This may seem like a no-brainer, but if there are staircases in your home without railings (or with partial railings), those in your home may be at risk. According to one Cornell Study, lack of handrails accounted for 22.4 percent of falls that resulted in injuries. Especially if you have an older parent or in-law living in your home, keeping staircases safe is key. In older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.
Clutter, says Polan, is another major hazard. Keep toys, laundry and other items away from the stairs!