Changing Canada’s codes to require wider stair treads would save lives, study says

Printer-friendly version

The nation averages one death per day from falls down stairs. The National Building Code of Canada prescribes stair tread width at a minimum of 21 centimeters, or 8 1/4 inches.

December 16, 2015

The National Building Code of Canada prescribes stair tread width at a minimum of 21 centimeters (or 8 1/4 inches). In Canada, nearly one person dies falling on a set of stairs every day, and more than 270 people end up in the hospital, according to the Canadian Public Health Association. Elderly people make up two-thirds of those cases.

A study by the non-profit organization SmartRisk estimated that treating the resulting trauma, as well hospitalization and emergency room visits, cost the health care system $580 million in 2012. Researchers suggest that as little as two more inches of tread width would create much safer footing on stairways.

Comments on: "Changing Canada’s codes to require wider stair treads would save lives, study says"

July 2017

This Month in Professional Builder

Products
Features

Ashton Woods launched Starlight Homes to target entry-level home...

Overlay Init