By Pilar Wisor

Preventing Falls and Injury

Recognize and Fixing the Problem

Recognize the Problem

  • Be cautious for anything that could cause anyone-- infants, children, or even you-- a trip or fall.
  • Look out for furniture that needs to be pushed in or moved.
  • Check to see if clothes and shoes are the right size.
  • Make sure that small children are always attended, and are away from stairs.

Ways to Fix the Problem

  • If toys, books, shoes, or other items are on the stairs, remove the clutter.
  • If electrical cords, furniture, or toys are in traffic paths that could cause someone to trip or fall, clear the space.
  • If gates and doors leading to stairs are open close them.
  • If shoes or clothing items are too big, and may cause a child to fall, change them.