Trip Hazards In A Home: Safety Issues for Owners, Sellers and Buyers

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Last Updated: May 4, 2021

Wires, wrinkled carpet, and cords across the floors can all create trip hazards.

Electrical cords and cables

One-third of home fires result from electrical extension cords. Now, add the risk of tripping or falling and it’s clear that it would be wise to eliminate electrical cords across floors and doorways.


When thresholds are loose and not secured down properly, the risk of tripping or injury increases. They may rock back and forth or shift when not secured. Often guests are not really watching where they’re walking, which especially makes loose thresholds a risk for them.

Usually, re-securing thresholds down with the proper nails or screws will quickly solve the problem.


When walking around a home, seldom are we looking down at the floor to see if there is something that we may trip over. Therefore, checking for trip hazardous around the home and removing them is a good idea. A few of the more common ones include:

  • Carpeting that is loose, torn or damaged
  • Transition areas where carpet meets tile or other flooring area. Sometimes one side is higher than the other, missing the proper type of transition strip or material, or the transition strip is loose
  • Unmarked step-down areas. Where the tile or vinyl all looks the same and the step down does not stand out to the eye


Generally, improving these transitions is easily done by a flooring contractor or the homeowner.

Who to consult? Qualified handymen and flooring contractors.

Home owners will often correct a trip hazard in their home. Depending on what it is, qualified handymen, flooring contractors and an electrician if the trip hazard relates to an electrical installation.

Additional Resources

  • 6 common trip outdoor hazards to watch for. Your home most likely has some of these trip hazards, but you've never given them much thought.

  • When walking across the floor or going up and down the steps, is there a creaking sound. Usually only in a couple of places? If so, then...

  • Floor creaking may be related to the installation of the floor or to the homes foundation settling. Other reasons include...

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