Number 2 – Don’t fall
Okay, this may not be an exciting category, but falls are a huge problem, especially for the elderly. Falls are the most likely cause of injury for those over age 65. Hang glider accidents are a close second. Kidding! If you know anyone who is unsteady on their feet, they should have a home safety evaluation right away to look for all the possible places they could fall down. Stairs, throw rugs are notorious.
Now if you think just because you’re not a senior, and pretty healthy, that you are immune to the plague of falls sweeping our nation, think again! We see healthy people all day long that have fallen off decks, down stairs, jumping out of trucks, climbing fences, off ladders, etc. I had a firefighter fall off a ladder from 15 feet up because he had the feet set on a smooth, slippery concrete, and no-one was holding on for him. Dumb! If he was saving a life at the time, I could forgive it, but he was just cleaning out rain gutters.