The most common and dangerous cause of injury is falls.
Here are measures you can take to reduce falls:
Remove scatter rugs or use non-skid tape or backing on throw rugs
Tack down the edges of all carpets
Never leave articles around beds, stairs, or in hallways
Do not use a doorway, halls or stairs for storage
Keep pathways clear of furniture, electric cords, space heaters, etc.
Don’t rush when climbing up or down stairs
Stairs should have non-skid treads and a solid, easy to grasp handrail
If you must climb, use a solid step or ladder rather than a chair or box
When carrying objects, make sure you:
Get a firm grip
Move slowly and evenly
Lift with your legs (knees bent, back straight)
Ask for help with heavy or awkward objects
General Safety Tips:
Avoid wearing only socks, smooth-soled shoes or slippers on non-carpeted floors
Avoid wet floors – wipe all spills up immediately
Keep kitchen floor free of grease and scraps
Household pets should be kept under control and out of pathways
To avoid dizziness, get out of your bed or chair slowly.
In the bathroom:
Be sure mats are non-skid and there are treads in the tub or shower to prevent slips.
Install “grab bars”. Towel racks should not be used as grab bars as they are not secure enough to support body weight.
Adequate lighting will help prevent accidents
Keep a lamp near the bed so you will not have to get up in the dark.
Keep a night light in the bathroom.
Keep hallways and steps well-lit.
Keep a flashlight handy in case of power failure.
Additional Important Safety Tips:
Post Emergency Numbers By Your Phone
If you live alone, ask a neighbor, friend, or family member to check on you each day
Take your time
Do not take unnecessary risks