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Publication #FCS2229

Fall Prevention: Home Safety Inventory 1

Linda B. Bobroff and Leigh Ann Martin2

Homes you've lived in most of your life can increase your risk for falls as you age. There are changes you can make to reduce risk of falling and keep your home a safe place for you to live in.

Use this inventory to find possible problem areas in your home. Circle yes or no for each item. Be sure to look at both pages. Skip any items that don't apply to you. If you answer "no" to any of the questions, make the needed change(s) as soon as possible.

Table 1. 

Windows and Doors

   

Are windows and doors easy to open and close?

Yes

No

Are door thresholds low and easy to step over?

Yes

No

Is there space to maneuver while opening and closing the door?

Yes

No

Does the front door have a peephole at the right height for you?

Yes

No

   

Floor Surfaces

   

Are all surfaces non-slip?

Yes

No

Are rugs and doormats tacked down?

Yes

No

Are floor level changes well marked?

Yes

No

   

Steps/Stairways

   

Do you have handrails on both sides of the stairway?

Yes

No

Are stair treads deep enough for your whole foot?

Yes

No

By reviewing these questions and making needed changes, you will make your home a safer place for yourself and others who live with you. Most falls occur in the home, so taking the time for a home safety inventory is time well spent.

For more information about fall prevention, look at our University of Florida IFAS Extension website, http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu, or check with your county Extension office. You can find your local Extension office in the blue pages of the telephone book or online at http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/map/. Ask your Extension agent if s/he is offering ENAFS educational programs related to fall prevention or other areas of interest to older adults in nutrition, food safety or health.

Footnotes

1.

La versión en español de este document es Prevención de Caidas: Inventario de Segurdiad en el Hogar (FCS2229Span). This document is FCS2229, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. First published: April 2005. Revised: April 2009.

2.

Linda B. Bobroff, Ph.D., RD, professor, and Leigh Ann Martin, MESS, RN, former assistant-in, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.


The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.