There’s a lot we take for granted in how we get around day-to-day. Stairs are a great example of a continuous opportunity for injury. We learn to manage stairs at an early age, but just having one off-balance moment can result in a regrettable outcome.
Guess what – there is a real simple safety tip that can help you have a perfect record in climbing or descending stairs. It’s called the three point system.
In basketball, a three-pointer is a high-risk shot. In safety, three points reduces risk.
The three point system is a reminder that whenever climbing a ladder or stairs, getting in and out of a tall vehicle, or any similar climbing or descending activity, we should always be utilizing three points of contact – two feet and a hand or two hands and a foot. The method comes naturally on steeper stairs, like a ladder, but it’s smart to use it all the time.
Although stairway falls are rare in terms of the number of times we use stairs, they are nearly 100% preventable using 3 points. So next time, look for that handrail. It is a simple way to significantly reduce a chance of injury.
Thanks, and let’s be careful out there!