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Stair Safety Tips For Parents Of Young Children

April 26, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Stairs are more common in today’s larger homes than they were in the past. That is why it is so important for parents to consider all aspects of stair related safety when it comes to protecting children from injury and hazards. One example of stair safety that should always be considered is to ensure the stairs are always clean, well kept and free of clutter.

A Handrail On Each Side That Is In Good Working Order

Stairs that are in good condition and maintained in a clutter free way will greatly reduce the chances of an accidental fall. Equally important is to make sure that stairs have a handrail on each side that is in good working order. Even adults should consider always using the handrail when going up and down the stairs. Carrying large cumbersome items down the stairs without holding a handle is a sure way to trip, slip or fall. This is especially true when carrying children up or down the stairs.

Allowing Toddlers To Practice Walking Up And Down The Stairs

The best way to handle carrying children up and down the stairway is to hold the child in one hand and hold the handrail with the other hand. Trying to carry a child and a basket of clothing up or down a stairway is a sure way to cause serious injury for all involved. Parents with toddlers should exercise extreme caution when allowing toddlers to practice walking up and down the stairs. Never leave a toddler alone near a stairway. Always monitor their activity and help them as they learn to navigate stairs.

Choosing The Most Appropriate Baby Gate For Your Needs

Finally, teaching children of any age standard safety practices when it comes to navigating stairs are important. This simply means letting children know the benefit of always using a handrail and never playing or jumping in a stairway environment. As an added note, purchasing the right type of baby gate is an excellent way of preventing unexpected and unintentional accidents around the home. Doing a little bit of research online is a great way of choosing the most appropriate baby gate for your particular needs. Contact Hastings and Hastings today if you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence or malfeasance of another individual or company.