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Stairway Safety: Indoor Stair Lights & Other Tricks
Who among us hasn’t fallen up the steps on our way back to bed from a midnight cookie run? It’s a risk we assume in the pursuit of happiness. And cookies.</br></br>Fortunately, it’s a risk that can be easily avoided with some savvy <a title="Indoor Step Lights" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/accent-lights/indoor-step-lights/" target="_blank">indoor stair lighting</a> or any number of other stairway safety measures. Here are a few examples:</br></br><strong>1. Handrails</strong></br></br>Studies show that your chances of falling while ascending or descending a staircase decrease <em>dramatically</em> when you have something to hold that’s anchored to the wall. Once again, science prevails.</br></br><em>Installation Trick:</em> Line up and mount your brackets well by locating the studs and accurately marking the railing height from the steps with marking tape. It’s all about the <a title="Handrail Brackets" href="http://www.atgstores.com/hardware/hardware-accessories/handrail-brackets/" target="_blank">handrail brackets</a>. Once you have those installed, you’re home free.</br></br><strong>2. Indoor Stair Lighting</strong></br></br>Whether mounted on the front of steps or off to the side to give your stairway that cool jetliner-walkway feel, indoor stair lights are definitely the next level in staircase safety. They come in all kinds of designs and offer a unique look not found in many homes.</br></br><em>Installation Trick:</em> Consider buying a kit that includes all the parts and lights you need for the length of your staircase. Also, don’t be afraid to consult <a title="Porch Professionals" href="http://porch.com/local/electricians?tid=social_atgstores_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~" target="_blank">a local pro from Porch.com</a>, as this one can be a little tricky.</br></br><strong>3. Stair Rods</strong></br></br>Stair runners are pretty sweet, but they can get hazardous with age if they get loose and start to pull away from the steps. Well, never fear – <a title="Stair Rods" href="http://www.atgstores.com/hardware/hardware-accessories/stair-rods/" target="_blank">stair rods</a> are here.</br></br><em>Installation Trick: </em>Make sure you pull the runner taught (tight?) when you screw down the second bracket with each stair rod.</br></br><strong>4. Non-Skid Traction / Tread Strips</strong></br></br>If you’re looking for a reliable – and reliably easy – answer to stair safety, look no further than a pack of handy-dandy tread strips. They’re cheap, easy to “install” and work like a charm.</br></br><em>Installation Trick: </em>Trust your instincts.</br></br>Whether you take the easy route with tread strips are decide to go all out with indoor stair lights and expert installation from <a title="Find a Porch Professional" href="http://porch.com/local/electricians?tid=social_atgstores_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~" target="_blank">one of the many local professionals you can find on Porch.com</a>, there’s a solution for anyone searching for a safer midnight kitchen raid.