As winter sets in, it’s important to be mindful of the increased risk of falls in the home. Colder weather often means wearing slippers and socks for warmth, but these can sometimes contribute to slips and falls. Additionally, the use of extra heaters and their cords can create trip hazards.

The team at Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast has provided some tips on how to avoid falls and keep safe in your home this winter:

Choose Safe Footwear:

Opt for socks with non-slip grips or sturdy slippers with rubber soles to prevent slipping on hard floors.

Secure Heater Cords:

Keep heater cords neatly tucked away and secured along walls to avoid creating trip hazards.

Install night lights:

Place night lights in hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms to ensure clear visibility during the night.

Clear walkways:

Ensure that hallways, stairs, and commonly used paths are free from clutter and obstacles.

Secure rugs:

Use non-slip mats under rugs and in wet areas, or consider removing them if they pose a risk.

Handrails and grab bars:

Install handrails on both sides of staircases and grab bars in bathrooms near the toilet and inside the shower.

Position heaters safely:

Place heaters in areas where they will not be accidentally knocked over and keep them away from walkways.

Layer clothing:

Wear multiple layers to stay warm instead of relying solely on space heaters.

Follow these tips for avoiding trip hazards in your home and stay safe and warm this winter! If you or your loved one needs extra support or home modifications to enhance safety, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast.