Stay Safe tips
Moss, rugs, power cords, chairs and puddles - these are just 5 of the many things responsible for over 280,000 serious falls around New Zealand homes last year. Find out how to take action and Fight the 5 – you’ll see that it’s surprisingly easy to avoid injury and make your home a safer one.
Moss on outside steps, paths and decks can be very slippery.
- Waterblast, scrub or spray these areas with moss removal products
- Cut trees and shrubs back to prevent shade - conditions which moss thrives in
- Highlight step edges with painted strips
- Light any dim outside areas
- Build new decks with grooved timber
- When painting decks, use non-slip paint or a grit-additive.
2) Power Cords
Snaking power cords, telephone wires and general clutter are easy to trip over.
- Get them out of harm’s way with cord clips, quick-release power cords or multi-boxes
- Secure any loose cords or wires to the wall
- Tidy away general clutter, use baskets and other storage systems.
3) Rugs & Mats
Unsecured rugs and mats on floors and stairs can cause falls.
- Secure them with anti-slip tape or spray on a non-slip coating
- Use carpet grips for mats
- Repair damaged carpet on stairs If you’re buying a new rug, then look for one with a non-slip backing
- Wear shoes or slippers (rather than socks) on wooden floors.
Chairs aren’t ladders and are very unstable if you stand on them.
- Use a ladder or step-ladder to reach high objects
- Store heavy, regularly used objects down lower
- Use long-life smoke alarms and light bulbs so you don’t have to change them so often.
Wet areas are hazardous.
- Wipe up spills as soon as they happen with mops, sponges or cloths
- Use non-slip bath/shower mats
- Use floor mats to absorb any excess water Install handrails to assist getting out of the bath/shower
- If renovating, install non-slip flooring in wet rooms (bathroom, kitchen and laundry).