Hazards are everywhere! Preventing slips, trips and falls can help eliminate dangerous areas in your home.
Your home should be your safe haven, a place where you and your family feel secure. Slipping and falling is one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries, and even death in the home. The risk of falling and sustaining fall related injuries rises with age. We probably all know someone who has an elderly relative who had a bad fall at home, or maybe you’ve even fallen yourself. In a single careless moment your life and health can change in instant, so it is important that you are pro-active in maintaining your residence with home safety in mind. Areas in the home that are common locations where you will want to prevent slips, trips and falls include: doorways, ramps, uneven surfaces, slippery smooth flooring (especially when wet), stairs, bathrooms, and cluttered hallways. Preventing slips, trips and falls at home is a task in itself. You can help by following these tips:
- Stay off freshly mopped floors and clean up spills immediately.
- Wear shoes with good support and slip-resistant soles.
- Remove clutter and debris from stairs and walkways.
- All staircases should have handrails on both sides.
- Furniture should be arranged to provide open walking paths.
- Don’t store items in high unreachable spots if you need to access them frequently.
- Make sure your home has adequate lighting throughout.
- Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas.
- If you use a walker make sure it is consistently, even for short walking distances.
- Never stand on a chair, table, or other surface with wheels when reaching for something.
In the bathroom where water and slippery surfaces can cause additional hazards, you can prevent slips, trips and falls by:
- Placing nonslip decals on the bottom of the shower/tub.
- Keeping your bath products at knee-height or higher so you won’t have to stoop and risk losing your balance.
- Adding a shower bench and a handheld showerhead so you can sit down comfortably while bathing without having to strain to stand back up.
- Being extremely cautious in stepping over the threshold of the shower/tub and install grab bars if need be.
- Using rugs with rubber backing or place nonslip pads under rugs on the bathroom floor.
- Being diligent in cleaning up puddles of water.
No matter how conscious you are of preventing slips, trips and falls in your home, complete accident avoidance is impossible, and injuries are still likely to occur. Make sure if you are injured to seek appropriate medical treatment in a timely manner, and of course correct any safety issues that contributed to the accident.
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