As a general rule, think about your activity first and consider how you can protect yourself from injury.
Around the House or Office
How many times have we heard that most accidents occur at home? Often. Now add to that the increasing number of people who work at home! Consider the following tips for your home or office.
Do not stand on a chair to change a light bulb. Always use a sturdy step stool with anti-slip steps and a handrail. Emergency room doctors sadly report that falls from chairs are common.
Lighting ... Proper lighting can be your best defense against tripping and falling. Look around your home - are the stairways, hallways, and entrances lighted? Where are the light switches - they should be easy to find. Did you know that ceiling fixtures provide more light than lamps? Inexpensive night-lights can be placed anywhere you might go during the night, such as the kitchen or bathroom. Also, keep a flashlight next to the bed in case of a nighttime emergency.
The Kitchen ... Falling down on a hard kitchen floor is dangerous. Sometimes the cause is a wet slippery floor. Wipe up spills immediately. Use a non-slip floor wax instead of conventional floor waxing products.
The Bathroom ... The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous places in the home. Combined with slick porcelain fixtures are water, limited room, a hard floor, and metal. In other words, a prime location for falling. However, most bathrooms can be made safer by considering the following tips:
Of course, even if you have all of these wonderful devices installed, the elderly and physically challenged may still need help. Never hesitate to ask for assistance.
*Special safety tip: The elderly or physically challenged may want to carry an alarm or pager system incase they fall or need assistance.
Stairways ... If you have toddlers in your home, use sturdy gates at the top of stairways to prevent them from falling down the stairs.