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accidents, falls kill more people than any other type of accident. In addition
to the thousands of deaths, there are over 12 million people injured in
falls every year. We usually think of dangerous falls in relation to heights,
but many people have died from falls on the same level on which they were
Timely correction of hazards that lead to falls is a step in the safe direction. Key elements of fall prevention on the same level are:
Be alert and remove materials that create tripping hazards in aisles or other travel paths.
Practice good housekeeping by removing foreign substances such as water, grease, paper, oil and debris left on otherwise safe walking surfaces.
Maintain condition of shoes free of worn or loose sole and heels.
Avoid holes, loose materials and uneven walking surfaces.
Avoid walking in areas with less than adequate lighting.
Avoid walking while under the influence of certain prescriptions that affect maintaining balance.
Walk at a moderate pace and do not turn too sharply when changing your direction.
Use handrails -- they have a specific purpose.
LET'S THINK TWICE ABOUT HOW TO KEEP OURSELVES AND OTHERS SAFE FROM FALLS.