steps are just begging for somebody to step on them and slip, causing injury. Make sure that steps are stable enough to walk on, that all steps are evenly spaced, aren't cracked or missing pieces, and that they are clearly visible.

If you plan on installing non-slip tread coverings, you should first ensure that there is no damage to any of the steps. Placing treads over the top of damaged steps can actually lead to a worse situation than you had before, since the presence of non-slip treads might give someone confidence to walk on steps they normally wouldn't.

Hand Rails

In combination with non-slip stair treads and repairing damaged steps, installing hand rails pretty much completes any improvements you can make to increase safety on steps and stairs.

Choosing Correct Non-Slip Stair Treads

Non-slip stairs should do what they say. That is, prevent people from slipping under a myriad of conditions.

Some "non-slip" stair treads work great when they are dry, but lose effectiveness when wet. Others work well if you are in good boots, but not barefoot (or vice versa). The non-slip stair treads you install should prevent slipping when wet or dry, and regardless of the type of footwear being worn.
About the Author
Amstep (http://www.amstep.com) has been a leader in non-slip stair tread fabrication and design for over 85 years. Their technology is positively recognized worldwide and used by the U.S. Navy for which Amstep provides non-slip coating to for aircraft carrier landing decks.
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