Safety Tip

Check for Safety: Help Prevent Falls at Home

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Emergency departments treat more than 2.8 million fall-related injuries annually.

Many falls are preventable. More than 75% of falls take place inside or near the home. There are some simple changes you can make to help reduce your risk of falling. 

Front Door

  • Fix cracked, uneven, and wobbly steps leading to your front door.
  • Make sure the entryway is well-lit and consider installing motion sensor lights.
  • Consider installing a grab bar by the front door to provide balance while stepping up to the door or putting your key in.
 

Kitchen

  • Keep items you use often on the lower shelves (about waist level).
  • If you must use a step stool, get one with a bar to hold on to. Never stand on a chair.
 

Bedroom

  • Place a lamp close to the bed within easy reach
  • Add a nightlight to light the path from the bed to the bathroom.
 

Bathroom

  • Place a non-slip rubber mat or self-stick strips on the floor of your tub or shower.
  • Install grab bars next to and inside the tub and next to the toilet.
 

Floors

  • Make sure furniture is arranged to allow for a clear path to walk.
  • Remove throw rugs or secure with double-sided tape or a non-slip backing.
  • Teach everyone to keep objects like papers, shoes, and books off the floor.
  • Keep electrical cords taped along the wall and out of the way.
 

Stairs

  • Install handrails on both sides of steps.
  • Make sure stairs are well-lit.
  • Never leave objects such as papers, shoes or books on stairs.
 

Click here to download a falls prevention brochure with additional safety tips from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).