Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

25. What can I do to prevent falls outdoors?

Be careful when walking outdoors. Slipping on a slick sidewalk, a curb, or icy stairs could result in a disabling fracture or other injury.

To help prevent falls outdoors at home, you should

  • have handrails installed on both sides of outdoor stairs and walkways
  • light stairs and walkways
  • ask someone to spread sand or salt on icy surfaces
  • wear shoes or snow boots with traction when walking on slippery surfaces.