Preventing Common Accidents

Many Common Accidents Involve A Fall

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries among children ages 0 to 19,. Falling is also a common cause of injury among older Americans, resulting in over 8 million trips to the emergency room for nonfatal injuries. Understanding how, where, and why most household falls occur, means falls can be prevented and avoided. Here are some tips that are designed to bring household falls – the most common household accident – to a minimum. But even with the best planning, accidents still happen. If you or a loved one does fall, urgent care centers regularly treat injuries from household falls.

Baths: Make bath time slip-free

Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors. This can help prevent accidental falls for people of all ages.

Clutter: Reduce clutter

The more items are on the floor, the higher the chances of tripping on something. Keep your floors clean and clutter-free, especially on stairways and other high-traffic areas.

Electrical Cords: Keep cords and cables off the floor

Secure cables and other cords using nail cable clips. This will keep cords off your floors and against walls, and out of the way. Special mention here for cords that are used to open and close drapes and blinds; remove loops!!

Lighting: Keep your home well-lit

Improve vision and visibility to prevent falls. Keep your home well-illuminated and use lightweight curtains or shades to reduce the glare from the sun in early morning and late afternoon. Keep stairways lit; turn on lights early.

Playgrounds: Avoid unsafe playgrounds

One of the biggest places for falls among children is playgrounds. Make sure the playground is safe, sturdy and free from deteriorating wood or rusty metal. Choose playgrounds that are well-maintained and clean, and make sure your child or children play only on play apparatus that is appropriate for their physical abilities.

Wear Protective Gear

Protective Gear: Provide protective gear and insist it be worn

If your child is participating in sports, provide protective gear and insist it be worn so that they are protected should they have a fall. Protective gear includes helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and, where appropriate, goggles. Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment, whether you’re at home or out to play.

Rugs: Keep rugs in place

Tripping on a loose rug is a common cause of falls. Use underlay mats or double-sided tape to keep rugs from sliding on floors and prevent rugs from curling, which is a primary cause of tripping.

Step Stools: Use step stools only when necessary

Keep your most-used items in a low, easy-to-reach place so you don’t have to use step stools as often. 

Swimming Pools: Backyard swimming pools should be fenced and have locking gates

Yes, Backyard swimming pools should be fenced and have locking gates.

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