Be Safe - Prevent Falls Checklist

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•  Do regular exercise to improve strength and balance.

•  Ask your care team if conditions you have or medications you take raise your risk for falls. Ask how to lower the risk.

•  Install handrails on both sides of the stairs.

•  Keep stair areas well lit. Install a switch at the top and bottom of the stairs.

•  Make sure that carpet on stairs is nailed down securely.

•  Keep stairs clear of clutter.

•  Install grab bars in the shower, tub, and toilet area.

•  Use a shower bench that has rubber tips on the legs.

•  Before getting in the tub, test the bath water. Make sure it is not too hot.

•  Use a bath mat with suction cups or use nonslip adhesive strips in the tub/shower.

•  Don’t use any loose area rugs.

•  Keep lamp switches within easy reach.

•  Arrange furniture so there is a clear path for walking.

•  Test if furniture is sturdy enough to lean on.

•  Clear away phone or electrical wires from walk paths.

•  Use night lights.

•  Only use step stools with handrails.

•  Have snow and icy patches cleared from the sidewalk and steps.

Note: Let your health care team know if you have had a fall.

Other Home Safety Tips

•  Keep emergency phone numbers posted.

•  Stock first aid supplies.

•  Never smoke in bed or when you feel drowsy. Better yet, don’t smoke at all!

•  Install smoke alarms. Check them every 6 months. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and garage.

•  Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home and garage.

•  If you use a space heater, make sure it has an emergency shut off.

•  Plan an escape route in case of fire.

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