1998, falls in the home and community caused or led to 15,900
deaths. Older adults are most at risk, but all age groups are
vulnerable. Here are some tips to help prevent slips and falls
in your home:
the floor clear. Reduce clutter and keep telephone and electrical
cords out of walkways.
floors clean. Wipe up grease, water, and other liquids immediately.
Don't wax floors.
reduce the chance of slipping or tripping, secure area rugs with
a piece of foam carpet backing, double-sided tape, or a rubber
stairs clear of clutter.
graspable handrails, as specified by your local building code,
in all stairways. Make sure the handrails are secured to studs.
sure living areas—and especially stairways—are well lit.
a sturdy step stool with handrails when trying to reach high places.