Stay Safe This Summer: Slips, Trips and Falls
Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, according to the National Safety Council. June is National Safety Month and a good time to review how you can avoid slips, trips and falls all year long.
Watch Where You Walk and Climb Ladders with Caution
- Ensure adequate lighting at your home both indoors and outdoors.
- Remove debris from exterior walkways.
- Periodically check the condition of walkways and steps, and repair damages immediately.
- Arrange furniture to provide open walking pathways.
- Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas.
- Always keep at least three points of contact with a ladder (two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand).
- A straight or extension ladder should be placed 1 foot away from the surface it rests against for every 4 feet of ladder height.
- Place the base of the ladder on a firm, solid surface.
- Do not use ladders outdoors in windy or inclement weather.