Whether you have elderly parents moving in with you or if you are just concerned about the safety of your family and guests while they’re at your home, there are some major and minor improvements you can and should make to your home to prevent accidents. From applying non-slip surfaces to stair treads to a chair lift for stairs in Dallas, here are some things you may want to consider in order to make your home a safer and happier place for everyone.
Install Stair Railings
The code in most areas requires that you have a hand railing on one side of the stairs. It wouldn’t take up too much space and would make your staircase much safer if you were to install a railing on both sides. This is an inexpensive improvement that may make all the difference.
Put Down Non-Slip Stair Treads
There are inexpensive adhesives you can install on your stair treads that provide extra grip which will provide a safer and more secure walking area. These adhesive strips serve a dual purpose by increasing the visibility of treads, thereby reducing the chance of you or someone else misreading the edge tripping over the nose of the following step. Additionally, putting an absorbent mat at the top and bottom of the stairs can prevent a slip hazard when outside conditions are wet.
Keep the Stairway and Landings Clear
One of the easiest things to do is to just to keep the stairs free of clutter and debris. Never leave unused objects or articles of clothing on the stairs or landing areas; it’s easy to forget they are there and accidently trip over them on our next trip up or down the stairs.
Enhance the Lighting
One of the problems with many staircases is that they are just too dark. Add overhead lighting to the staircase and, if necessary, on the risers.
Consider a Stair Lift
A stair lift is a great idea, especially if you have aging adults in your home. Talking to a professional stair lift installer will give you an idea of the cost as well as many of the benefits of this home improvement. Although the cost of some stair lifts is high, there are many affordable options available. Additionally, companies like Golden Years Renovations LLC offer stair lift rentals in Dallas at a low monthly cost. Additionally, as soon as the stair lift is no longer needed, the company will come remove the stair lift for you.
Although all of the modifications listed will reduce the risk of falling, the surest way to make your home and stairway as safe as possible is to have a stair lift installed by a reputable accessibility and mobility company like Golden Years Renovations LLC, a professional stair lift installer in Dallas. If you live in Dallas or surrounding areas, contact the team at Golden Years Renovations LLC today for a free in-home consultation.