Sunday, October 31, 2010

The What If of Home Safety

When I first saw the injuries and death statistics attributed to household falls in the USA I was shocked. I knew that falls were the leading cause of injuries in the home but I had no idea that they were this high. Every year at least 20 million people are killed or injured due to falls at home.

As the population ages this number is going to go up unless we; especially adult children are actively involved. Take a look next time when you are at your parents home. Have a look at your own home too. Think the worst when viewing the inside and outside of the home...think what if, what if?

As we get older we tend to shuffle more much like waking up on a Monday morning and taking those first few steps. This 'shuffling' decreases the vertical distance between the front of our toes and objects in their path. What was unconsciously stepped over before is now tripped over.

As I mention on my website the Home Safety Council has a great educational video on making a home safer.

You matter - Be Safe.

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