A Home Fall Prevention Check List - A NYS Department of Health Guidelines to Making Your Home Safe



When you walk through a room, do you have to walk around furniture? If so, move the furniture so your path is clear.

Do you have throw rugs on the floor? Remove or use doublesided tape or a non-slip backing so the rugs won't slip.

Do you have to walk over or around wires or cords (for lamps, telephones, or extension cords)? Coil or tape cords and wires next to the wall so you can’t trip over them. If needed, have an electrician put in another outlet.



Look at the stairs you use both inside and outside your home. Pick up things on the stairs and always keep objects off stairs. Fix loose or uneven steps. Have an electrician put in an overhead light at the top and bottom of the stairs (and a switch at the top and bottom as well!). Make sure the carpet is firmly attached to every step, or remove the carpet and attach non-slip rubber treads to the stairs; if handrails are loose have them repaired.



Look at your kitchen and eating area. Move items in your cabinets you use often onto lower shelves. Ensure your step stool is sturdy and has a bar to hold onto



If the tub or shower floor is slippery, put a non-slip rubber mat or selfstick strips on the floor. If you need assistance getting inor or out of your tub or up from a toilet, have a bar installed.



Make sure the light near the bed is easy to reach and turn on/off. Have a nightlight installed (or plugged) in to illuminate the path to the bathroom. 



Exercise makes you stronger and improves your balance and coordination. You’re your doctor or pharmacist check your medicines (even over-the-counter ones) so you know which may cause sleepiness or dizziness. Have your vision checked at least once a year by an eye doctor. Get up slowly after you sit or lie down. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.

The full brochure was originally designed and produced with support form Metlife Foundation and CDC Foundation, based on content by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The full guide in a PDF format can be found at www.health.ny.gov/publications/0641/.

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