Keep your home clutter and hazard free to prevent falls
It sounds simple, but if you are a parent, you know that keeping things clean at home can feel next to impossible - especially during seasons when we spend a lot of time indoors. Clutter, slippery floors and other household tripping hazards can cause serious injury. Following are some tips for reducing falls in your home:
Messy bedrooms are often a battleground between parent and child. It's a cliché but, "everything has a place and everything in its place," is a great rule to live by when it comes to a clutter-free household.
- Throw away toys that are broken and give away toys that get little use.
- With the help of your child, develop a system for storing clothing and toys that is easy for them to stick with.
- Basket and bin organizers are a simple way to keep belongings in order and off the floor.
- A clean floor significantly reduces the risk for trips and falls.
Bathrooms are full of falling hazards - especially slippery when wet.
- Get a grip on slips by installing grab bars in the tub and shower. Also, use non-slip mats or grip strips to prevent slipping and sliding in the shower.
- Dry off before stepping out. It might seem like common sense, but make sure your child is in the habit of drying off completely before stepping out of the shower.
- Bathroom floors are slick when wet, so always put a bath mat or rug down for traction.
- Talk to your kids about the importance of leaving the floor dry for the next person - before they leave the bathroom.
Common areas of the home tend to accumulate clutter quickly. Make an effort as a family to keep the clutter at bay by cleaning as you go and taking responsibility for your own mess.
- Tidy living rooms, hallways and stairways daily to ensure they are free of potential tripping hazards.
- Create a designated area for shoes, coats and backpacks. Have children place their belongings in this space right when they walk through the door.
- Try not to leave laundry baskets at the bottom of the stairs or laptop cords stretched across the room.
Video games, televisions and computers are popular ways kids pass time when bad weather strikes, but cords and cables can be a major tripping hazard.
- Secure wires and cords along the wall whenever possible.
- If, for whatever reason, a cord cannot be near a wall, secure it with a cable cover.
- Assign a place for kids to stash controllers and other accessories when game time is over.
Be a role model
It's hard to ask your kids to keep things clutter free if you leave a trail behind you. Your child is far more likely to listen when you tell them not to leave their belongings lying around if you keep your things neatly in place as well.
Unintentional or accidental injury remains the leading cause of death in ages 18 and younger in the United States. Research shows that, through education and awareness, many of these injuries are preventable. The Kohl's Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Program, a partnership between Kohl's Cares and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, provides valuable safety information for children, parents and caregivers. For more information, visit KohlsSafeandHealthy.com.