Tuesday, June 11, 2013

National Safety Month: Preventing Falls in Your Home

Did you know that injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages?

June is National Safety Month. To help raise awareness about how important safety is, we'd like to share a few tips on how to prevent falls in your home:

  1. Watch out for your pets. Many fall injuries occur due to people falling or tripping over pets.
  2. Remove small throw rugs on smooth surfaces or tape down with carpet tape to insure lack of movement.
  3. Keep items you use daily within reach to avoid overstretching and use a step stool for those items out of reach.
  4. Don't rush to answer a doorbell or phone call.
  5. Remove children's toys from walking paths. Pick up the toys when not in use.
  6. Have adequate lighting throughout your house.
  7. Choose footwear that provides the best traction for your surfaces.
  8. Carpeting or carpet strips are great for your stairs.
  9. Pet related items like toys and food dishes should not be placed in walking paths and should be picked up when not in use.
  10. Clean up spills as they happen.
  11. Keep shoes against the wall and out of the traffic zone.
  12. Get slip resistant tub mats and bath mats.
  13. Install grab bars in the bathrooms to aid in mobility.
  14. Get obedience training for your dog to prevent injuries related to being pushed or pulled by the dog.
  15. Tape down or bundle up extension cords, if possible relocate items needing cords next to electrical outlets.

1 comment:

  1. This is a really great list! I actually had no idea that there was a national observance for safety, but it sure seems like a worthwhile endeavor. If you consider the amount of legal issues that come from lack of safety measures in certain places, it's crazy to think that so many accidents could be prevented by taking a few steps similar to these.