Each year hundreds of people are killed and millions more are seriously hurt from fall-related injuries, and a significant number of these falls occur on the stairs of the person’s home. The elderly and small children are particularly at-risk. In fact, unintentional injury is the number one killer of children and the most common unintentional injury is a fall-related injury. For the elderly, one wrong step can be the last one they ever take, resulting in a bad break that confines them to a wheelchair for the rest of their life. In 2002, the American National Council on Compensation Insurance determined that fall-related injuries were second only to motor vehicle accidents in terms of insurance costs.
Stair tread is one of the most important and most frequently overlooked aspects of stair safety. A good stair tread creates a non-slippery surface that increases traction on the stairs and reduces the likelihood that a fall will occur. There are several viable options for stair tread material including rubber, metal, polypropylene, and a variety of braided fabrics. Most stair treads are cheaper than installing carpet and are