Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional-injury death. The Minnesota Safety Council suggests taking the following precautions to avoid falls at home:
  • Keep traffic areas clear. Be sure people can walk through without walking around or squeezing past obstacles and furniture.
  • Keep rooms neat. Pick up toys, books, magazines and other clutter from the floor. Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Install light switches at each end of all stairways and long halls so you aren't forced to walk in the dark. Equip all stairs, even short ones, with secure handrails.
  • Repair any frayed or worn edges on rugs and other floor coverings. Choose area rugs that have slip-resistant backings.
  • Run electrical cords along the walls and away from traffic areas. Make sure any exposed cords are taped down securely.
  • Skid-proof your bathtub or shower stall with a slip-resistant rubber mat or adhesive safety strips or decals. Install grab bars on walls next to tubs and stalls.
  • Close cabinets and drawers when you're not using them.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes and slippers with non-skid bottoms.
  • Use light switches. You can't avoid what you can't see.
  • Don't carry loads that block your vision. Instead, make several trips with smaller loads.
  • Use a sturdy step stool or stepladder to reach items on high shelves. Don't climb on countertops, chairs, tables or other pieces of furniture.
  • Don't hurry. Move deliberately.
Source: www.mnsafetycouncil.org