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Solutions for Preventing Trip and Fall Accidents: Installing Motion Sensor Lights and Handrails

Household dangers are lurking all throughout the home; and if you're a member of our senior population, the risks are even greater.

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Interior and exterior lights using motion sensors or photo cells can light the way to safety. Inside the house, place them in the frequently traveled paths at night; like between the bed and bathroom or on your way to the kitchen. Outside, replace the lights that require a flip of the switch with a motion sensor or a photo cell, so you're never caught in the dark upon returning home.

Decorative and bath rugs are attractive, but without proper backing or with backing that's worn down, they can be a slip, trip, or fall hazard. Check and make sure they still grip the floor, and if not, add a non-skid backing or toss them out.

Your home should already be equipped with working smoke detectors. Have someone check their functionality, batteries, and that they're clear of dust and debris. And while carbon monoxide is associated with the North, forgetting to turn your car off and closing the garage door can be a deadly combination. So look into installing a carbon monoxide detector or two, as well.

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Finally, put safety over vanity and be honest with yourself when it's time to install grab bars, handrails, non-skid strips and other safety features to help support you in the bathroom and while showering.

Some of these are easy fixes; others require a professional. Either way, always remember the expression, "Home is where the heart is, not where the hurt is."