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Protecting Ourselves from Slips, Trips and Falls
In 2007, more than 21,700 Americans died as a result of falls and more than 7.9 million were injured by a fall including over 1.8 million older adults who had a fall-related injury that resulted in an emergency room visit. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among older adults 73 and older and the second leading cause of death from ages 60-72. The links below can help you protect yourself and your loved ones from falls. To prevent falls:
  • Stay fit and flexible. Maintain your physical strength to improve your balance to prevent falling
  • Remove tripping hazards from indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Secure electrical cords and scatter rugs
  • Check for slippery substances on walkways and stairs
  • Make sure walkways are well lit and clutter free                                                                                                                                                            

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Related products

Injury Facts® 2009 is the council’s annual compilation of data on fatal and nonfatal unintentional injuries that occur in the workplace, on streets and highways, and in homes and communities. The 2009 edition brings you updates on the latest injury trends and statistics, plus some all-new categories.
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Be prepared if a friend, acquaintance, or someone in your family falls. Simple steps can be taken to prevent further injury. Learn more, Emergency Care and CPR


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