Every six minutes, an American child under the age of five falls down the stairs and is rushed to the hospital. This statistic comes from the first nationally representative review of stair-related injuries in children. According to the report authored by Dr. Gary A. Smith, director of the center for injury research and policy for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, children were hurt in stair accidents largely because of preventable factors linked to stairway design, consumer awareness and parental education.
What can be done to make stairs safer especially for children? The researchers suggest installing gates at the top and bottom of the stairs, keeping stairs clutter-free, and installing and using railings. When carrying a child, avoid carrying other items, the researchers said. They also cite the need for some staircases to be redesigned with children in mind, utilizing smaller railings that small children could grab onto.
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