The most common and dangerous cause of injury is falls.
Here are measures you can take to reduce falls:
- Remove scatter rugs or use non-skid tape or backing on throw rugs
- Tack down the edges of all carpets
- Never leave articles around beds, stairs, or in hallways
- Do not use a doorway, halls or stairs for storage
- Keep pathways clear of furniture, electric cords, space heaters, etc.
- Don’t rush when climbing up or down stairs
- Stairs should have non-skid treads and a solid, easy to grasp handrail
- If you must climb, use a solid step or ladder rather than a chair or box
- When carrying objects, make sure you:
- Can see
- Get a firm grip
- Move slowly and evenly
- Lift with your legs (knees bent, back straight)
- Ask for help with heavy or awkward objects
General Safety Tips:
- Avoid wearing only socks, smooth-soled shoes or slippers on non-carpeted floors
- Avoid wet floors – wipe all spills up immediately
- Keep kitchen floor free of grease and scraps
- Household pets should be kept under control and out of pathways
- To avoid dizziness, get out of your bed or chair slowly.
- In the bathroom:
- Be sure mats are non-skid and there are treads in the tub or shower to prevent slips.
- Install “grab bars”. Towel racks should not be used as grab bars as they are not secure enough to support body weight.
Adequate lighting will help prevent accidents
- Keep a lamp near the bed so you will not have to get up in the dark.
- Keep a night light in the bathroom.
- Keep hallways and steps well-lit.
- Keep a flashlight handy in case of power failure.
Additional Important Safety Tips:
- Post Emergency Numbers By Your Phone
- If you live alone, ask a neighbor, friend, or family member to check on you each day
- Take your time
- Be safe
- Do not take unnecessary risks