Give a home built in safety
No steeper than 1:12 if they are sloping. Ramps should have a handrail.
Non-slip when wet. Some materials are more suitable for this than others.
See consumer.org.nz for more information.
Entry steps or steps within a path should have: A handrail. Clearly defined, non-slip edges. You can use screw-on nosing or self adhesive strips.
Even height and width. Easy-to-use steps have a height of 160 to 180mm and a tread width of 175 to 195mm.
Uneven steps are a major cause of injuries.
You could also consider painting the front edge of the steps with white paint to make them more visible.
Automatic permanent low-level nightlighting. Think about: Lights at all entrance points so you don’t have to cross the room in the dark when coming in or out.
Plenty of fixed power outlets to plug in electric equipment so cables don’t have to run across the floor or under mats or rugs.
Separate defined areas for quiet and active indoor activity.
Uninterrupted and unobstructed travel paths through living spaces. Think about where your low furniture or activity areas will go.
A fixed heating system so you don’t need portable heating appliances with trailing cables.
Marking fully glazed internal and external doors so you can see the glass.
Laminated or toughened glass – safety glass – in low level glazing. Avoiding lips at doorways to the outside. Fitted carpet to avoid rugs and mats. Consider installing: Hard-wired data, telephone and power outlets so you don’t have trailing cables.
Storage areas for office materials, so you can keep the area tidy.