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