Stair Safety

A study by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy showed that over 93,000 children younger than five years of age were treated in U.S. emergency departments each year from 1999 through 2008 for stair-related injuries. This equates to a child younger than 5 years of age being treated in an emergency department every six minutes for a stair-related injury.

While the number of stair-related injuries did show a declining trend, these types of injuries continue to be a common source of injury among young children. Through a combination of educating parents, using stair gates, and modifying building codes to make stairs safer, many pediatric stair-related injuries can be prevented.

Additional Stair Safety Resources

  • Stair-related injuries to young children treated in US emergency departments, 1999-2008