According to the National Safety Council, Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency department annually. In this blog post we would like to take a few minutes to draw attention to this growing problem and pose some simple preventative measures to assure your families risk of accidents stay at a minimum.
Most would be surprised the number of fall deaths among those 65 and older is four times the number of fall deaths among all other age groups.
We usually know of a friend or relative who has fallen, or maybe you’ve fallen yourself. Falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in homes and communities, resulting in more than 25,000 fatalities in 2009. The risk of falling, and fall-related problems, rises with age and is a serious issue in homes and communities. Take the time to remove slip, trip and fall hazards to keep your family safe.
Slip and Fall prevention Tips from the NSC:
- Secure electrical and phone cords out of foot traffic areas
- Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats to keep them from slipping
- Remove tripping hazards (paper, boxes, toys, clothes, shoes) from stairs and walkways
- Periodically check the condition of walkways and steps, and repair damages immediately
- Never stand on a chair, table or other surface on wheels
- Clean up all spills immediately and completely with proper cleaning solutions
It’s important to know that property owners or store operators are responsible for maintaining their premises in a safe condition, their failure to do so will entitle you or someone you know to recover for the injuries.
Tip: If after you are injured do not give a statement to anyone, as the sole purpose of obtaining these statements is to either defeat or to lessen the value of your claim.
Contact us for a free consultation about any related slip and fall accident, we want to make sure you know your rights.slip and falls