How To Prevent Slips and Falls At Home

How To Prevent Slips and Falls At Home
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    Slips, falls, and trips can occur anywhere in your home or at work and could lead to severe injuries and sometimes deaths.

    Several thousand people seek medical treatments for slips and fall yearly in America.

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However, you can take steps to prevent slips and falls by being aware of the causes in your home and surroundings.

Let’s find out what these methods are.

Install anti slip strips, handrails, and grab bars for stairs and floors

Falling from stairs, or slipping due to wet grounds, especially at home, is quite common, and you can prevent this by installing Anti Slip Strips for Stairs and Floors.

These safety devices would help going up and down stairs and safeguard floors, toilets, and bathtubs.

Use proper footwear

Ensure you choose home footwear that fits properly. Choose footwear with good tread and low heels.

Ensure the heels and soles of your shoes have good traction and are slip-resistant. Additionally, make sure your shoelaces are securely tied.

Use night lights

Falls can happen at night. It could be a result of alcohol or fatigue. However, a significant cause is usually due to poor lighting. Using an inexpensive solar-powered deck, porch, and path light, you can make your walkways, stairs, and outdoor steps safer.

Inside your home, you can use LED battery-powered night lights. These would help reduce home accidents.

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Reduce clutters and hazards in your home

About half of deaths that occur due to falling occur on stairways and steps. It is a dangerous habit to let clutter remain on your stairs. So, you must keep your steps and stairways from things that might lead to falls. Some of this clutter and hazards you should note are discussed below.

  • Move magazine racks, coffee tables, and plant stands from areas with high traffic.
  • Remove phone cords, electrical cords, newspapers, and boxes from walkways.
  • Ensure you use bath seats that allow you to sit while you shower.
  • Use non-slip mats in showers and bathtubs.
  • Always promptly clean off food, grease, or spilled foods.
  • Repair loose carpeting and wooden floorboards.
  • Lastly, fix loose rugs with slip-resistant backing, tacks, or double-faced tapes. Or you could altogether remove loose rugs from your home.

Fix uneven surfaces

As a person ages, their vision changes. This means that the depth perception might not be as strong as before, so they might overlook details about the walking surfaces.

So, you must fix uneven steps and walkways in and outside your home, this helps prevent slips and falls. Additionally, you can add color contrast to your floors, like carpet on hardwood floors rather than beige. This will make all surface changes clear.

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That’s A Wrap

When you prevent slips and falls in your home, you protect yourself and your family and guests who would visit. To make your home safer, you need to cultivate good housekeeping habits.

Additionally, reduce clutters around your home and install brighter lights. Also, install rails on both sides of your stairs and add grab bars around bathroom fixtures to improve your home safety.

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