Home Safety – Preventing Falls

Nothnagle Realtors has partnered with the Prevention 1st Foundation to distribute safety materials to homeowners. Many accidents that occur in and around the home are preventable with some simple precautions and safety tips to follow.

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of nonfatal unintentional injuries? Here are 10 Simple Ways to Protect Your Family From Falls.

1. Wipe up spills immediately.

2. Remove small rugs (or tape them to the floor).

3. Remove clutter, which can be a tripping hazard–especially toys.

4. Use a bath mat or nonslip strips in tubs and showers.

5. Use night lights in bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways

6. Make sure you have adequate lighting at the top and bottom of stairs.

7. Install handrails on stairs.

8. If you have children, use gates at the top and bottom of stairs.

9. Don’t leave small children unattended on a table, bed or elevated surface.

10. Establish clear, firm safety rules for children such as no jumping on furniture.

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