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Preventing Falls

Preventing Falls

The importance of fall safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2.8 million emergency room visits each year are related to childhood falls, while about 2.2 million adults ages 65 and over sustain injuries in falls each year. Most falls are not age-related and can often be prevented; however, age does tend to play a role in the type of fall. For instance, infants are more likely to fall from furniture, while older adults tend to fall more often due to tripping. Consider the following facts:

Reducing the risk of falling

As a person ages, the risk of falling becomes greater. Changes in vision and balance, coupled with other medical and physical conditions contribute to the increased risk. Certain safeguards should be taken to minimize the risk of falling, including:

Helping older adults to prevent falls

About 75 percent of all falls occur at home. Taking certain precautions and exercising to stay physically strong can prevent many falls. Precautions to take in the home include the following:

Helping children to prevent falls

Consider the following safety measures to reduce your child's risk of falling:

A warning about baby walkers

Baby walker-related injuries kill two children a year. More than 3,000 children a year are treated for baby-walker related injuries. Consider these statistics:

In addition to increasing the risk of falls down stairs, baby walkers give small children access to hot substances on tables and stoves, as well as poisonous substances. Based on these alarming statistics, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association for Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions have called for a ban of baby walkers. Alternatives to baby walkers that are more safe include the following:

Consult with your child's physician for more information.

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