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Safe Steps - Fall Prevention


"We tend to think we're always safe on flat ground, but the thousands of injuries each year tell us otherwise.

· Falls are the #1 cause of death for older adults; fall-proof your home

· Keep floors and surfaces clear of clutter

· Keep file cabinets and desk drawers closed

· Keep electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas

· Install handrails on stairways

· Wear sensible footwear

· Never stand on chairs, tables or any surface with wheels

· Properly arrange furniture to create open pathways

· Maintain good lighting indoors and out

More than 6.8 million people were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries in 2019. A fall can end in death or disability in a split second, but with a few simple precautions, you'll be sure stay safe at home and at work."


National Safety Council www.nsc.org




More resources for fall prevention:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 800-232-4636 888-232-6348 (TTY) cdcinfo@cdc.gov www.cdc.gov

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications 213-740-1364 homemods@usc.edu www.homemods.org

Rebuilding Together 800-473-4229 info@rebuildingtogether.org www.rebuildingtogether.org

National Falls Prevention Resource Center 571-527-3900 www.ncoa.org/center-for-healthy-aging/falls-resource-center/

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