Safety & Fall Prevention: Learn How to Fall
By: Alere Staff
We all fall down, but adult falls are far more serious. A big difference in falls between children and adults is, when children fall, they usually get up. Each year, 33% of adults age 65 and older has a fall.1 If you take warfarin, you are at increased risk for a serious bleeding event.
How to Fall the Right Way
Falls will happen no matter how careful we are. The best protection is to learn how to fall more safely. Your head and neck require the most protection against falls.
Reduce your risk of a more serious injury when you fall by knowing what to look for and have a plan. If you feel dizzy, are light-headed, seeing stars, have muscle weakness, blurred vision, nausea, or loss of balance:
1. Lean forward slightly so if there is a fall – you fall forward
2. Raise both your hands so they are in front of you for support
3. Slowly drop to one knee so you are already closer to the floor or ground
4. Keep your hands ready to brace your fall or simply sit down – call for help.
Enjoy the beach and pool more safely this summer with these safety tips:
- Always make sure you swim with a buddy.
- Wear water shoes while swimming or walking at the beach or pool. Shells and rocks can be sharp and pool surfaces can be slippery.
- All boaters and swimmers should use U.S. Coast Guard – approved life jackets.2
- Limit alcohol when swimming and boating as it may change your ability to see danger and put you at risk of drowning.2
- Don’t dive headfirst, protect your neck. Check for depth and obstructions before diving and go in feet first the first time.
- Be careful of rip tides and rip current warnings. Swim near lifeguards.
- Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.
- Use caution even when standing in shallow water in the ocean. Wave action can cause a loss of footing.
- Make sure rescue equipment, including a telephone, is near the pool and easily accessible at all times.
- Enter and exit pool using railings.
- Stay away from drain covers while swimming in a pool.
- Apply sunscreen often when swimming to protect from sunburn.
- Use pliers for baiting and unhooking fish.
- If someone is in trouble in the water, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available have someone call 911. Throw the victim something that floats – a lifejacket, cooler or inflatable ball.
Follow these safety tips and have fun in the water this summer!
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Medication Guide for Coumadin Tablets and Coumadin for Injection (Package Insert). Princeton, NJ. 2009.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts. November 29, 2012. Web. http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html. Assessed May 7, 2013.