Top 3 fall hazards in your home and how to fix them
Is your home free from fall hazards?
Living independently is a tremendous feeling; and feeling safe in your home environment is a huge part of that independence. And we believe that ensuring your environment is safe from fall hazards is an important part of independent living.
Believe it or not, falls are the most common cause of injury and hospitalisation and injury in the country. In fact, two out of three falls (that’s a whopping 66%) happen in the home.
Although some people believe that falls are associated with age, disability, concentration or clumsiness; realistically anyone is at risk of falling in their home. Research shows that you’re four times more likely to fall in your home if there are hazards present, too.
Of course, when we live independently, we don’t want to have to rely on someone else to help us; so the notion of having a fall can be quite scary. But don’t worry, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure your home isn’t hiding any fall risks.
📍Eliminate clutter-related hazards
Power cords and loose clutter are the sneakiest culprits of trips and falls in the home. Keeping your cords off the floor – and out of the way of doorways where we might not see them. It’s also best to avoid putting things on the floor that aren’t always there, as we unconsciously follow certain paths when we walk around our home. Something as simple as a handbag on the floor can cause a painful fall.
📍Check for floor trip hazards
Over half of all falls leading to hospitalisation occurred on a flat surface, so it’s very important that your floor is safe. Crumpled rugs, loose pieces of carpet and slippery tiles/wooden floors can easily ruin your day. If you have a loose piece of carpet, it’s best to get it fixed straight away. And of course, if you’ve mopped the floor, it’s best to wait until it’s dry to re-enter that room. Wearing firm shoes or slippers with grip will also help you navigate trip hazards.
📍Be aware of environmental fall risks
Something as simple as poor lighting can cause you to get disoriented, trip, or lose your balance. When it’s dark or rainy, make sure you’ve turned on your lights; and keep the curtains opened when it’s sunny out. It’s also really handy to keep a torch or flashlight handy in case there’s a blackout, or you need a bit more light.
Keeping your home hazard-free is the first step towards in-home fall prevention. We recommend re-checking your home for these fall hazards weekly to maintain your safety at home. Think of it as a weekly safety audit!
In the event of a fall, the first thing you’ll want to do is ensure that you’re OK. We want that too. With HomeGuardian, up to three emergency contacts will be alerted if you’ve fallen. Independent doesn’t mean alone – give our friendly HomeGuardian Service team a call on 1300 248 324 to learn more, and explore to our website for more information!
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