Home Safety Assessment - Staircases

From the Department of Rehabilitation Science - University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Portions of the full document are used here as a helpful tool to find issues in your home.


The list identifies all the potential home hazards that may cause a fall.

  1. Poor or lack of lighting
  2. Lack of railings
  3. Clutter
  4. Steps too steep
  5. Slippery steps without tread/ carpet

Solutions to Problems in the Staircases

1. Lack of or poor lighting

  • Increase wattage to allowable limits in lights.
  • Add additional overhead or wall lighting.

2. Lack of railings

  • Add at least one railing the entire length of the wall, ideally one on each side.

3. Clutter

  • Eliminate clutter on floors by removing and/or organizing items in areas near the stairs.

4. Steps too steep

  • Use railings for stability.
  • Walk slowly up and down stairs with lights on.
  • Have others carry heavy or large items up or down the stairs.
  • Reduce daily use of stairs to reduce risk of falls.

5. Slippery steps without tread or carpet or luminous light 

  • Add adhesive stair treads or carpet runner.

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