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How can I prevent slip and fall accidents in my home?

| Mar 12, 2021 | Premises Liability |

Slip and falls can happen almost anywhere, but when they happen in your home, you could be liable. Even if it happens to you or a family member, the effects of the incident can be terrible.

It is in your best interests to make sure your home is free from common hazards that lead to slip and fall accidents.

Open pathways

The National Safety Council suggests clearing clutter and rearranging furniture and other items to help create open pathways. Doing this will help to remove the possibility of tripping over furniture or cords, which you will want to rearrange and remove from the floor.

In addition, making sure there is no clutter will also help clear out areas to make a safe walking path. Slips can happen when you step on something in the walkway that should not be there. If your walkways are free of such hazards, then it reduces the slip and fall risks.

Create welcoming areas

There are plenty of other hazards lurking in your home that could lead to a fall. You can create safer areas by ensuring every space has adequate lighting. This includes outdoor spaces.

You should also provide assistance where needed. For example, make sure all stairs have handrails and that you properly install and secure the handrails.

Adjust to guests

To protect yourself from liability, you should always assess your home for risks prior to having visitors and remove or change anything that could be a hazard. For example, if you know you are having an older adult visit, it might be smart to remove throw rugs, which can easily lead to slipping.

Being proactive can help you to make a home that is safe and inviting. You can ensure that everyone in your home and your guests avoid dangerous falls by taking a few easy steps.