Did you know that most falls happen in the home? Make sure your home is safe with these tips:
In stairways, hallways, and pathways:
- Make sure there is good lighting. Place light switches at both the top and bottom of the stairs.
- Keep areas where you walk clear.
- Check that all carpets are tacked firmly to the floor so they won't slip. Slipping can cause you to trip. Put no-slip strips on tile and wooden floors. You can buy these strips at hardware stores.
- Have handrails on both sides of all stairs — from top to bottom — and be sure they're tightly attached.
In bathrooms and powder rooms:
- Install grab bars near toilets and on both the inside and outside of your tub and shower.
- Place nonskid mats, strips, or carpet on all surfaces that may get wet.
- Keep nightlights on.
In your bedroom:
- Put nightlights and light switches close to your bed.
- Keep your telephone near your bed.
In other living areas:
- Keep electric cords and telephone wires near walls and away from walking paths.
- Tack all carpets and area rugs firmly to the floor.
- Arrange your furniture and other objects so that they are not in the way. This will help keep you from tripping over low tables when you walk through the house.
- Make sure your sofas and chairs are a good height for you. This helps you get in and out of them easily.
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