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3 Ways to (Not) Break Your Arm at Home

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02.01.13

Is your winter wardrobe feeling a little “blah” this year? One great way to spice things up is with a nice, colorful cast. They look great with scarfs and over-sized rings!

Just kidding. We don’t really recommend intentionally breaking a limb for fashion purposes. Actually, we want you to do the opposite: stay healthy! Here are three home-related activities that frequently lead to injuries (like broken bones) and three easy ways to avoid them.

1. Climbing a Ladder

There are more than 164,000 ladder-related emergency room visits in the U.S. each year. That’s more than three times the amount of people you can fit in Yankee Stadium! To keep yourself safe while you climb, always place your ladder on firm and level ground or flooring. Once it’s set up, check to see if the ladder sways or leans to one side. If it does, don’t climb on it! For more tips, read: Learn Ladder Safety.

2. Falling Through Staircase Balusters

This injury is common with babies and toddlers. To make sure that your stairs are safe for kids, we recommend the “tennis ball test.” If a tennis ball can fit between the balusters (also called spindles and stair sticks), a small child can also fall through that space, too. Also give your stair railing a good pull to make sure it’s not loose. If either your railing is wobbly or a tennis ball can pass through the balusters, consult a qualified handyman to fix the issue.

3. Slipping in the Shower

Shower injuries are scary and abrupt: One minute you’re scrub-a-dub-dubbing, the next you’re falling onto a hard tile or porcelain floor. Not good. To avoid them, place a non-slip, rubber mat on the floor of your shower. A grab-bar is also a smart addition if you have an elderly person in your household so they have something to hold onto when they enter and exit the shower. 

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