Keeping Kids Safe: Staircase and Hallway Safety

Staircases and hallways are high-traffic areas and should be monitored for safety hazards. Knowing what to look out for is the first step toward keeping those areas safe for the whole family.

1. Safety gates can be used to prevent very young children from accessing unsafe areas such as open staircases. Don’t forget, however, that hurtling safety gates can pose its own safety risks. Try to position gates in such a way that allows you to regain safe footing after stepping over and before starting down the stairs. If that’s not possible, make sure you purchase a gate that can operate as a swinging gate. If family members and guests can simply open the gate, as opposed to dislodging it completely each time they need to pass through. This way, they will be less inclined, at least hypothetically, to try to hurtle the gate or attempt some other less-than-safe method of passage.

2. Halls and stairs need to be safe to use as night too. Make sure all nighttime traffic areas are well-lit and kept free from toys, decorations, unsecured rugs or runners, and other items that could cause falls or be dangerous to fall on to or walk in to.

3. Stairs should be checked periodically for signs of structural instability.

4. Carpeting stairs can provide a slip-resistant walking surface and some degree of cushioning in the event of a fall. Runners or carpeting that only covers the middle portion of the steps, however, can be more dangerous than a bare walking surface. The change in surfaces can lead to some serious falls when one foot winds up on a carpeted section of a step and the other lands on a part without.

Don’t forget to protect your children and other loved ones with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.


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