|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
- 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
- Run electrical cords along the
walls and away from traffic areas. Make sure any exposed cords are taped
- 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.