Ways to prevent dangerous falls

It's estimated the one in three people age 65 or older falls each year. And these falls can have serious consequences.

Our news partners at Consumer Reports say falls - both indoors and outside - increase in the winter. Ice and snow are probably to blame for that.

But there are year-round hazards to watch out for and simple ways to reduce the risk.

Put grab bars in the tub and shower. Consumer Reports safety experts suggest having two: a vertical bar were you step into the tub or shower and another one that's horizontal or that slopes up toward the showerhead.

It's best to have a professional install the bars, so you know they're secure and will support your weight.

Wood and tile floors can be slippery. Consumer Reports says wall-to-wall carpeting with a thin pad is the safest.

Area and throw rugs are trip hazards unless they are secured to the floor with double-sided tape that goes all the way to the edges.

Lighting can prevent falls. You should be able to turn on a light as you enter a run. And it's a good idea to have lighted switches at the top and bottom of the stairs. Night-lights can also help.

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