Use Step Stools Safely
Step stools may seem innocent enough, but they cause 160,000 injuries each year. Some of these occur because the stool itself isn't safe; more than a million folding step stools have been recalled recently because of design flaws. Injuries happen when the stool collapses or tips over or when someone loses their balance because there's nothing to grab onto.
Avoid these sorts of falls by making sure your step stool is well designed with safety features that include deep, nonskid steps and a handrail that extends above the top step. You should be able to stand on the top step and still have a firm grasp on the handrail. When you use a step stool, make sure it's sitting on a flat surface and that it's tall enough and strong enough for the job. And even if your stool has a handrail, leaning too far in any direction is a good way to become a statistic. By the way, never use an upside-down 5-gallon pail for a step stool. You're bound to go down!