Step stools that are designed for kids to use come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. But they are really are designed with a child in mind. The step stool is usually small, so a child can move it. The kids step stools can come with Disney carton characters plastered on them. There are some step stools that actually change from a step to a chair or fold up for storage. These children’s steps are made to appeal to kids and they aren’t very expensive. Which brings me to my next point, just because these step stools are inexpensive don’t buy and use them for any other purpose than what they are designed for. Kids!
Seniors are not children, Even if they sometimes act like it! Senior citizens have special needs when it comes to choosing a step stool. So don’t let price be the leading factor when choosing a step stool for a senior loved one. First you must understand what your loved senior is trying to do with the step stool. Are they trying to get into a vehicle, are they wanting to get into bed, step up into a tub?
Seniors needs are very different from kids. So don’t hurt a loved one by getting them the wrong tool for the job. Seniors need to be able to see their step stool. If they have impaired vision a small children’s step stool might be too hard to see. Seniors need a large surface area to stand on. This way if they are a little unstable the large surface may keep them from stumbling off the edge of the step stool. And the last thing you really need to be careful about when researching step stools for seniors is the load rating. Make absolutely sure it is rated high enough for your loved one.
In your quest to find the correct step stool for your specific purpose be sure to measure the distance between where your loved one is going to step up. What I mean by that is, if your loved one is trying to step up into your SUV or truck, measure the distance from the ground to the floorboard and try to find a safe step stool that is as close to ½ that distance as you can. This will make it and even step up to the step and then into your SUV.
David C. DuPont has been finding solutions to step stool problems for 13 years. He has helped people solve their problems by helping them find kitchen step stools, wooden step stools, kids step stools, plastic step stools and step stools for senior citizens. To see his step stools or to contact him to find a stepstool for you, go to www.Shure-Step.com
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What makes a step stool safe and sturdy? One of the qualities is the step stool’s ability to stay put and not slip or slide with a load on it. How can this be accomplished? There are several methods that step stool manufacturers use depending on the intended use of the step stool. If the step stool is going to be used in a clean environment such as a warehouse with smooth concrete floors or at a car wash where the surface might be wet, most step stool manufacturers use non-slip rubber pads on the bottom of their steps to prevent slipping. But, all rubber non-slip pads are not created equal. And if you’re not paying attention, some of these pads are not very big or attached very securely. So what should you inspect the step stool for?
Check the non-slip pads for being attached securely by pulling on the pad and see if it comes off easily. If it does, please understand that it will come off easily while you are using the step stool. If the pad comes off, you no longer have anything to keep the step stool from sliding on a smooth floor. So, first check the non-slip pads for being attached securely. Next you’ll want to check the size and note how many of the non-slip pads are present on the bottom of the step stool. If you have a large step stool, you should have an adequate number of pads large enough to keep the step from sliding. The last thing to check is contact with the floor. Make sure that the non-slip pads are touching the floor when the step stool is set on it. You can do this by simply putting the step stool on a counter top and inspect where the non-slip pads contact the counter. The step stools with spring loaded wheels add danger to a step stool by making you apply enough weight for the non-slip pads to touch the floor. If you have a child or small person that tries to stand on this type of rolling step stool, their weight might not be enough to push on the step stool to make the non-slip pads touch the floor.
David C. DuPont invented the safest step stool after his own unfortunate fate in using the unstable and unsafe step stool when he’s working on their family’s repair shop. That incident got him bleeding and bruised. His invention has been awarded by various organizations for it’s excellence. You can check all types of step stool for your own usage on his site at www.ShureStep.com. Or you may want to watch his video here.
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Have you ever wondered what makes a step stool a “heavy duty step stool”? Can you look at a step and tell if it’s heavy duty? If you’ve ever bought a cheap one and used it moving heavy loads you probably found out very quickly that all step stools are not created equal.
What to look for…
The very first thing to consider is the construction of your step stool. Is it one solid piece or does it fold? Solid constructed stools are going to hold more weight and remain stable during use more so than others that fold. Folding step stools are designed for easy storage.
The next thing you want to know is what material is it made of; Wood, metal, plastic?
Does it have wheels? Wheels are nice if the step stool is heavy and you have to move it often. But, in general wheels are dangerous because they allow the step stool to slide easily – the opposite of what a safe step is supposed to do.
Is it home-made? If it is, be careful, very careful when using it. The person that made this step does not necessarily know what a safe step stool design is.
Does the step stool have a load rating? Please, please, please check for a load rating. Any mammoth corporation that purchases a step stool of any make and model requires a 500 pound load rating by their Risk Management Dept. So should you!!!
What is the intended use of the step stool? You wouldn’t want to use a kid’s step stool to help a large adult step up to reach a high shelf, would you? So try to imagine yourself on the step stool, using it. Is it tall enough for your purpose, does it have handrails (required on any step stool over the height of 24 inches according to OSHA).
