It's estimated the one in three people age 65 or older falls each year. And these falls can have serious consequences.
Our news partners at Consumer Reports say falls - both indoors and outside - increase in the winter. Ice and snow are probably to blame for that.
But there are year-round hazards to watch out for and simple ways to reduce the risk.
Put grab bars in the tub and shower. Consumer Reports safety experts suggest having two: a vertical bar were you step into the tub or shower and another one that's horizontal or that slopes up toward the showerhead.
It's best to have a professional install the bars, so you know they're secure and will support your weight.
Wood and tile floors can be slippery. Consumer Reports says wall-to-wall carpeting with a thin pad is the safest.
Area and throw rugs are trip hazards unless they are secured to the floor with double-sided tape that goes all the way to the edges.
Lighting can prevent falls. You should be able to turn on a light as you enter a run. And it's a good idea to have lighted switches at the top and bottom of the stairs. Night-lights can also help.
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