Safety at home
One of the practical things that you can do to reduce the risk of falls at home is to make some simple modifications in three key areas:
Poor lighting makes it difficult to see where you’re going and identify potential trip hazards.
- Replace low light bulbs with a higher wattage.
- Install motion-activated lights at entryways and in hallways.
- Use solar-powered lights along garden paths.
- A glow-in-the-dark frame around light switches helps to make them easy to find at night.
- Apply glow-in-the-dark tape to help identify hazards or objects to be aware of.
Even the smallest things can become a trip hazard. Take a walk through the house and look out for:
- Rugs or carpet lifting at the edges – tape these down with double-sided tape or remove entirely
- Electrical cords running across pathways – move behind furniture or along skirting boards
- Clutter and low tables – put items away, remove small pieces of furniture and use an arm rest caddy to hold books, glasses and remotes
- Steps, uneven paving and level changes – mark these using contrasting tape along the edge
- Pets – add a bell to their collar and look out for them before walking
Slippery surfaces and inappropriate footwear can easily lead to a fall. Simple changes can include:
- Wear well-fitting, comfortable flat shoes
- Use non-slip mats in the bathroom, shower and other wet areas
- Install handrails in the shower or bath
- Keep pathways clear of leaves and grass clippings
- Clean up spills as soon as they happen