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Safety Tips | Fall protection

Preventing slips, trips and falls

June 1, 2012

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Reduce your risk of slips, trips and falls by:

  • Keeping floors clean and clear of clutter.
  • Maintaining good lighting both indoors and on outdoor walkways.
  • Securing electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas.
  • Installing handrails on all stairways.
  • Using a sturdy stepstool when climbing or reaching for high places.
  • Cleaning up spills right away.
  • Wearing sensible footwear.
  • Never standing on a chair, table or surface on wheels.
  • Arranging furniture to provide open pathways to walk through.
  • Periodically checking the condition of outdoor walkways and steps and repairing as necessary.
  • Removing fallen leaves or snow from outdoor walkways.
  • Being aware that alcohol or drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medicine, can affect your balance and increase your risk of falling.

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