Fall hazards: There are many places in and around your home that may present a fall hazard. Many common risks are uneven pavement such as heaved sidewalk slabs and driveways, improper stair tread widths or riser heights, and absent stair hand railings on such areas as basement stairs and porch stairs. Other areas that can be a fall hazard for small children or animals are balusters that are spaced too far apart on stair landings and decks.