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Tips on how to accident proof your home

As we grow older, the chances of falling and injuring ourselves indoors increase, often resulting in serious injury. The statistics are worrying: ‘The number of Indian older adults who are likely to fall ranges from 14% to 53%’.

One of the ways to prevent this happening, is to prevent falls at home. These safety tips will help to accident-proof your home:


Our kitchen needs to be safe so that we do not unwittingly cause a fire or spill hot food on ourselves. The kitchen should have:

  • Plenty of light especially near the cooking space
  • Non-slip rubber mats below the sink where it is likely to be wet
  • Remember to close all drawers after opening, so you do not trip over them
  • Pot handles should be turned away from you and not hanging over the edge of the gas stove. Preferably use pots with 2 handles
  • Keep items which are used regularly within easy reach. Do not stand on a stool to reach for Them
  • Heavy items should be at counter or waist level as either bending over or reaching high could strain your back
  • Don’t leave food unattended while cooking
  • Don’t wear very loose, synthetic clothing
  • Instead of glass utensils try to use unbreakable items


Bathrooms are danger zones as it is easy to slip on the wet and sometimes soapy floor.

  • Install grab bars in shower area and near water closet
  • Put non slip rubber mats in shower area, below wash basin and near water closet

Living Room and Bedroom

  • Avoid placing loose mats and rugs on the floor
  • There should be no sharp edges that jut out from furniture
  • Reduce clutter on the floor, with wide spaces between furniture
  • Flooring should be non-slip
  • Avoid rooms when floor is being mopped

General Safety Rules:

1.    Change electrical wiring in your home if it is more than 10 – 15 years old

2.    Switch off and unplug appliances when not in use

3.    Keep a small fire extinguisher handy and learn to use it

4.    Staircase should have railing on both sides and non-slip treads

By Anita Natu


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