This should give you a pretty good checklist for your next step stool purchase.
David C. DuPont has been finding solutions to step stool problems for 13 years. He has helped people solve their problems by helping them find kitchen step stools, wooden step stools, kids step stools, plastic step stools and step stools for senior citizens. To see his step stools or to contact him to find a stepstool for you, go to www.ShureStep.com.
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Using safe step stools in a warehouse to reach the higher shelves might just save your company from be sued by an employee. Employees sometimes take the easiest and fastest course of action to reach products on higher shelves when filling an order or getting stock for the office. They will sometimes stand on the lower shelves to lift themselves up to the higher shelves. You can see evidence of this behavior if you look at the lower shelves. If you see a shelf that is bent or bowed in the center, and it’s the first or second shelf from the ground, chances are someone has stood on that shelf to cause it to bend. That also means that an accident was only moments away, followed by the inevitable lawsuit that accompanies accidents. Your employee was only trying to do their job and a suitable safe step stool was no where to be found. You get to pay higher insurance premiums and your employee while they recover. Not to mention, now you have to train a new employee to do the injured employees job! OUCH!!
Which type of step should you use in a warehouse? A ladder? A rolling step? A folding step stool?
A 2 or 3 step ladder will work OK if your employees don’t weigh too much or try to reach across too far. The ladder will fold for storage which is a plus. The biggest problem with a ladder is the width of the rungs that your employee stands on is only about 4 inches wide. Not really wide enough to have sure footing. Be sure to check the load rating of the ladder and add your employee’s weight plus the heaviest item they may have to pick up. If that total weight is close to the load rating you probably want to find a more suitable step.
A rolling step stool will speed up your employees work if they’re stocking shelves like in a grocery store where a lot of stocking is being done on a long high shelf. The draw back to a rolling step stool is weight. If your employee doesn’t weigh enough to compress the spring loaded wheels, the rolling step stool may slide out from under them.
A folding step stool will also store easily when not in use. But these step stools rarely have a load rating that will support a person reaching and carrying a case of paper or something similar. The other problem with folding step stools is the legs, in particular the rubber non-slip pads on the bottom of the legs. These pads wear out and then the metal legs will slide on the smooth concrete floor.
So to insure safety in your warehouse you should consider the load rating of your step stool, look for a step stool with no legs if possible and avoid rolling and/or folding step stools.
David C. DuPont is an inventor of the ShureStep’s step stool based from his own experience of unwanted fall due to faulty crate he was standing on. That’s why he had worked on his “award winning” and “quality guaranteed” safe step stool not just for people like him, but for all of us and for all ages as well. From your active little kids to your beloved seniors. You can choose from his different types of step stool on his site www.ShureStep.com.
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When buying a step stool one of the first items to check, after the load rating, is the non-slip pads on the bottom of the step. You only need to use a simple test to make sure the step stool is safe and won’t slide when you use it at home or work. The non-slip pads are usually the last thing anyone thinks about when purchasing a step stool. Most people using a step stool find out about the non-slip pads the wrong way, when they use the step stool on a slick, wet floor, and then it’s too late.
Here’s my simple test:
On a slick floor: Like linoleum or smooth concrete floors, in stores like Target or Home Depot, set your step stool on the floor. Apply weight to the top of the step while trying to push the step slightly sideways.
Does it slide easily? Or does it “stick” to the floor? Or move slowly as you push?
This slide test will tell you if your step stool has good non-slip pads and will stay put with you standing on it or if it will slide with you on it.
The next test for the non-slip pads that you want to do is to try to push your thumbnail into the rubber pad on the bottom of the step. Does your thumbnail make an indentation in the rubber? Is the non-slip pads hard plastic? Do the non-slip pads feel like the rubber on the bottom of your tennis shoe? Are the non-slip pads large enough for the intended use of the step stool?
If the non-slip pads are hard plastic, they can’t keep the step stool from sliding, that’s why you want the pads to have a rubbery feel like the bottom of a tennis shoe.
The last thing you’ll want to check is, How easy would it be to order and replace the pads? Some step stools do not have replaceable pads, so make sure to check this if you plan to use the step stool for a long time.
David C. DuPont had been dedicating his life making the safest step stools for every one, be it a child, seniors, bariatric, and many more. His products had been acknowledge by different bodies and awarded many times for quality and excellence. You can check these products and choose what suits yourself. You can also see here the above mentioned replaceable rubber pads. Check it out now!
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Buses, trains and planes were not designed with the physically challenged in mind when boarding them. The first step up, to get inside them, is about a foot off the ground. This is much too high for seniors to navigate, given the limited strength in their aging bodies. In order to make the transition from the ground to the first step on the vehicle safe, transportation companies are learning to provide a safe step stool for their physically challenged and aging passengers.
