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Falls Prevention

Tips on how to prevent falls that could cause serious injury

  • Have handrails on both sides of stairs and steps. Make sure handrails go from the top to the bottom of stairs.
  • Have lots of lights at the top and bottom of the stairs.
  • It is easy to trip on small rugs. Tape them to the floor or do not use them at all.
  • Keep the stairs clear.
  • Have nightlights in the bedroom, hall and bathroom.
  • Have a mat or non-slip strips in the tub and shower.
  • Have a bath mat with a non skid bottom on the bathroom floor.
  • Have grab bars in the tub and shower.
  • Wipe-up spills when they happen.

Protect Young Children

  • Always watch young children.
  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Window guards can keep a child from falling out the window. Have window guards on upstairs windows.
  • Cover the ground under playground equipment with a thick layer (9-12 inches) of mulch, wood chips or other safety material.

Outdoors

  • Put bright lights over all porches and walkways.
  • Have handrails on both sides of the stairs.
  • Put ladders away after using them. Store ladders on their sides, in a shed or garage.
  • Keep sidewalks and paths clear, so you don't trip.
  • Fix broken or chipped steps and walkways as soon as possible.