Fall Prevention Awareness Week takes place this year from September 21 to 25. It’s a great time to make sure that you’re doing everything possible to avoid slip-and-fall accidents and to prevent them from happening to those you love. Millions of people are injured every year due to slip-and-fall accidents, most of which are avoidable with proper safety precautions. To help you and your family avoid a fall injury, Patterson Legal Group presents Fall Prevention Awareness Week safety tips.
Fall Injury Statistics
Before we get into safety tips, here are some facts and figures to illustrate the frequency and seriousness of slip-and-fall injuries.
- Stanford Children’s Health claims that 2.2-million children ages 14 and under are treated annually at hospital emergency rooms for fall-related injuries and 100 die from those injuries
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that more than three-million people over the age of 65 are treated for fall injuries annually, 800,000 are hospitalized, 300,000 suffer broken hips, and 32,000 die
- The National Safety Council claims that 25.8 percent of workplace injuries are due to slips, trips, and falls
As you can see, fall injuries are a grave matter, especially for children and the elderly. A slip-and-fall accident could lead to broken bones, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and more. In extreme cases, a bad fall can lead to wrongful death.
How to Prevent Fall Injuries
In many cases, fall injuries are highly preventable and there are several things that you can do to lower the chances of one happening. Here are some highly effective safety tips that are easy to follow.
Fall Prevention Awareness Tips for Home and Work
- Keep pathways clear, especially ones with heavy traffic
- Secure power cords and other cables
- Make sure that pathways are sufficiently lit
- Keep frequently used items close by so you don’t have to walk to get them
- Add bathroom supports for elderly and disabled people
- Use non-skid mats or rugs in the kitchen and bathroom
- Make sure that handrails on stairs are in good condition
Fall Prevention Awareness Tips for Children
- Inspect the playground area and equipment before letting your child play
- Keep an eye out for uneven surfaces when walking with your kids
- Hold you children’s hands while walking in unfamiliar places and, especially, when crossing the street
- Make sure that your children’s shoes are on comfortably and securely
Fall Prevention Awareness Tips for Seniors
- Make sure that your cane or walker are in good condition
- Get your vision checked regularly so that you can clearly see where you’re walking
- Ask your doctor if any of your medications affect you balance or vision
- Do low-impact exercises, such as tai chi, to help improve balance and strength
- Have grab bars and support rails installed in your home
Hurt in a Fall? Contact Patterson Legal Group.
Patterson Legal Group hopes that you follow the safety tips above. Please share them with your friends and family to help increase their safety and lower their chances of a fall injury.
Unfortunately, even if you are aware of possible causes, some slip-and-fall accidents are unavoidable because of another party’s negligence or defective products. In those cases, our team of compassionate and experienced legal professionals can help. Our lawyers will do everything possible to win you the compensation that you deserve for a fall injury.
You can reach Patterson Legal Group 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Consultations are free and we do not charge any fees unless your case is won. Don’t let the insurance company bully or low-ball you! Contact us today.