What should transportation companies look for when offering a safe step stool for their passengers? Traveling seniors may have more than one physical disability. Their eyesight might not be as good as it used to be. And their balance may be a little bit off as well. They tend to be a bit hard of hearing but you might think it’s just “selective hearing”. Oh, and don’t forget that they will speak their mind and give you an attitude you only thought a teenager would possess, given the chance. If you take all of this into consideration when helping seniors with their travel plans your life and theirs get much easier.
The biggest problem traveling seniors encounter is having enough strength and balance to step up from the ground to the first step on a bus, plane or train. The second biggest problem is their vision. So the step stool that a senior/active adult uses to get to that first step should do a couple of things:
First, it should be easy to see and navigate the top of the step stool and it should have a large surface to stand on.
Second, it should split the distance from the ground to the first step on the bus, plane or train.
Another feature a safe step stool for seniors should have is, No legs!! Legs allow the visually impaired senior to accidentally place their foot under the step stool when they think that they have their foot on top of the step, then when they try to take the next step up, they fall.
Oh, and make certain that the step stool has a minimum load rating of 500 pounds. This will ensure that they are using a sturdy, heavy duty step stool that will last for many travels to come.
David C. DuPont had invented the safest Shurestep step stool not for his own gratification but specifically to help people prevent unwanted accident like he had before while using unsafe crate to stand on. That incident pushed David to create a more stable, sturdy and safest step stool anyone could use. You can check for yourself the above mentioned senior step stool on his site www.Shurestep.com.
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When our beloved seniors who have Alzheimer’s or are stricken with being senile are outdoors trying to get on a bus or at home getting into their beds, they need a step stool that will not harm them in any way while using it. These seniors have very special needs we should consider. They need special attention and with extra care dealing with their needs. So what do you look for in a step stool with Alzheimer’s sufferers in mind? Most important thing is to make sure that the step stool has a large standing area on the top of the step stool so they have enough space for both feet moving around. Next, the top surface should be rough enough to prevent their feet sliding on it. Then the color of the step stool should be distinct so they can see it easily, since some of our elderly have poor vision. The step stool should also be rated for 500 pounds. Load rating is very important if your loved one is a bit on the heavy side.
A step stool with rungs like a ladder is not a good option for your Alzheimer’s sufferer. These types of steps are dangerous because the person using this step needs to balance themselves on a 2 or 3 inch wide rung. You probably don’t want your elders doing this.
There are bus step stool that are made of metal that may at first appear to be stable enough for your senior. This kind of step stool will usually have legs which could make it wobble and unstable on uneven surfaces. The legs may also cause another problem for your elderly; if their foot gets under the step they may not realize it. There are testimonies from bus drivers at Alzheimer Assisted Living facilities of horror stories about the unwanted accidents of visually impaired seniors who have gotten their foot under the metal bus step stool instead of on top. Then when they try to lift their foot up, they fall.
If you want nothing but safety for your beloved senior with Alzheimer, you must take the extra time to carefully consider who will use the step stool, where it will be used, be it outside in the weather, in icy conditions or at home in getting on to bed. Make sure to dissect all the features a safe step stool may bring to your loved one. Choose the step stool that possesses all the safe features as mentioned above. I hope these tips will help you decide which step stool to pick when looking for a safe step stool for your Alzheimer sufferer.
David C. DuPont had been dedicating his life making the safest step stools for everyone, be it a child, senior citizens, bariatric patients, and many more. His products have been awarded many times for quality and excellence. You can check all of his products and choose what suits you here at www.ShureStep.com
CLICK HERE to order Shure-Steps
If you like to work on your own home is there a safe stable step stool that you might want to use instead of a ladder? The step stool would need to be versatile, if you have a painting job to tackle, could you set these step stools next to each other and easily paint many feet of the corner where the ceiling and walls come together. This would be much more efficient than hanging over the edge of a ladder, or having to constantly move your ladder.
The step stools should also be stackable, so if your helper isn’t quite tall enough to reach those ceiling corners, no problem, just stack these step stools one on top of the other and PRESTO…Your helper is now as tall as you and can help you finish your “Honey Do” chores..
The step stools would work great for getting into small places inside your home where you might need to stand, hard-to-get-to spots where a ladder would be too cumbersome to maneuver. The step stools should easily slip into place so you can stand safely to complete your task. A ladder, when opened would be too large to fit in many places in your home and would require moving heavy furniture or appliances to get it to fit in a spot that you would work.
There is a safe step stool that I would try for this purpose; it is called the Shure-Step safety step stool. If you do a lot of work around your house you’ll be glad to have these step stools.
