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July 2016

| Owen Barclay |
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Do You Really Need Handrails To Go Down The Stairs???
Well no but..

Falls (and most of them are in the home) are the #1 cause of accidental death among seniors. Thus, the reason why handrails are at the top of every falls-prevention checklist.

Properly designed and installed handrails are extremely effective in preventing falls down stairs, decreasing the incidence of falls requiring medical treatment by 26% per year. If you walk up or down a staircase with a smooth, continuous, graspable handrail, you will instinctively use it. Every time.

The PromenAid Handrail has a universal design and fits every décor. It is available in two finishes – the champagne anodized or traditional architectural bronze finishes. The continuous rail allows for a smooth continuous grasp, can curve wherever it is needed to, and is available in any length. It is completely customizable to suite your needs. It can be used indoors, not only for stairs but for extra support along a hallway, in the bathroom and even outside.

Contact us today for a free estimate at [email protected] or 604-259-9774.


  1. Is there a light switch at the top and bottom of your stairs? Install lights and switches to ensure all your stairways are well lit.
  2. Are all your steps in good repair, if there is carpeting on the stairs, is it secure? Make sure there are no uneven surfaces, cracks, bunched-up stair-covering or protruding nails that you could trip over. If carpet is loose you can tack it back down or put non-slip rubber backing under it to hold it in place. This works well for area rugs on landings as well.
  3. Are the steps all of the same size and height? Have a carpenter correct uneven steps. Uneven steps are a major hazard.
  4. Are you able to see the edges of the steps clearly? Paint a contrasting color on the edge of wooden or concrete steps (or on the top and bottom steps), or applycolored strips to the stair tread to enhance the visibility of each step.
  5. Is the handrail well attached to the wall and easily grasped at the right height? Make sure the handrail is well-secured and that you can get your full hand around it. The rail should be between 34-38″ heigh, a comfortable height when you have a slight bend in the elbow. You should have at least 1 handrail on one side of all stairways
  6. Are your stairs free of clutter? Avoid storing things temporarily on your stairs as it creates trip hazards. A keep stairs clear and check them stairs as you go up or down.
  7. Do you take your time when going up or down the stairs?Go slowly with your hand on the handrail, and make sure you have proper footing on each step. Rushing is a major cause of falls.
  8. Do you make sure your vision isn’t blocked as you go up or down your stairs? If you’re carrying something as you are going up or down stairs, make sure it doesn’t hide your vision of the stairs, and that one hand is free to use the handrail.
  9. Do you remove your reading glasses when using stairs? Be sure to remove your reading glasses when walking or climbing up or down stairs. If you use bifocals, adjust your glasses so you can see the stairs clearly.

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