Toddlers may take a tumble with no harm done. But that's not always the case for adults, particularly older ones who are at high risk for a serious injury or even death from a fall.
How to fall-proof your home
Most falls happen at home: To make falling less of a danger:
- Remove loose rugs.
- Make sure all stairs have handrails, preferably on both sides.
- Keep things bright with enough light.
- Clear clutter from any place you walk.
- Equip tubs and showers with grab bars.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institute on Aging
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Facts About Falls." https://www.cdc.gov/falls/facts.html.
- National Institute on Aging. "Falls and Fractures in Older Adults." https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/falls-and-fractures-older-adults-causes-and-prevention.
- National Institute on Aging. "Preventing Falls at Home: Room by Room. https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/preventing-falls-home-room-room.