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Fall Prevention: How to Handle a Fall1

Leigh Ann Martin and Linda B. Bobroff 2

Follow these steps to decrease the chance of further injury after a fall.

Do Not Panic

After a fall, panic is often the first reaction. It is important to stay calm so you can think clearly and get help fast.

Check for Injuries

If you think you may have a broken bone or other injury, do not get up. Yell for help or crawl to the telephone and call for help.

Get Up If You Can

If you can get up, do so slowly. Here is how to get up safely:

Roll Over onto Your Side



Crawl to a Chair



Pull Yourself Up



Turn and Sit Down



Make a list of phone numbers of people you can call in an emergency. Keep the list by the phone. If you need help immediately, call 911.

These videos demonstrate how to get up from a fall:,























1. This document is FCS2233 (la versión español de este documento es Prevención de Caídas: Como manejar una caída (FCS2233-Span)), one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date April 2005. Revised October 2011. Reviewed October 2017. Visit the EDIS website at
2. Leigh Ann Martin, MESS, former ENAFS nutrition educator/trainer; and Linda B. Bobroff, PhD, RDN, professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

Publication #FCS2233

Date: 10/24/2017

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