David C. DuPont has been finding solutions to step stool problems for over 11 years. He has helped people solve their problems by helping them find bus step stools, kitchen step stools, wooden step stools, kids step stools, plastic step stools and step stools for senior citizens. To see his step stools or to contact him to find a step stool for you, go to www.ShureStep.com
CLICK HERE to order Shure-Steps
Let’s check how to purchase a safe step stool for your child. It doesn’t matter whether the safe step stool is made of wood or plastic. Because you will be looking for a step stool that is safe and can be move around easily by your child.
The most important feature you are going to look for is the stability and its ease of use. Some of these step stools can be folded to make it easier to store, and others are made in a very light weight that can only carry a load of less than 100 pounds. There are also some step stools that are built for taking up minimum storage space for your convenience. If you are being skeptical on the step stool you are buying, the load rating should not be an issue. But if you are buying for your child who happens to weigh 150 pounds or more, then be sure that the step stool you are looking for has the load rating printed on it, to make you feel at ease for better safety for your child.
There are these folding step stools that really give convenience because it can be store neatly in the closet. Since in most homes space is a problem that’s why a folding step stool only takes up a very minimal space when folded. But be cautious because these folding step stools are also dangerous when not used properly. Be sure to read its warning label about the maximum reach it allows.
Another problem that you should be aware of is to make sure the step stool doesn’t slide easily on the floor. Because there are some step stools that are made of wood or plastic that easily slides on the smooth floor. Try to check the bottom of the step stool for the non-slip pads. Feel the non slip pads to make sure it’s good enough to keep it steady on smooth floors. If you discover that the pads are hard, don’t buy this step stool! Another way to test the step stool to make sure it will not slide is, you simply put the step on a slick linoleum floor then push it with your foot. This little way of testing a step stool will give you an idea which step stool is really safe for your child to use.
David C. DuPont has been finding solutions to step stool problems for over 11 years now. He has helped people solve their problems by helping them find kitchen step stools, water fountain stools, foot stools, bus step stools, wooden step stools, kids step stools, plastic step stools and step stools for senior citizens and bariatric rehab. To see his step stools or to contact him to find a step stool for yourself, go to www.ShureStep.com
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You have probably seen many types and models of step stools that can be used in the kitchen if you have been looking for one. Some of them are wooden step stools, plastic step stools, metal step stools and even folding step stools which may be a combination of metal or plastic.
So which step stool do you think is best for your kitchen? That depends on the features that the step stool possesses. You may want to raise some little question like “What am I trying to accomplish in my kitchen?” This simple question plus a little bit of investigative work on the performance and quality of any step stool may lead you to choose the best step stool that will definitely work for you. Let’s take a closer look and compare the following kinds of step stools.
Plastic Step Stools
Most step stools of this kind are of a single piece construction type. And then there are some step stools that collapse for using minimal storage space. The most common of these is the Rubbermaid brand step stool which can be easily found in many local stores, either in a hardware or department store because it is cheaper. But be wise and always check for any load rating on these step stools before taking it home with you and then find out it’s inadequate for your needs.
Folding Step Stools
Here is another popular kind of step stool, the folding step stool. Why do you think so? Because they are the cheapest and consume very little space for storage after folded. Actually you can find this folding step stool easily in stores like Lowes or Home Depot and in department stores like Target and Wal-Mart. But anyone that should buy this kind of step stool needs to be aware for it only has a limited load rating from 150-225 pounds. With this step stool, if you are carrying something heavy and climb on it, even when you’re on the second rung and lean over, you may find yourself on the floor. This kind of step stool cannot guarantee to keep you safe because it’s not stable and sturdy.
Metal Step Stools
Third in the list is the metal step stool. You can choose from its various shapes and sizes offered by different manufacturers. But they all have the same problem. The rubber pads on the bottom of the legs that are suppose to prevent from slipping will easily wear out, making this step stool slide under you. Another flaw of the metal step stool is the welds that are holding its legs. Because of the weight it constantly supports, the metal is more likely to break or bend or even crack, making this step stool unstable and unsafe. A huge liability waiting to happen.
Wooden Step Stools
Lastly, the wooden step stool. Most people think this is the safest step stool for their kitchen. Let’s see what it will offer for safety. This step stool is smaller and lighter making it easy for the kids to drag around the kitchen. Usually it is made as a children’s step stool, thus having a max load rating of 150 pounds or so. You should see that it cannot promise safety for you if it is classified as children’s step stool. I doubt that it is stable and sturdy for an adult to use in a kitchen.
Or would you like to see your kid in this photo where step stool is nowhere to be found around the house? A child opt for a dog as a step stool to reach the sink.
David C. DuPont has been finding solutions to step stool problems for13 years. He has helped people solve their problems by helping them find kitchen step stools, bus step stools, RV step stools, wooden step stools, kids step stools, plastic step stools and step stools for senior citizens. To see his step stools or to contact him to find a stepstool for you, go to www.Shurestep.com