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Preventing Falls and Protecting Home Safety With Smoke Alarms

Home safety is important for everyone, particularly the elderly and children who are more susceptible to falls. Taking proactive measures can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and falls within the household. One vital aspect of home safety is the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms. These devices serve as early warning systems, alerting occupants to the presence of smoke or fire and providing valuable time to evacuate safely. In addition to smoke alarms, several other measures can help prevent falls and enhance overall home safety. These include securing rugs and carpets to prevent tripping hazards, ensuring adequate lighting in hallways and staircases, and installing handrails in bathrooms and along staircases for added support. Clearing clutter and keeping walkways free from obstacles also contribute to a safer living environment. By prioritizing home safety and implementing preventive measures, individuals can protect their feet from the injuries that falling can cause. If you are seeking additional information about effective fall prevention techniques, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Philip Hahn, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Texarkana and, Pittsburg, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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