Everyone trips and stumbles from time to time. But a simple moment of “not watching where you’re going” can have serious consequences. According to the Home Safety Council, falls at home cause more than 5 million injuries each year – and even account for nearly 6,000 deaths. The Council recommends that you take a look at several areas, including:
- Stairs and Steps – For better protection, have handrails installed on both sides, and make sure they extend from the top to the bottom of the stairs. Use safety gates at the top and bottom with small children in the home. Also, keep the stairs clear of toys, laundry, books or other clutter. Finally, if any steps are broken, have them repaired.
- Lighting – Lighting helps us watch where we’re going, see hazards ahead and make adjustments. Make sure you have adequate lighting at entrances, on your porch and walkways and at the top and bottom of the stairs. Also, place nightlights in the bedroom, hall and bathroom to prevent stumbling in the dark during unplanned visits to the bathroom or tending to snack attacks in the kitchen.
- Reduce Slips – A big injury can start with a small slip, and that can start with a small rug. Secure small rugs by taping them to the floor (or don’t use them at all). Place a mat or non-slip strips in the tub and shower and add grab bars. Also, use a bath mat with a non-skid bottom on the bathroom floor.
- Other Good Practices – If you have a two-story (or more) home, place window guards on upstairs windows to keep children from falling out.
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