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Moving Tips: Outdoor stair safety

It is important to be careful when using the outside stairs.

It is important to be careful when using the outside stairs.

Whether you are bringing your belongings inside from your moving company, or you are just traveling in or out of your home, it is important to be safe when traveling on exterior stairs. While this may be easily overlooked, you or your family members can easily get hurt on stairs if you aren't careful.

Whenever traveling up or down the stairs, it is important to hold onto the railing, as this can help prevent falling over and getting hurt. If you move into the home and the stairs don't have a railing, it may be a good idea to create one before too long. However, if there is one, and you notice it is not as sturdy as you need it to be, it is a good idea to reinforce it or build another, better option.

Keep the area clear during bad weather, as this can prevent slipping. If it is snowing, make sure that you routinely clear the area with a shovel. Additionally, if there is ice forming on the steps, keep rock salt or another de-icer handy to keep traction at a maximum.

Inform your children not to run up and down the stairs, no matter what the conditions are outside. This can be hugely important, as acting carelessly can cause issues. Children also have a tendency to play on stairs when outside, so making sure they are acting responsibly will help them avoid injury.

Additionally, be careful when moving your boxes inside. You may not be used to these stairs yet, so acting recklessly could not only get you hurt, but it could damage your stuff. Be certain you can see where you are going when walking up and down the stairs, as this will help you get in and out of the home without issue.