Tips to Avoid Falls at Home

Article ID: 510409

Released: 11-Mar-2005 11:20 AM EST

Source Newsroom: Mayo Clinic

Newswise — When it comes to household safety, it pays to be proactive. In the United States, about 30,000 people die each year as a result of injuries at home. Falls are responsible for about one-third of home injury fatalities. Older adults are often more susceptible to falling because of a decline in mobility and balance.

The March issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers tips to minimize chances of falling at home.

* Light your way. Keep all areas, especially hallways and stairways, well lit. Use nightlights and have a flashlight handy in case of power outages.

* Keep pathways clear. Arrange furniture to allow for easy movement. Remove boxes, newspapers, cords, baskets and general clutter from high-traffic areas. Keep outdoor steps and walkways in good repair.

* Secure rugs and flooring. Secure loose rugs and carpets with tacks or a slip-resistant backing. Remove small throw rugs. Repair frayed carpet and loose floorboards.

* Safeguard stairways. Make sure all stairways have sturdy railings and that steps have a nonskid surface.

*Enhance bathroom safety. Install grab bars in your shower or tub and near your toilet. Use nonskid mats in the shower or tub.

* Keep necessities handy. Store clothing, dishes, food and other everyday items within easy reach.

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