How to Prevent Falls Around Your Home During Winter

Friday, November 11, 2016

How to Prevent Falls Around Your Home During Winter

Taking some simple steps before a winter storm hits can reduce the risk of falls around your home.

With the National Weather Service reporting bone-chilling temperatures below 14 degrees Fahrenheit for one major city and massive amounts of snow affecting many others, safety is top of mind for many Americans. Preparing your home for snow and ice can help prevent the slips and falls that account for 300,000 serious injuries and 20,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Reduce the risk of falls by following some of these simple steps.

Indoor tips
Prepping the areas around the entryways of your home can help prevent the chance of a fall during the colder months.

Outdoor tips
Clearing walkways and treating the surfaces with salt or sand is key to preventing falls. Wooden porches, decks or steps have a tendency to become especially slick in winter. Be prepared with adequate supplies of salt and sand.

Long-term solutions
Before next winter rolls around, you can lower the slip factor by making some permanent changes to your home.