Avoiding accidents in the home
More accidents happen at home than anywhere else. There's a lot you can do to avoid them and to stay safe, for example:
- Make sure your carpets aren't worn, especially on stairs. Remove mats and rugs to reduce the risk of slipping and tripping.
- Have good lighting on stairs and in the bathroom, and emergency lighting in case of power cuts (torches and battery powered lamps, not candles).
- Do not overload plug sockets or have a tangle of trailing wires that could be a fire and trip hazard.
- Consider raising plugs to a more convenient height.
- Do not use step ladders without help - even better to get someone else to reach what you need.
- Make sure your slippers fit properly or wear comfy shoes that fasten instead - many accidents happen because of badly fitting footwear.
- Do not wear long night clothes as these are potential trip hazards.
Take a look at our falls prevention section for more information on preventing falls and what to do if you have a fall.
Also, visit the equipment, adaptations and technology section to see what may be available to help with avoiding accidents in the home.