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Protect Your Loved Ones with Home Fall Prevention

interior design tips for fall preventionWith the Fall season well underway, Americans are spending more and more time indoors, so now is a great time to focus on home fall (and slip and trip) prevention.

This is something that as an interior design company, the professionals at Leslie Schlesinger Interiors take into consideration when planning home interiors. While children under age 5 and senior adults over age 70 are the two highest risk groups for falls, family members and guests of all ages can “fall” victim to this silent threat.

According to The State of Home Safety in America™ survey conducted by the Home Safety Council, falls are by far the leading cause of unintentional home injury death, accounting for nearly 6,000 deaths each year, an average of 5.1 million injuries and an average of 3.8 million emergency room visits every year.

Here’s what you can do to prevent such an emergency.

Stairs can be one of the most dangerous areas in the home. Stairs should have full, sturdy handrails on both sides, from the top to the bottom, without any obstructions (always keep stairs clear of items). As stylish as that houseplant at the foot of your steps may be, it could be a serious hazard in the case of an unexpected fall. Inspect the steps to ensure that none are broken or uneven; if they are, have someone repair them as soon as possible. Also make sure that carpeting on the stairs is firmly attached to each step (not loose or torn). If carpeting is not firmly attached, remove it and attach non-slip rubber treads to the stairs. Install overhead lighting and light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs, and ensure that they stay in working order at all times (Continued…)

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