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Fall-Proof Your Home

There’s more at play here, and you should be aware of it to make your house fall-proof, especially for the sake of the kids and the elderly. Let’s look at how you can fall-proof your home.

Clear The Floor, Make It Easy To Move Around

Everybody cleans up their house. But, when the weekend arrives, people get lazy and the floor gets littered with things. To fall-proof your home, you must first clear the space and leave enough room for walking around comfortably. Rearranging the furniture also goes a long way towards helping avoid falls.

Especially tape the wires that are lying around, and secure the power cords onto the walls or desks. You must also take care while mopping, as slippery floors are very dangerous. Use of rugs and mats with anti-skid backings also adds to the safety.

Work The Stairs: Declutter, Repair, Light It Up

Stairs are another source of frequent falls at home. It is important to keep the staircase clear and accessible. Never leave items like books, clothes, or anything else on the stairs, even temporarily. Some homes also have pots on the stairs, which, ideally, are not safe. Repair any woodwork on the stairs and ensure the handrails are firm and well in place. It is also advisable to install lights for the top and bottom stairs.

Fix Up The Bathroom

Check for the electrical network and switches. Water and electricity together are dangerous for safety. And make sure your bathroom floors don’t retain water. In addition, install grab bars next to the commode and the bathtub. Use a rubber mat, and install stick strips wherever necessary. You can buy the latter from any home center or hardware store.

Make The Kitchen User-Friendly

Reorganize the kitchen such that the kitchen wares and accessories used repeatedly are the most accessible. If you frequently need to use jars from the top shelves, buy a grabbing tool, and don’t leave spills unattended.

Change Up The Bedroom For Safety

Generally, the bedrooms need to be well-lit. During the nights, the path from the bed to the door, and the path from the bed to the bathroom need to be visible and easily accessible. This depends on the placement of the night lamps. Also keep the telephone close to the bed and the torch nearby, in case of an emergency.

Remember that fall-proofing your home should not be restricted to the indoors. But the best thing to do is to start the process indoors. Well-lit spaces, cleared floors, and conveniently sized stairs will drastically reduce the chances of a fall.