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Safety Step Markers

Martha Stewart Living, September 2003

Make sure the basement stairs are always visible by adding fluorescent stripes to the treads. Affix adhesive strips of tape or apply a 1-inch stripe of fluorescent paint (both available at hardware stores) to a clean, dust-free surface; position each strip 1 inch from edge of step to minimize wear.


Comments (8)

  • 16FelinePaws 23 Jan, 2011

    I would strongly advise painting a strip using a type of paint that you can get at the hardware/paint store that has a large grit in it thae makes the steps less slippery. Especially if your steps are painted with slick paint. My brother used this on my 88 year old mother's steps to help prevent falls. We used it outside, but it could also be used inside on basement steps.

  • mykele 22 Jan, 2011

    Dollfriend, flouresdent stips DO glow in the dark. and one should never
    use stairs, especially basement stairs do have a light on or see that there
    is a light sourceoe install one. Safety first.....Mykele

  • dollfriend 22 Jan, 2011

    I think it would be better if they also glowed in the dark.

  • rossellamj 22 Jan, 2011


  • Ehuber19 22 Jan, 2011

    I am going to use this idea for our Garage Steps that are so scary to maneuver in the dark. Thanks for the useful tip!

  • sandbur 25 Feb, 2010

    Maybe position a little closer to edge. In the case of a visually impaired person that inch could really and quite literally throw them off. Great idea 'tho.

  • akiwi 13 Feb, 2010


  • Mfosterjeweler 13 Feb, 2010

    I also use this to mark door nobs in the bedrooms- in case of power failure. Great Advise Martha!