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  Stair safety to prevent falls
Locks, fire safety, storing dangerous items prop- erly — these are things
that likely come to mind when you think of home safety for your family. However, there’s one thing in your home that everyone uses daily that pos- es a huge threat: stairs.
“You may never think of safeguarding your stairs, but falls are the No. 1 reason for emergency room visits,” said Thom Disch, author, fall prevention expert and own- er of Stop the Slip anti-slip products.
Every second of every day, an adult age 65 or old- er suffers a fall in the United States, according to the Cen- ters for Disease Control and Prevention. This makes falls the leading cause of injury and injury death in this age group.
“Falls are a big concern as you age, but remember that 75% of falls happen to people under the age of 68,
so it’s really a concern for everyone, from infant to el- derly,” adds Disch.
Slipping and falling on stairs can dramatically alter someone’s quality of life be- cause injury can be painful and recovery complex. To help protect your family, con- sider these stair safety tips.
Start by looking at all in- door and outdoor stairs for repair needs. Nails and screws should be flush with the surface. Boards should be strong without cracks or breaks, evenly spaced and level. Concrete and other
materials should be free of divots and debris. Make re- pairs if necessary to prevent trips and falls. Additionally, remove all clutter from stairs, even if decorative.
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