According to the CDC (as reported by the Temecula-based Valley News publication), an estimated 30,000 annual slip and fall accidents in the home could be prevented with several simple increased safety precautions. We will outline each in this blog post.
1. Improve Lighting
Have you ever stumbled around in the dark in search of water or the bathroom at night? If so, you’re not alone. Many slip and fall accidents occur as a result of inadequate lighting. Protect yourself and your family by utilizing nightlights, rope lights on stairs, and motion-sensor baseboard lights. Additionally, make sure all highly-trafficked outdoor areas — such as entryways and garages — are sufficiently illuminated.
2. Increase Traction
If your home features non-carpet surface area, it’s important to be cautious while moving around. If you mop the area, place an indicator of a wet surface like grocery stores do. Consider adding rugs and hallway runners to reduce the risk of slipping. You should also put non-stick mats in your shower or bathtub.
Another easy way to increase traction is to put a shoe rack near entrances to prevent water from rain or snow from spreading around the home. If you or a loved one track in mud or water, clean it up promptly before an accident occurs.
3. Repair Quickly
Lightbulb burned out? Hanging exposed wires? Carpet coming up? These are all everyday things that need to be repaired in the home as quickly as possible. Allowing these (and other) hazards to remain in such a state significantly increases your family’s risk of injury. Though it may seem a pain, we guarantee that fixing these issues right away will keep you safer.
4. Remove Clutter
It’s a natural human tendency to want to acquire things and hold onto them. However, spaces that are full of stuff and cluttered are less safe than minimally-designed ones. Make sure that there is ample room for walking and that surfaces are free to hold onto if one is falling. It is especially important to ensure that all walkways, doorways, and stairs are free of items and furniture.
5. Invest in Safety Devices
Lastly, don’t hesitate to implement devices that are intended to increase safety. These include everything from guardrails, motion sensors, shower and step stools, stair treads, and more. It’s less critical how your home looks to visitors than it is to prevent injuries.
Help When Injury Does Occur
That said, if you or a family member does become injured at someone else’s residence, Hales & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation can help you file a personal injury case and collect needed compensation. Contact our Murrieta office today at (951) 489-3320 to schedule a free consultation with a trusted and experienced California personal injury lawyer.