Staircases are a must for any double story home and for homes with higher inner platforms. In fact, an elevator is the only alternative to staircases and these electronic home installations are hardly worth the investment unless you have a disability. The right type of staircase can make a home seem a lot more classy, elegant and exciting. But even the most beautiful and short staircase can be incredibly dangerous.
Slipping, tripping and falling are a common problem in Australia, especially for those operating and residing in buildings with staircases. Over 386 Australian workers were killed between 2003 and 2015 by falling to their death. In 2008 a total of 1348 Australians fell to their death. While these deaths are not all linked to staircases plenty of them do in fact occur when people slip or lose their footing on staircases. This figure does however greatly exclude the number of injuries obtained from falling which means a lot more people are annually tumbling down staircases than we might even realise.
Common injuries obtained from falling down the stairs
Staircases are very steep and usually results in spiraling all the way down. Those that fall down staircases are very likely to obtain knee, ankle, back, and head injuries. Those that were lucky enough to come off their falls without injuries most certainly obtained some form of bruising or scraping.
Anti-slip additives secures your steps
Anti-slip additives are a powder additive that is mixed with a floor or wood coating. Once the additive is dry the surface will have a non-slip finish. These additives are made of recycled glass that has been tumbled to remove all sharp edges. It is incredibly important to add an anti-slip additive to the surface of steps. This additive reduces the chance of slipping as you climb the steps because it increases traction on the steps which enhances safety whether you are going about barefoot, with high grip shoes or with smooth soled shoes.
Anti-slip additives doesn’t affect the look of your steps
There are quite a few different types of anti-slip additives on the market. Some of these additives are coloured while others are completely clear. At SA Stairs we use a clear anti-slip additive so the natural shine and look of the wood staircases will still be visible. Our high-quality anti-slip additives also don’t alter the luxury and elegant look of the staircases and those that use these stairs are a lot safer while hustling up and down.
Anti-slip additives can be used for more than just staircases
While these anti-slip additives are amazing for making the staircase a lot safer they can be used for much more than just staircases. These non-slip additives can be used on virtually any flooring type and especially for commercial flooring so those that tread upon these surfaces won’t slip and obtain injury.
These additives are important for all staircases
It is important to create an anti-slip staircase in any home or building. Children and elderly have a much higher likelihood of slipping and falling down staircases due to mobility issues. They are also much more vulnerable to serious injuries such as broken bones and head traumas because bones in children and elderly are much more fragile. It is also important to coat workplace staircases with non-slip additives because a lot of employees are often rushed to get to their offices or to get their jobs done and frequently need to climb staircases in haste.
While anti-slip additives are amazing for enhancing stair safety these are hardly the only safety measures that can be used to secure your stairs. Installing stair accessories like handrails, posts, and balustrades all can make the staircase a much safer place and can greatly prevent falling and injuries. These accessories can also make it much easier and quicker to get up and down staircases.