Falls account for a large majority of medical responses made by the Paragould Fire Department each year. Most falls can be prevented by taking some simple steps to ensure your home is safe.
- Exercise will help you build strength and improve your balance and coordination. Ask your doctor about the best physical exercise for you.
- Get out of chair's slowly. Sit a moment before you get out of bed. Stand and get your balance before you walk. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep stairs and walking areas clear. Remove electrical cords, shoes, clothing, books, magazines, and other items that may be in the way of foot traffic.
- Use night lights or a flashlight to light the path between your bedroom and the bathroom. Turn on the lights before using the stairs. See an eyes specialist once a year-better vision can help prevent falls.
- Non-slip mats increase safety in the bathtub and on shower floors. Have grab bars installed on the wall next to the bathtub, shower, and toilet. Wipe up spilled liquids immediately.
- Make sure indoor flooring is safe. Use only throw rugs that have rubber, non-skid backing. Consider non-skid pads under rugs. Always smooth out wrinkles and folds in carpeting. Be aware of uneven sidewalks and pavement outdoors. Ask a family member, a friend, or a neighbor to clear ice and snow from outdoor stairs and walkways. Always use hand rails, if available, and step carefully.
- Lighting from both the top and bottom of stairways is important. Have easy-to-grip handrails installed along the full length on both sides of the stairs.
- Wear sturdy, well fitting shoes. Low-heeled shoes with non-slip soles are the best. These are safer than high heels, thick-soled athletic shoes, slippers, or stocking feet.