Approximately one in three people over 65 have a fall at least once a year* at the other end of the scale, according to a 2013 survey, falls are the most common cause of injury in every age group for children.**
With these statistics in mind, First Aid For You is presenting their safety tips and advice for slip and fall prevention.
For many people, especially during colder, wetter months, when the ground is slippery, slips and falls can occur more frequently.
For most, their initial reaction is to try and get back up as soon as possible. You should keep still for a few moments before moving.
Should you find that you can’t get up, call out for assistance. If you are able to get up, make sure you notify someone of your fall, as you may suffer some consequences at a later stage, which may include delayed concussion, nausea and vomiting.
Children are much less likely to receive injuries that lead to long-term health conditions or disability as a result of a fall.
However, if you’re at all concerned your doctor or pediatrician is the best person to ensure that everything is okay but for serious falls, always call triple 0.
If you should slip and fall with a child or baby in your arms, remain calm.
It’s important that should you fall while carrying your baby or child, do NOT panic. Firstly make sure you’re okay.
Then check on the welfare of your child. The two of you may be rattled and may even have a few cuts or bruises. The most important thing is to remain calm so your child is calm, then to take appropriate steps, including seeking medical assistance.
Tips for fall prevention:
- Remove any trip hazards, these include children’s toys from the ground, rugs that could move suddenly and extension cords.
- Have bright lighting, inside and outside your home especially during winter months, when it becomes darker sooner. We all think we know the way around our homes – this is when serious accidents can occur.
- Remove any moss from driveways, balconies and play areas.
- Have “grab bars” and non-slip mats installed in your bathroom.
- If you’re out exercising, ensure your laces are tied up tightly. Take care on downhill descents and keep your head up at all times – so you can see what’s ahead of you.
- For the elderly a personal alarm system is highly recommended especially for those living on their own.
More information can be found at First Aid For You.