When you are walking up or down a flight of stairs, do you watch your feet take every step? Probably not. If you are like most people, you scan the first few steps and the last few steps, but you allow your feet to do the rest. Even on stairs other than the ones in your own home, your brain assumes the next stair will be where it should be when you take the next step.
Unfortunately, a misstep on the stairs can lead to serious injuries. It is not unusual for fall victims to suffer broken bones, internal injuries, brain trauma or even spinal cord injuries that leave them partially or totally paralyzed. While you may be able to catch yourself if you trip over your own two feet, you may not be so fortunate if you stumble over an unexpected hazard.