Your mother probably told you not to run around the pool. Did she give you tips on walking up and down some stairs, too? Even if she did, you probably didn’t listen. But in order to save face and keep your bones from breaking, you probably would listen now. If you walk up or down stairs frequently, read on for some tips about how to do so safely, including using the rail and stepping on stair nosing.
Hopefully it’s not news to you that the rail alongside the stairs is not for decoration. It’s for handling. Yes, it’s for your handling. You are not too cool to grab onto the rail. This is especially important if the stairs are slippery or icy. Grabbing that rail can save you from tumbling down several stairs and landing at the bottom to meet a concerned (or laughing) crowd. If you’re a germaphobe, then wear gloves. Or use some antibacterial hand gel when you have reached the top. The germs are not going to hurt you any worse than falling down the stairs would.
Wear Good Shoes
Clearly, good shoes make all the difference. Those popular flat shoes have very slick bottoms on them. This makes you much more likely to slip and fall. Clearly, shoes with traction are your safest bet. Make sure they’re the kind that comes out, kind of like a big truck’s tires. The rubber bottoms that collect snow or ice in them aren’t going to help you. You want the kind that creates some tracks when you step in snow. Heels are not a good idea. Cross trainers might be a safe bet, but snow boots or other heavy-duty boots are certainly your safest wager at staying still on the slippery stairs.
Note the Grip Tape
When walking down stairs, it is especially important to use the ones that have stair nosing. The lack of grip tape on a step is all it takes for one foot to kick straight out in front of you while the rest of your body cascades down the cement steps. If there is no grip tape on the stairs, write a formal complaint while you’re at the hospital. And next time, wear good shoes and hold the rail like your mother told you to.