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4 Steps To Take To Make Your Stairs Safer

Most of us take the act of walking up and down the stairs for granted. We don’t generally consider it an issue as the task is generally a regular part of our everyday lives. For both seniors and individuals with mobility issues, however, the climbing of stairs is a difficult activity. This is especially true when staircases are in disrepair or are strewn with obstacles. Stair safety, it needs to be made clear, is no laughing matter.

According to a 2015 CTV News report based on information provided by the Canadian Public Health Association, “on average, every day in Canada, nearly one person dies falling on a set of stairs, and more than 270 people end up in the hospital…And elderly people make up two-thirds of those cases.”

So what are some steps that can be taken to make your stairs safer? Here are four:

1. Light it up.

Seeing where you’re stepping is the first step to steps that are hazard-free. Be sure to have well-lit staircases in your home so that all users of the stairs can see where they’re going. Just as importantly, good lighting helps for people to sidestep obstacles, if left on the stairs. It should go without saying that the stairs should be kept free of any debris. However, lighting it up to make each step clearly visible will help to prevent accidents.

In a special report compiled by the Community Health Research Unit at the University of Ottawa, the lighting of staircases is the first suggestion given to improve stair safety. “This isn’t the place to try and save a few pennies on electricity,” states the report, “Use the maximum wattage permitted by the light socket and it’s best if stairs have two light switches, one at the top and the second at the bottom.”

2. Mind what you wear.

We don’t often consider the style of our garments as being safety issues. However, when it comes to both your footwear and your choice of clothing to wear around the house, it’s important to keep in mind how they can impact your safety when walking up and down the stairs. The University of Ottawa report asks people to make note of the looseness of their clothing.

“Don’t take the stairs in your stocking feet, loose shoes or floppy slippers,” it warns, “And if you wear long skirts, loose trousers or dressing gowns, take extra care on stairs — they’re very easy to trip on.”

3. Take your time.

This may sound like a no-brainer piece of advice, but it’s important to give nonetheless. Have you ever tripped “up” the stairs? This often happens when you’re rushing. As the University of Ottawa’s Community Health Research Unit advises, “Don’t rush – take your time and take a good look at the stairs; shadows, unexpectedly short handrails, and uneven steps can all cause distractions or unexpected disruptions and lead to falls.”

4. Consider installing a stair lift.

For individuals with significant mobility issues, no safety measures will make things safe enough. A stair lift, however, will remove all of the dangers associated with climbing up and down stairs on your own. For more information about the stair lifts offered by Advantage Home Health Solutions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

Stairlift | FAQ’s

What's the minimum width for a stair lift?

There are no specific width requirements to install a stairlift. All stairs in Canada are built to specific codes and standard widths, which we know will permit the installation of some type of stairlift. There are no renovations required; we install the stairlift in the space you have and based on your specific requirements. You do not have to remove handrails for a stairlift installation.

What's the average cost of a stair lift?

Many factors can influence the price of a stairlift such as number of stairs, curves, stopping points, nearby availability of power sources. We will always determine the most suitable, safe and cost effective solution for your specific needs.

Some of the price ranges for stairlifts can be found on our website. You may also qualify for funding

Do you carry anything similar to acorn chair lifts for stairs?

We carry both straight and curved stairlifts for various types of settings. What’s important to note is we have a PhotoSurvey system to assist us with exact measurements of your stairs. This system helps us in perfecting your stairlift installation and will ensure a safe, smooth and always complete ride up the stairs.

We are sure to have a model of stairlift suitable for your needs, safety and budgetary requirements.

Is it possible to install a stair lift myself?

If you have a bit of construction or technical, engineering type background, it’s possible. But there are a number of factors that would probably influence you NOT to do the installation yourself.

On the YES side:

If it’s a straight stairlift, it’s possible:

  • If there’s a supplier (manufacturer or dealer) willing to support you with installation questions.
  • If you have a bit of technical knowledge, good measurements and understanding of mathematical information to make the necessary calculations to get the right parts.

On the NO side:

  • It can be a bit complex or confusing. If you don’t have the correct tools for cutting or joining the rails.
  • If you run into an issue after installation (like a breakdown), it may not be covered by warranty.
  • If it involves a stairlift with turns or curves, it’s challenging to ensure the exact measurements that will ensure a perfectly smooth and safe ride.

We are sure to have a model of stairlift suitable for your needs, safety and budgetary requirements.

My stair lift is beeping. What could be wrong?

Here are some possibilities that could explain why your stair lift is beeping:

Power off, receptacle issues, tripped breaker, charger issues, dislodged from the charge strip, connection issue between charger and rail, not in locked position and therefore can’t use remote, seat not in lock position, obstruction, armrests not in down position, some safety issue that needs tending.

If your stair lift needs service, we’re happy to help. Just give us a call and we’ll do our best to help. If it’s not urgent, you can request more information or a service call here.

My stair lift will not move. What could be the problem?

There are several possibilities for a stairlift to not work:

  • key (incorrect position or missing)
  • armrests in the wrong position
  • if it’s not plugged in
  • if  batteries are drained from age or other reasons such as recent power outage.

If this didn’t solve the issue, you may need a service call. Reach out by phone and call 403-460-5438 or request more information about stair lift service here.

How is a stairlift installed?

When installing a stair lift, we’ll be sure to get as close to the wall or railing as possible. We’ll take measurements specific to your stairs and in the event of a curved stair lift, we’ll manufacture a unit specifically for your situation. We’ll mount the stair lift rail directly onto the stair treads.

A stairlift can typically be installed in one afternoon. We’ll always ensure the stair lift installation meets your needs for safety of the user as well as others in the home.

Find Out More About Stair Lifts… 

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