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Preventing Slips and Falls in the Home

Author / Coordinator:  
National Safety Council
March 2007

In 1998, falls in the home and community caused or led to 15,900 deaths. All age groups are vulnerable (see our fact sheet on Keeping Kids Safe From Home Falls also), but older adults are most at risk. In fact, 80% of those receiving fatal injury are over the age of 65. Falls continue to be the major reason for injury-related death, injury and hospital admission for older adults.

Follow these tips to prevent slips and falls in your home:

  • Keep the floor clear. Reduce clutter and safely tuck telephone and electrical cord out of walkways.
  • Keep the floor clean. Clean up grease, water and other liquids immediately and avoid waxing your  floors.
  • Use non-skid throw rugs to reduce your chance of slipping on linoleum.
  • Install handrails in stairways. Have grab bars in the bathroom (by toilets and in tub/shower.)
  • Make sure living areas are well lit. We can all trip and fall in the dark.
  • Be aware that climbing and reaching high places will increase your chance of a fall. Use a sturdy step stool with handrails when these tasks are necessary.
  • Follow medication dosages closely. Using medication incorrectly may lead to dizziness, weakness and other side effects. These can all lead to a dangerous fall.

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