Home Safety - About UsHome Safety - Start SafeHome Safety - Great Safety AdventureHome Safety - My Safe HomeHome Safety - Safe SeniorsHome Safety - JoinHome Safety - Support
Welcome!
Home Safety - Tour MySafeHome
Home Safety - Newsletter

Falls Prevention

According to The State of Home Safety in America? (2004) conducted by the Home Safety Council, falls are by far the leading cause of unintentional home injury death. Falls account for an average of 5.1 million injuries and nearly 6,000 deaths each year. Walk through your home to identify and remedy potential fall hazards. What to look for:


Prevent Falls

Home Safety - Falls Prevention
*
  • Have handrails on both sides of stairs and steps. Make sure handrails go from the top to the bottom of stairs.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Have lots of lights at the top and bottom of the stairs.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • It is easy to trip on small rugs. Tape them to the floor or do not use them at all.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Keep the stairs clear.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Have nightlights in the bedroom, hall and bathroom.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Have a mat or non-slip strips in the tub and shower.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Have a bath mat with a non skid bottom on the bathroom floor.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Have grab bars in the tub and shower.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Wipe-up spills when they happen.

Protect Young Children

Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Always watch young children.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Window guards can keep a child from falling out the window. Have window guards on upstairs windows.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Cover the ground under playground equipment with a thick layer (9-12 inches) of mulch, wood chips or other safety material.

Outdoors

Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Put bright lights over all porches and walkways.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Have handrails on both sides of the stairs.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Put ladders away after using them. Store ladders on their sides, in a shed or garage.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Keep sidewalks and paths clear, so you don't trip.
Home Safety - Falls Prevention
  • Fix broken or chipped steps and walkways as soon as possible.

* Photo Courtesy of Jake Pauls

Follow HSC on TwitterHome Safety - WikiHome Safety - YouTubeHome Safety - FacebookHome Safety - MailHome Safety - RSS