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Home Safety: Slips and Falls

In 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:

  • Keep the floor clear. Reduce clutter and keep telephone and electrical cords out of walkways.
  • Keep floors clean. Wipe up grease, water, and other liquids immediately. Don't wax floors.
  • To reduce the chance of slipping or tripping, secure area rugs with a piece of foam carpet backing, double-sided tape, or a rubber pad.
  • Keep stairs clear of clutter.
  • Install graspable handrails, as specified by your local building code, in all stairways. Make sure the handrails are secured to studs.
  • Make sure living areas—and especially stairways—are well lit.
  • Use a sturdy step stool with handrails when trying to reach high places.

Source: National Safety Council


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