FALL PROOFING YOUR HOME
Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. Many falls could be prevented by making simple changes in your living areas, as well as personal and lifestyle changes.
Take time to “fall proof” your home, both inside and outdoors.
- Remove anything that could cause you to trip or slip while walking.
- Arrange furniture to give you plenty of room to walk freely.
- Be sure that carpets are secured to the floor and stairs.
- Be careful when walking outdoors, and avoid going out alone on ice or snow.
- Poor lighting-inside and outdoors- can increase your risk of falls.
- Good lighting on stairways is especially important.
- Place lamp within easy reach of your bed.
- Rearrange often-used items in your home to make them more accessible.