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Holiday safety tips

Posted on November 12, 2013 by kim

Although seniors are especially vulnerable to falling, all age groups are at risk, particularly during the holidays. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season presents an increased chance of falling as people climb ladders or stools to reach decorations, hang lights, ornaments and other decorations.

Whole Home is here to help with holiday safety to prevent falls, adapted from the Centers for Disease Control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Falls Prevention Tips

• Recognize the possibility of falls.

• Use safe ladder practices.

• Use safer alternatives such as step stools instead of furniture when hanging decorations.

• Increase your awareness of seasonal fall hazards, like decorations on the floor.

Ladder Safety

• Make sure the ladder is on a secure and level footing before climbing.

• Space the base of the ladder one foot away from the wall for every four feet it reaches up.

• Stay centered between the rails of the ladder. Do not overreach—move the ladder.

• Do not stand on the ladder's top two rungs.

• To reach a roof, extend the ladder at least three feet beyond the edge of the roof.

• Keep the area around the top and bottom of the ladder clear.

• Make sure step ladders are securely locked open. Never use a folding step ladder when it is closed

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