Fall Prevention

Learn the eight steps to preventing falls.

Fall Prevention Tips

1. Exercise Regularly

  • Builds strength, coordination, and balance
  • Consult your physician

2. Take Your Time

  • Get out of chairs and beds slowly
  • Stand and gain your balance before walking
  • Be aware of your surroundings

3. Keep Walking Areas & Stairs Clear

Eliminate tripping hazards:

  • electrical cords
  • shoes
  • clothes
  • books
  • other clutter

4. Improve Lighting

Inside and outside of your home:

  • Use night lights to illuminate pathways
  • Illuminate stairways before use

5. Use Nonslip Mats

  • Inside bathtub
  • On shower floor
  • Install grab bars
    • on walls in tub and shower
    • next to toilet

6. Beware of Uneven Surfaces

On sidewalks and pavement:

  • Use nonskid backing on rugs
  • Smooth out carpeting
  • Eliminate folds and wrinkles

7. Illuminate Stairs

  • From top to bottom
  • Install easy-to-grip handrails
    • along full length of stairs
    • on both sides

8. Wear Sturdy Shoes That Fit

These types of shoes are safest:

  • Low-heeled shoes
  • Nonslip soles