Fall Prevention

Taking a tumble is the most frequently reported accident in the home. Reduce your chances of falling by making a few home improvements and changing some habits.

Make Your Home Safer• Remove items you can trip over (such as papers, books, clothing and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
• For tile or wooden floors, avoid wax or use non-skid wax.
• Sturdy handrails should be installed in all stairways and kept in good repair.
• Remove small throw rugs or use double sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
• Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool. Do not stand on a chair to reach anything.
• Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
• Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
• Wear shoes that give good support and have non-slip soles. Avoid wearing slippers and athletic shoes with deep treads.
• During the winter, keep all entrances and sidewalks clear of snow and ice.
• All entrances should be well lit.