If you have kids, you want to keep them as safe as possible. However, younger kids often have difficulty navigating staircases. Even older children can have accidents when they rush up or down the stairs.
Below are some pointers on how you can make staircase safe for your kids:
Use the Buddy System
Having someone with your child as they go up the stairs can ensure that no accidents happen. If a toddler has to go up the stairs, make sure someone is there to hold their hand as they walk up and down them. If there is an older child in the group that you can count on, make it their job to assist younger children with the stairs. The older child will love having a responsibility and it will keep them occupied as well.
Clear Stairs of Clutter
From laundry to shoes, we often place belongings on our stairs. Although we are aware of what clutter is there and where we need to step, children are not going to notice that or know to avoid it. Make sure your stairs are completely free of clutter. It will not only make it safer, but it will make your house appear much tidier.
Teach Children How to Be Safe
When your children are old enough to understand, teach them how to safely use the stairs. Show them how to use the handrail and explain why they should be hanging onto it. Teach them that the stairs are meant for walking up and down, not for jumping or running.
Purchase Baby Gates
If you have young children that are just starting to walk and wobble, consider installing baby gates at the top and the bottom of the staircase. Baby gates will ensure that children do not get up or down the stairs without the assistance of someone else. In fact, baby gates now come in all kinds of woods and colors and can actually appear very decorative.
Here at Acadia Stairs, we want everyone in your household to stay safe on your stairs. For more stair tips, read through our blog.