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Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

Paying Attention

​​​​​​​​​​​​In a fast-paced world, it is common to do many things at once. Sometimes we are deep in thought or in a hurry. When our attention is divided, we are less likely to notice what is going on around us.

Take Action

  • Keep your head up while walking and scan the area a few feet ahead of you. Avoid looking only at your feet.
  • Look for hazards. Watch out for cracks in the sidewalk, other people, newspaper boxes, pets and ice.
  • Pay close attention when you are in places you’ve not been before.
  • Plan the time when you do things:
    • If you have trouble seeing in the dark, take your garbage out in the daytime.
    • Plan outdoor travel when the weather is good.
  • Think about what you wear. Make sure your clothes do not drag on the ground. Wear supportive shoes.
  • Let the phone ring. Avoid rushing to answer it. It is easy to overlook hazards when rushing. The caller can leave a message or call you back. Consider having a cordless phone or cell phone near you to avoid rushing.
  • Let people wait if you are not ready to leave when they arrive. Your friends and family do not want to see you fall because you rushed.
  • Be attentive to the things you do a lot because sometimes we forget abo​ut where the hazards are.

To learn more about your risk of falling complete the “Is there a chance you might fall?” checklist.​

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Current as of: June 30, 2019

Author: Fall Risk Management Program