Fall Prevention Tips

Falls are a leading cause of serious injuries, and are arguably the most preventable especially in our own homes.  Here are some tips to help you make your home fall proof.

All about the House

  • Ensure your home is well lit
  • Install nightlights in halls, near stairs, and in bathrooms used at night
  • Avoid the use of scatter rugs
  • Ensure all carpeting is firmly tacked down
  • Keep floor surfaces free of clutter and spills
  • Arrange furniture to avoid catching clothing on corners


  • Floor surfaces are clutter free and dry
  • Shower curtains or doors can be fully closed to keep water in
  • A non-skid mat placed outside the shower or tub absorbs water and provides a place to your feet as you step out
  • A rubber bath mat inside the shower provides traction for standing
  • Especially for seniors, consider:
    • handles for tubs, showers and toilets
    • bath seat for the tub or shower
    • raised toilet seat


  • There is a handrail and it is in good repair
  • Stairs are free of toys and other clutter, and are in good repair
  • Any carpeting on the stairs is firmly tacked down
  • Bare stairs have a non- skid surface
  • The pathways at the top and bottom of the stairs are free of plants or other items


  • Floor surfaces are clutter free and dry, and only non-slip floor was is used
  • Appliance and cupboard doors are kept closed
  • Often used kitchen supplies are stored in easy to reach locations
  • Heavier items are stored in lower cupboards
  • A step stool with non-skid feet and a safety rail is available to reach in high places


  • All entrances are well lit
  • Stairs and decks have handrails and are in good repair
  • Bare stairs have a non-skid surface
  • Stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves or other clutter
  • Gardening and other tools are put away when not in use

Challenge a Child

Ask you kids or grandkids, or visiting children to be your Safety Agent.  Give them this check list and ask them to perform a safety inspection. Not only are thy helping you, but you’re helping them recognize common household hazards and teaching them how to avoid them.