It doesn't always happen to someone else. Speaking from experience, accidents at home happen and they can be quite severe. In the United States 6 people out of 100 will be injured or die this year as a result of a fall at home. As the population ages you know that is going to increase. There are a number of reasons for that besides the age factor. One is simply clutter...the grandparents never want to give away gifts from their family and sometimes tend to want to hold on to things that best be put away. My mother has a small wool area rug in her living room which represents an accident waiting to happen. Will she put it away...not likely. The regularly used items on the top shelf, the stairs that always have something on them and the high room to room transition points where hardwood meets carpeting are all examples accidents waiting to happen.
Have a look at the the article from our website about making your home safer. As well take a look at the Home Safety Council's excellent web site www.homesafetycouncil.org . Take the My Safe Home tour as well.
Hint - once past the introduction you need to click on the room names at the top.
All the Best -- Budd