Injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 44 in the U.S., according to the CDC. Reduce your family’s risk of injury due to slips, trips and falls by taking the right safety measures in the home.
Falls can be especially traumatic for the elderly due to fragility of bones. According to Medline Plus, those who suffer from osteoporosis could break a bone, often a hip, in a fall. Try these tips to lower you and your family’s risk of sustaining an injury in the home.
Use Proper Lighting
Keep your home properly lit, even at night. Try using LED night lights to illuminate hallways, especially between bedroom areas and bathrooms where you’re most likely to be walking with the lights off. Light exteriors properly to avoid tripping and falling in the yard at night.
Avoid Icy Ground and Sidewalks
Be especially careful in cold weather, when sidewalks can ice up. Get help using salt or litter on your sidewalks to combat ice patches. Step off of concrete entirely if you’re not sure what the surface of the sidewalk is like. It’s better to be safe than test it by walking on ice patches.
Remove Clutter in the Home
Many trips and falls occur due to objects on the floor. Encourage children to pick up toys and avoid leaving sports or exercise equipment out on the floor. Pick up books, bags and other clutter. Avoid crowding furniture together too closely and always make sure shelves are properly secured against the wall.
Use a Walker or Cane When Necessary
If your doctor has recommended the use of a cane or walker, follow those directions. A cane can help prevent debilitating falls, and should be used any time you’re walking without the assistance of something to hang onto for support and balance.
Slip-proof the Bathroom
Always use a bath mat in the the tub or shower. It should cover as much of the floor as possible. Use a non-slip bath rug for stepping out of the water so that you avoid slipping on a wet floor in the bathroom. Install handles to help you step in and out of the tub and keep towels within easy reach.
If you’re fit and limber, you’ll be more likely to react with balance and strength if in danger of falling. Good fitness can help you avoid injury or recover from injury more quickly if you do fall. Talk to your doctor about the right fitness routine for your individual health needs.
When accidents do happen, rest assured Medical Center of Lewisville's Emergency Department team will be here for you. Visit us online today to learn more or give us a call at 972-420-1000.