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Can I make my concrete stairs safer in case of a fall?

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Can I make my concrete stairs safer in case of a fall?

January 11, 2013

Q: I'm trying to make my home safer for my elderly mother. The front and back steps are concrete. Is there some type of coating that I can apply to make them softer in case she falls?

A: Well, you could install indoor/outdoor carpet on them. It will help some, but regardless the fall will still be solid.

Another option could be commercial rubberized stair tread. It can be glued on, but again it's rather hard and won't really cushion any possible impact. Here is one example, and here is another you can purchase online.

-- Answer from Marc P., a home improvement specialist on JustAnswer.

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