Slips and falls during the winter are a real hazard. Though taking a tumble under an ice-covered surface always catches us by surprise, being prepared for such a hazard can be as simple as a great railing. When your loved one isn’t available, let your railing catch you when you fall.
One in three seniors will experience a fall this winter. 40% of those seniors who fall this winter will suffer a hip fracture. People are more likely to experience falls at a home more than any other location. Don’t let it be at your home.
Why do falls happen?
Most falls occur while walking down stairs. Having a good solid railing in place greatly reduces the chances of falling. There are many reasons why falls occur:
- Reduced vision and hearing
- Poor balance
- Unsafe conditions
- Deceased muscle and bone strength
- Lack of coordination
If your front step doesn’t have a railing, now is the time to install one. There is no need to wait for that new deck or porch. Retro-fitting a railing will protect your family and friends, and the mailman will thank you.
Railings should be set at a specific height and be securely fastened to prevent instability and possible injury. Outdoor railings differ from those installed indoors. An outdoor railing must be able to endure the extreme temperatures and ice and snow that the Southern Ontario winter brings. A good railing, properly installed will provide you with years of maintenance-free reliability.
Installing a railing to your existing steps or walkway is best left to the professionals. Railings come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colours, and materials. Your new railing might be made of cast iron, aluminum or might include glass. The professionals will offer a wide variety of railings to fix any situation or design preference. A great railing should be installed to protect from accidents, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look great as well. Railings should add character and design quality to your home or business. A railing can accent your patio or walkway and add visual appeal to your outdoor space.
In addition to having a railing system in place when the nasty weather rolls in, an even surface and good lighting will go a long way in preventing falls. While two handrails are optimal, having at least one well-installed quality railing will increase safety during the winter months.
Our professional staff is dedicated to creating new and exceptional solutions for your outdoor living space, and will assist you in choosing the proper railing products to enhance your home.