Tips for Preventing Falls

If you have osteoporosis and are worried about falling and breaking a bone, take these steps to help avoid accidents:

1 Keep a flashlight by the bed for use at night. Check the batteries often.
2 Equip your bathroom with grab bars and other aids, such as night-lights.
3 Remove or firmly anchor rugs that may slide or bunch up and cause a fall.
4 Apply adhesive strips to your tub or shower floor.
5 Have good lighting in every room.
6 Make stairways safer with railings and nonslip surfaces.
7 Choose chairs and couches that are easy to get into and out of.
8 Keep electrical and telephone cords out of walking paths.
9 Be careful when walking on wet or icy surfaces outside at night, in poorly lighted areas, or near curbs.
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