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  Health Tip: Preventing Stairway Falls
Make sure stairs are well-lit and clear of clutter

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Stairways and falling down seem to go hand-in-hand, but there are things you can do to help keep you on your toes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these stairway safety tips:

  • Never let clutter pile up on stairs.
  • Repair any uneven, broken or loose steps.
  • Make sure a light is installed over the stairway with a switch at both the top and bottom. If the bulb is burned out and you are unable to change it, ask a friend or loved one to do it.
  • If your stairs have carpeting, make sure it is firmly in place, with no tears or loose spots.
  • Make sure handrails are secured to the wall on both sides of the stairs.

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