How to Reduce Falls

Some tips to help you reduce falls inside and outside of the home:

  • Wear sensible, properly fitting shoes with nonskid soles.
  • Avoid shoes with extra-thick soles.
  • Keep the home well-lit.
  • Remove boxes, newspapers, electrical cords and phone cords from walkways.
  • Secure loose rugs with slip-resistant backing.
  • Store clothing, dishes, food, and other household necessities within easy reach.
  • Use nonslip mats in the bathtub or shower.
  • Repair loose floorboards and carpeting right away.
  • Install easily accessible or glow-in-the-dark switches in the room entrances.
  • Place night lights in the bedroom, bathroom and hallways.
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