Reducing Stair-Related injuries & Practicing Stair Safety

Reducing Stair-Related injuries & Practicing Stair Safety

Stair-related injuries are a common cause of accidents among children. In fact, stairs are the leading cause of home injuries for children under the age of 5. Some of the most common types of stair-related injuries in children include falls, head injuries, broken bones, and cuts. To prevent stair-related injuries in children, it is important to:

  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent falls.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your child safe on the stairs is to install gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. These gates should be securely attached and not easily opened by young children. Make sure the gate fits snugly and there are no gaps that your child can slip through.

  • Keep the stairs clear of toys and other objects that may cause tripping.

It’s important to keep the staircase clutter-free to prevent tripping hazards. Make sure there are no toys, books, or other objects left on the stairs. Encourage your child to carry items up or down the stairs one at a time to avoid dropping items on the stairs.

  • Teach children to hold the handrail and walk up and down stairs one step at a time.

Teaching your child how to use the stairs safely can go a long way in preventing accidents. Show them how to hold onto the railing and take one step at a time. Encourage them to use the railing at all times when going up and down the stairs. You can even practice with them to help reinforce these habits.

  • Keep stairways well-lit to prevent tripping, and/or use stair treads.

Good lighting can help prevent accidents on the stairs. Make sure your staircase is well-lit with bright, even lighting. Replace any burnt out light bulbs or install additional lighting if necessary. Motion-sensor lights can also be a great option for the staircase.

Slippery stairs can be dangerous for anyone, but especially for young children. Using non-slip treads on stair steps can provide added grip and reduce the risk of slipping. Non-slip treads can be purchased at hardware stores and can easily be installed on your stairs.

  • Ensure that the stairs are in good repair, with no loose carpeting or rugs that can cause tripping.

Carpeting and rugs can create tripping hazards on the stairs. Make sure any carpeting or rugs are securely attached to the stairs and don’t create any bumps or ridges that could cause a tripping hazard.

  • Supervise young children when they are on or near stairs.

It is also important to teach children safe stair habits from an early age so that they can continue to be safe on stairs throughout their lives.

Falls on the stairs are the number one reason for pediatric emergency room visits.  While handrails keep adults safe on the stairs, they are often out of reach and out of grasp of small hands.  And so, we designed and created the Bean Stalk.

The Bean Stalk is an impermanent, damage-free, solution to child safety that is installed with ease to existing handrails.


Handrails play an important role in ensuring stair safety. Properly installed handrails provide stability and support for individuals as they walk up and down stairs, helping to reduce the risk of falls and other accidents.

To ensure handrail safety, it is important to:

  1. Install handrails on both sides of the stairs, at a height that is easy to grip and provides adequate support.

  2. Make sure that handrails are securely attached to the wall or other support structure.

  3. Use handrails that are made of sturdy, slip-resistant material.

  4. Ensure that handrails are free of sharp edges or splinters that could cause injury.

  5. Teach children and others to hold the handrail when walking up and down stairs.

By taking these steps, you can help to ensure the safety of individuals who use stairs and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. It is also important to regularly inspect handrails to ensure they are in good condition and to make any necessary repairs or replacements.

The Bean Stalk is an impermanent solution to stair safety in and away from the home!

  • It can be easily assembled and installed
  • No risk of damage to existing structures.
  • It can also be easily packed up and taken with you

>When the baby gate is no longer safe, the Bean Stalk facilitates safe navigation of the stairwell, fostering safety, confidence, and independence in your little one!

>The Bean Stalk is not only at the right height for supporting safe stairway navigation for young children, it features an ergonomic handrail designed for small hands to grasp.

As a military family, it is important to find an impermanent and damage-free solutions. With frequent moves, we were hesitant to install a second handrail into the wall below our existing handrail. Not to mention, the diameter of a traditional hand rail cannot be grasped by tiny hands. And so we proudly introduce:

The Bean Stalk | Fostering safety, confidence, and independence.

  • A child-safety handrail dedicated to reducing stair-related injuries among small children
  • Designed with an ergonomic grip for small hands
  • Damage free design perfect for renters and homeowners
  • Easy installation, take it down- take it with you- put it back up! Easy peesy!
  • Allow your pets, big kids, and adults to move through your home safely & freely
  • Give your little one confidence, and the growing sense of independence as they learn to climb safely.

> The Bean Stalk comes in sizes for 6 stairs, 9-10 stairs, 12-13 stairs, and 15-16 stairs. It attaches to your existing handrail with our custom-designed, industrial-strength, strap and bracket.  If you have a custom length, we'd be happy to help- send us your measurements at

> The correct size for your home is the number of stairs your existing handrail covers, or the length of your existing handrail. Please measure your existing hand rail to ensure accurate sizing. If you are unsure what size you may need, send us a message or email us at  We're happy to help!

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