Fall Injuries and How to Prevent Them

According to the National Safety Council Injury Facts compiled in 2011, one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries, and unintentional deaths in or around the home, is falling. Falls especially affect elderly people, aged 65 years or older. These falls can result in serious injuries, such as bone fractures. Among the elderly, hip fractures causing the most complications and number of deaths. The majority of falls are attributed to uneven walking surfaces, including doorways, ramps, and stairs that would otherwise be safe for general use.

The National Safety Council suggests several “fall prevention tips”, such as:

  • Immediately cleaning up spills
  • Keeping walkways open and clear of furniture, drawers, toys, or other obstructions
  • Maintaining lighting, outside and inside the home
  • Placing skid-resistant mats underneath rugs
  • Wearing sturdy shoes that grip the ground well
  • Pointing gutter spouts away from walkways to prevent puddles from accumulating

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control also recommends that elderly people regularly participate in community exercise programs in order to maintain their physical strength, sense of balance, and in turn, their self-sufficiency. A study, conducted for the NCIPC, showed that subjects who participated in these exercise programs were “40 percent less likely to fall and one-third less likely to suffer a fall-related injury.” Slip-and-falls are a genuine threat of injury and send more than 8 million people to the ER per year. Take steps to protect your home and the ones you love from falls.

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