Many Virginia residents feel safe when they are at their homes. However, most falls occur at home and falls can sometimes result in serious injuries. It is important for people to go through their homes and make sure they identify places where someone might slip or trip so they can prevent these incidents before they happen.
People encounter tripping hazards in many areas of their home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one room where people might slip is the bathroom. People can easily slip and fall when they are in the shower or the bathtub, so it is a good idea to make sure there are non-slip mats on these floors. If people have an elderly relative who lives with them or visits often, they may also want to install grab bars near the toilet and in the tub so this loved one will be safe. A person might also trip and fall if there is too much clutter on the floor. It is important to pick up blankets, magazines and shoes so they are not in the way. People may also want to make sure they have clear walking paths in a room so no one trips on furniture. Additionally, rugs can be a slipping hazard if they are not secured to the floor.
Sometimes inadequate light can cause people to fall. It is a good idea for people to make sure staircases are well-lit and have a light switch at both ends. Some people may want to use night-lights so no one trips when they walk down a dark hallway. Additionally, homeowners should usually fix their stairs when they notice torn carpeting or a broken step.
Sometimes people may fall when they use a step stool to reach items on high shelves. According to Family Handyman magazine, people should make sure their step stool has a handrail that is high enough for a person to grab even when they are on the top step. Step stools should also have nonskid steps and rubber-tipped feet. Additionally, people may want to install safety gates at staircases if they have young children.