Betty Clooney Center: Serving Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury with TBISince 1983

Preventing Trips, Slips, Falls, and TBIs

Common Locations for Falls

Preventing Trips, Slips, Falls

Falls are the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries and one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States. Falls account for 40% of all TBIs in the United States and approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency department.

Falls disproportionately affect the youngest and oldest age groups. More than half (55%) of TBIs among children 0-14 years were caused by falls. More than two-thirds (81%) of TBIs in adults aged 65 and older are caused by falls.

Common Locations for Falls

  • Doorways
  • Ramps
  • Cluttered hallways
  • Areas with heavy traffic
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Areas prone to wetness or spills
  • Unguarded heights
  • Unstable work surfaces
  • Ladders
  • Stairs

Fall Prevention Tips

  • Clean up all spills immediately
  • Stay off freshly mopped floors
  • Secure electrical & phone cords out of traffic areas
  • Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats to keep them slipping
  • Keep frequently used items in easily reachable areas
  • Wear shoes with good support & slip resistant soles
  • Arrange furniture to provide open walking pathways
  • Keep drawers & cabinet doors closed at all times
  • Install handrails on all staircases on both sides
  • Remove tripping hazards from stairs & walkways
  • If you have young children, install gates at the top & bottom of stairs (unlatch the gate in order to pass - don’t climb over them)
  • Ensure adequate lighting both indoors & outdoors
  • Remove debris from exterior walkways
  • Adjust gutter downspouts to drive water away from pathways
  • Routinely check the condition of walkways & steps and repair damages
  • Never stand on a chair, table or other surface on wheels
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