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How to Avoid Slips and Falls

From tripping over a loose carpet to slipping on ice, accidents are just waiting to happen, and if you’re not careful, a slip and fall can lead to serious injury. Help prevent slip and fall accidents while at home and out and about with these suggestions.

Declutter Your Space

Piles of books and newspapers on the floor, phone cords and even pet bowls present a potential risk when it comes to slip and fall accidents. By removing unnecessary odds and ends from walkways, stairwells and other high-traffic areas, you can create a safe zone free of potential trip-causing objects.

Hold Onto Railings

Whether you’re climbing the stairs inside your home or walking up and down a ramp during the winter months, make sure to hold onto the rails to stop yourself from taking a tumble.

Use Proper Lighting

Walking around a dark room without any lights on is a recipe for disaster. Avoid hazards by ensuring that your home has adequate lighting, both inside and out. Porch lights are especially helpful when returning home after dark.

Rid Your Home of Throw Rugs

Just one wrong step on an unsecured throw rug can have you slipping and sliding. Stay out of harm’s way by removing throw rugs from your house. If you decide to keep your throw rugs, use double-sided tape to secure them to your floor.

Wear Proper Footwear

As you traverse icy or snowy terrain, it’s essential that you wear boots that supply you with greater traction. Around the house, you should also do away with flimsy slippers that can throw you off balance. Look for sturdy, solid footwear instead.

In the unfortunate event that you’re involved in a slip and fall accident, turn to Carthage Area Hospital’s in-patient and out-patient therapy services. Performed by NYS-licensed physical therapists and occupational therapists, our physical and occupational therapy services offer the highest quality of care. To learn more about our physical therapy program, call us today at 315-493-1000.