Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common causes of injuries in and around the home. Falling in the home causes more injuries to New Zealanders than road accidents and workplace injuries combined.
Tips to avoid slips, trips, and falls:
Tuck power cords away from walkways and common areas and secure them
Clear clutter away, and keep objects such as toys, shoes, books, and bags away from stairs and walkways
Anchor rugs with anti-slip mats
Arrange furniture so that there's enough space to move around the house
Make sure your lights are bright enough and positioned right
Make sure stairs have a solid handrail, good lighting, and are clear of clutter
Use a step ladder to reach high shelves.
For older members of your bubble
For family members over 65, staying active with regular exercise is a great way to help build leg and core strength that will help reduce the risk of a fall.
For more information on strength and balance for those over 65, see the Live Stronger for Longer website.