Depending on the design and structure of your custom staircase, there may be specific safety tips and requirements that you need to know to keep you and your family safe. For example, there are different safety tips for a floating staircase than there would be for a traditional staircase. However, there are some staircase safety tips that are truly universal.
We believe in staircase safety and always discuss safety issues with our clients. Whether you are installing an industrial commercial staircase or a new custom staircase in your home, safety is one of our top concerns. Here are some of our top safety tips for your custom staircase.
Keep Your Stairs Clutter-Free.
Falls account for many household injuries in Australia, many of which happen on the stairs. When your stairs are cluttered, the chances of you or someone in your home falling are greatly increased. If you have a family with small children, you know how difficult it can be to keep your home clutter-free. Even if the rest of your home is not clutter-free, your staircase should always be.
If you are installing a new custom staircase, consider a staircase with additional storage lining the stairs or a landing where you can place additional storage bins. When you do come across clutter on your stairs, you’ll have quick access to clean up the clutter and keep your family safe. While this point may seem obvious, we can’t stress enough the importance of keeping your staircase clutter-free.
Install a Handrail.
Many local building ordinances require a handrail, but even if yours does not, you should always install a handrail to keep your friends and family safe on your stairs. A handrail allows guests to hold on to something secure when they are going up and down the stairs, making the staircase much safer. When someone goes up a new staircase for the first time, they can often misjudge the riser height. One misstep without a handrail can prove disastrous.
Handrails also provide some structural support as well, and create unity from the top of your stairs to another. Even if you think you don’t need a handrail, we always recommend installing one even if local ordinances do not require one.
Runners and rugs either at the bottom of your stairs, on landings, or on the stairs themselves need to be secured before anyone uses your stairs. If your runner becomes bunched on the stairs, someone using the stairs can very easily trip over the runner and seriously injure themselves. Regardless of whether you’re going up or down the stairs, a fall can be extremely dangerous.
Lighting is Essential.
One of the most important factors when it comes to staircase safety is having sufficient lighting throughout the area where your staircase is located. Whether it’s lamps, overhead lights, or natural light, you need to have enough light so everyone can clearly see where they are stepping, regardless of the time of day.
Poor lighting can easily cause someone to lose their footing and fall, especially on a new custom staircase installation. Always install ample lighting and a switch at the top and the bottom of your stairs to easily turn lighting on and off.
At S&A Stairs, we take your staircase safety very seriously. During our initial design consultation, our team will point out any obvious safety concerns and will suggest various ways to remedy those concerns. For more tips on staircase safety or to start planning your new custom staircase design, contact our team today.