Three years ago I walked out of my back porch after a freezing rain. My feet hit the second step and I went horizontal landing hard on my back, partially on the steps. I lay there for a minute stunned not sure if I was injured. I was bruised and sore, but otherwise all right.
That following summer I decided I needed to do something to prevent ice buildup on the steps causing me perhaps a more serious injury.
I had a rubber door mat with green plastic grass inside my back hall to clean the snow off my feet before entering the house. I cut the door mat into sections to fit my back steps. To keep the door mat from sliding I placed rubber shelf liner underneath each tread and then stapled them to the steps with a hand stapler.
Last year this worked fine during the Maine winter. I would sweep the treads with a broom if snow accumulated, but otherwise they were care free and worked great, giving me traction when using my back door.
The treads are still good for another year so I decided to share the idea.
Enjoy the winter