East Lake Fire Rescue

Fall Prevention Tips

Exercise regularly

  • Build strength and to improve your balance/coordination. Ask your doctor about the best physical exercise for you.

Take your time

  • Get out of chairs slowly. Sit a moment before you get out of your bed. Stand and get your balance before you walk.

Be aware of your surroundings

  • Keep stairs and walking areas free of electrical cords, shoes, clothing, books, magazines, and other items.

Improve the lighting in and outside your home

  • Use nightlights or a flashlight to light the path between your bedroom and the bathroom.
  • Turn on the lights before using the stairs.
  • Stairways should be well lit from both the top and the bottom.
  • See an eye specialist once a year—better vision can help prevent falls.

Be aware of uneven surfaces indoors and outdoors

  • If you must have scatter rugs, make sure they lay flat and do not slide when you step on them.
  • Smooth out wrinkles and folds in carpeting. 
  • Be aware of uneven sidewalks and pavement outdoors.
  • Ask a family member or friend to clear ice and snow from outside stairs and walkways and always use hand rails if available. Step carefully.​
  • Have easy-to-grip handrails installed along the full length of both sides of the stairs.

General Tips

  • Wear sturdy, well-fitting, low-heeled shoes with non-slip soles. They are safer than high heels, thick-soled athletic shoes, slippers, or stocking feet.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors
  • Have grab bars installed on the wall next to the bathtub, shower, and toilet. Wipe up spilled liquids immediately.