Snow and ice are common falling hazards during this time of the year, but outdoor falling dangers are not just limited to the winter. It might not look like it outside yet, but spring is less than a month away, so it’s not a bad idea to start thinking about those spring cleaning projects while at the same time taking the time to do things to prevent falls as well!
Here are some other common places where falling is a risk:
- Uneven surfaces: steps, driveway, sidewalk.
- Inadequate lighting around the home, especially on the porch, in the driveway and around the stairs.
- Cluttered porches and walkways.
- Defective or broken outdoor furniture.
- Overgrown tree roots, fallen tree branches, and generally unkempt premises.
These are all things that can be dealt with by a handyman or a handy family member.
Some other ideas for around the house: consider having an automatic garage door opener because even bending over to lift a heavy garage door can be a falling hazard! Stairs are also very important to elderly safety – they should be kept in good condition and repaired promptly. Make sure all steps are even and easy to see. Keep your driveway, porch, deck and stairs around the home free of any clutter and debris. Outside furniture should be placed outside of the walkway and thrown out when they break. Sitting in a bad chair that collapses underneath you is nearly as bad as falling!