Avoid trips and falls in the home by following these safety tips.
The majority of accidents involving older people are falls, especially in the home.
The most serious accidents involving older people usually happen on the stairs or in the kitchen. The bedroom and the living room are the most common locations for accidents in general.
Falls affect over a third of people over 65 and 40% of people over 80. Follow this advice to stay safe:
avoid leaving items on the stairs – they can become a tripping hazard
ensure stairs are well maintained, with damaged or worn carpet repaired
make sure landings, stairs and hallways are well lit
make sure banisters are sturdy.
Worn rugs, slippery floors or paths, uneven surfaces, trailing flexes, and items left lying around can increase the danger of slips and trips. Spills on the floor should be cleaned up immediately to prevent slipping.