SATURDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Make sure the holiday
season stays merry by taking steps to prevent fall-related head
injuries, says the American Association of Neurological
About 2.8 million children and 2 million people ageD 65 and
older are treated each year at U.S. hospital emergency rooms for
accidental falls, the AANS says.
The AANS offers the following tips for preventing falls during
the holidays and yearround:
- Secure loose electrical cords and pick up toys and other items
that may be on the floor.
- Use safety gates and install window guards. Keep chairs, cribs
and other furniture away from windows.
- Make sure you have adequate lighting in your home. Dim lighting
increases the risk of falls. Install night lights in halls and
bathrooms and keep a flashlight near your bed.
- Keep items in easy-to-reach places. Use step stools/ladders
only when absolutely necessary.
- Make sure ladders are stable and secure before using them.
- Wear proper shoes with slip-resistant soles. Do not walk on
slippery, freshly washed floors. Don't use floor waxes.
- Remove debris and ice from walkways, driveways, porches and
- Buy bath mats and rugs with slip-resistant backing and secure
- Install grab bars and indoor and outdoor handrails if you are
elderly or frail.
- Do not allow children to take part in activities that are
inappropriate for their age.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about
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