Families & Health

Preventing Falls

Did You Know?

shower handles Slips and falls can easily be prevented. Keeping hallways and stairwells free of clutter, as well as removing loose throw rugs and exposed extension cords, are easy household modifications. Installing secure handrails and light fixtures to keep hallways and stairs well lit are other simple ways that you can prevent a fall. Be aware of medications and medical conditions that cause dizziness.

Take Charge!

If dishwasher you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, you may want to look at ways to reduce your risk of a fall.

  • Do you feel unsteady when going up and down stairs or when using a stepladder or a stool? Simple exercises that improve balance may be helpful.
  • Do you avoid going to the upstairs or the basement of your home? Install sturdy handrails for all indoor and outdoor stairs.
  • Do you need assistance in the bathroom? It’s never a bad idea to install grab bars for showers, tubs, and toilets.
  • Do you sometimes loose your footing? Consider wearing shoes with good support and non-slip soles.
  • Do you use a chair instead of a ladder to change light bulbs or when reaching for things? Using a ladder properly can reduce your risk of a fall.
  • Are you taking medications or over-the-counter products that might cause dizziness? Talk to your doctor to help diagnose the cause of your dizziness.

Tips for Fall Prevention

Make grandma and kids sure stairways, hallways and walkways are brightly lit and free of tripping hazards such as extension cords, clutter and pets.

  • Get up slowly from lying down or when standing up from a chair.
  • Secure all throw rugs, bathmats and plastic bathtub mats to the floor with nonskid backing or use double sided tape.
  • Ask for help when changing light bulbs or when reaching for hard to reach objects. Keep items you use often within reach.
  • Don’t take risks! Ask yourself, “What if?”
  • Make sure outdoor walkways are in good repair and free of ice and snow.
  • Have your eyes checked annually and wear glasses as prescribed. Your eyesight may change as you age.