As we head into the cooler months of the year, health experts are sending a reminder when it comes to falls and how to prevent them.
Healthy Tip Tuesday is brought to you by Trinity Hospital Twin City.
Falls ar common this time of year and even more so as we head into the winter months. Both in our older loved ones, ourselves, and even our children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all children ages 0 to 19 is falling.
We all want to keep our children safe and secure and help them live to their full potential. Knowing how to prevent leading causes of child injury, like falls, is a step toward this goal.
Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all children ages 0 to 19. Every day, approximately 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. This adds up to almost 2.8 million children each year. And, according to the National Council on Agin, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of non-fatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Falls result in more than 2.8 million injurie treated in emergency departments annually involving older adults including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
Thankfully, many falls can be prevented.
Key Prevention Tips for Children
Falls on the playground are a common cause of injury. Check to make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft, and consist of appropriate materials (such as wood chips or sand, not dirt or grass). The surface materials should be an appropriate depth and well-maintained.
Make your home safer.
Use home safety devices, such as guards on windows that are above ground level, stair gates, and guard rails. These devices can help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble.
Keep sports safe.
Make sure your child wears protective gear during sports and recreation. For example, when in-line skating, use wrist guards, knee and elbow pads, and a helmet.
Supervision is key.
Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment, whether you’re at home or out to play.
Key Prevention Tips for Older Adults and Everyone
- Clean up clutter. This is a simple, yet effective task. Remove the clutter from around your home such as stacks of books, clothes, etc
- Repair or remove tripping hazards. Take a look at every room and look for things such as loose carpet, slippery throw rugs, or wood floorboards sticking up. Then, repair or remove them.
- Light it right. Mke sure your homes will lit. Conder automatic nightlights for your hallways, bathrooms, and kitchens for example.
If a Fall still Occurs
Trinity Hospital Twin City is ready to help with a state of the arch physical therapy facility to help individuals of all ages.