Avoiding those “killer” falls
to the Home Safety Council, falls are by far the leading
cause of unintentional home injury death. Falls account
for an average of 5.1 million injuries and nearly 6,000 deaths
each year. The vast majority of fall deaths occur among
age 65 and older and fall death rates are higher for males.
Here are a few tips to help minimize your risk:
- Have handrails
on both sides of stairs and steps, from the top to the
bottom of stairs.
- Have lots of lights at the top and
bottom of the stairs.
- Tape small rugs 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 grab bars in the tub
- Wipe up spills when they happen.
safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
- Have window
guards on upstairs windows to help keep a child from falling
out the window.
- Cover the ground under playground
equipment with 9-12 inches of mulch, wood chips
or other safety
- Outdoors, put bright lights
over all porches and walkways.
- Put ladders away after using
them. Store them on their sides, in a shed
- Keep sidewalks and paths
clear, so you don’t trip.
- Fix broken or chipped steps
and walkways as soon as possible.
- If you live alone, consider
a “life alert” type
bracelet or necklace
let you summon help if
get up after a fall.