Stair treads are useful in preventing dangerous falls from slippery stairs. It is not unusual for apartment and office buildings to feature unfinished stairwells, as most building visitors and tenants utilize the elevator(s). However, stairways typically get daily traffic. And these stairway users are particularly likely to be either tenants that are in a hurry or maintenance staff carrying equipment. They are particularly vulnerable to slipping on wet stairs. Moisture can accumulate on stairs from a variety of sources. Two common seasonal sources of moisture are air conditioner condensation during the summer and melting snow falling off the shoes users during winter. Regardless of how moisture accumulates, it can lead to a dangerous environment.
An easy way to reduce the danger of stairway trip and fall accidents is to install stair treads. To prevent slips and falls, a high coefficient of friction between shoe and stair is required. The treaded pattern on a stair tread increases this friction and reduces the likelihood of an accident. In addition to increasing the friction coefficient between shoe and stair, stair treads that include a nosing extend the surface area of the stair, further reducing potential missteps by someone that is rushing up or down the stairs. Another safety feature available on some types of stair treads is a reflective surface. Stair treads with a reflective surface add an extra level of protection from missteps, particularly during a power outage.
There are a wide variety of stair treads available for office and apartment buildings. Typically, either rubber of vinyl stair treads are installed in office and residential building stairways. Rubber stair treads are more durable and are available in a variety of decorative styles. Vinyl stair treads are the most economical type of stair treads.
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