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Make your home safe

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Did you know that most falls happen in the home? Make sure your home is safe with these tips:

In stairways, hallways, and pathways:

  • Make sure there is good lighting. Place light switches at both the top and bottom of the stairs.
  • Keep areas where you walk clear.
  • Check that all carpets are tacked firmly to the floor so they won't slip. Slipping can cause you to trip. Put no-slip strips on tile and wooden floors. You can buy these strips at hardware stores.
  • Have handrails on both sides of all stairs — from top to bottom — and be sure they're tightly attached.

In bathrooms and powder rooms:

  • Install grab bars near toilets and on both the inside and outside of your tub and shower.
  • Place nonskid mats, strips, or carpet on all surfaces that may get wet.
  • Keep nightlights on.

In your bedroom:

  • Put nightlights and light switches close to your bed.
  • Keep your telephone near your bed.

In other living areas:

  • Keep electric cords and telephone wires near walls and away from walking paths.
  • Tack all carpets and area rugs firmly to the floor.
  • Arrange your furniture and other objects so that they are not in the way. This will help keep you from tripping over low tables when you walk through the house.
  • Make sure your sofas and chairs are a good height for you. This helps you get in and out of them easily.

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Content last updated: August 12, 2010.

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