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October 7, 2010

Prevent falls with simple home safety enhancements

According to the Center for Disease Control, during the course of a year 1 in 3 adults over age 65 experiences a fall. This is an alarming number, and even more shocking is the fact that for people over 65, falling is the leading cause of death! The consequences of a fall include fractures, lacerations and head injuries. Luckily, there are a number of ways we can reduce the chances and the severity of falls.

In the same article, the CDC recommends regular exercise to build and maintain leg strength as well as balance. Doctors can advise patients regarding their medications and any possible side effects which may increase the chance for a fall such as drowsiness or dizziness. Annual visits to eye care professionals are recommended to ensure there are no vision impairments. If impairments to exist, they can be detected early and treatment can begin immediately.

The most immediate method of practicing fall prevention is to increase the safety of the home environment. Reducing tripping hazards, clearing walkways, and improving lighting are all great ways to do this. Adding grab-bars and non-slip mats around the house are wonderful preventative measures.

Our selection of grab bars accommodates all needs and locations, from the bathroom to the kitchen. Click on any one of the pictures below to find out more!

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Grab Bar from firstSTREET

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Grip Alert Tub Bar from firstSTREET Online

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Bath Safety Grip - Long

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Bath Safety Grip - Regular

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. How much more preventative can you get than ensuring the safety of your walking surface? Our new Air Flex Comfort mat integrates the safety of a non-slip mat with the comfort of a running shoe. This mat features the same air-infused domed design used in commercial floor mats, such as those used by cashiers at the grocery store. The same safety and technology is now available at home with this National Floor Safety Institute approved mat! Comes in blue, green, and tan.

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Air Flex Comfort Mat from firstSTREET

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Air Flex Comfort Mat from firstSTREET

We also carry non-slip microfiber bath mats, an excellent fusion of form and function.

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Microfiber Bath Mat from firstSTREET Online

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Microfiber Bath Mat from firstSTREET Online

As winter nears, it is never too soon to think about keeping safe on ice or in snow. To prevent outdoor falls, we carry a variety of products, such as the snow/ice rollout carpet. This mat makes it easy to walk on ice and snow, without lifting the shovel!

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Snow & Ice Carpet from firstSTREET Online

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Snow & Ice Carpet from firstSTREET Online

For the prevention of falls, quality footwear is a must. Our large selection of shoes provide support and comfort while maximizing traction. We have many varieties of tennis and running shoes, in lace up and Velcro versions. Speaking of traction, you can’t get much more than with our Ice Trax Pro, the slip-on grip devices which increase the effectiveness of your winter footwear. Click on the images below to find out more!

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Icetrax Pro from firstSTREET Online

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Spira Trainer Shoes from firstSTREET Online

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Men’s Spira Walking Shoes from firstSTREET Online

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Spira Casual Walker (Women’s)

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2 Comments
  1. Great information. Falls are the leading cause of injuries for seniors and so critical in making the home preventative for these kinds of accidents that can be avoided. Great stuff. Reposted on fb ….Thanks

  2. All right. You’ve sold me. That snow/ice rollout carpet looks great. I think shoveling snow can be good exercise, if you’re able, but black ice? Not so much.

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