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  • Holiday Fall Prevention

    Barrow Neurological Institute is reminding you to pay attention to fall prevention during the holidays.

    It is estimated that there are approximately 250 decorating-relating injuries a day during the holiday season. Falls from ladders and other holiday-related accidents can be deadly or cause debilitating brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

    Safety Tips

    1. Don’t climb alone. Never climb a ladder without someone else there to watch or help. However, only one person should be on the ladder at a time unless it’s specifically designed for two people.
    2. Don’t drink and remove decorations.
    3. Be firm. Set up the ladder so that it’s on a firm and level foundation. Avoid slippery and unstable surfaces. Space the base of the ladder one foot away from the wall for every four feet of ladder height. Make sure the ladder is in good working condition, with no loose or missing parts.
    4. Take your time. Never rush while removing holiday lights and decorations. Take the time to ensure you’re following all safety precautions.
    5. Be afraid of heights. Don’t stand above the fourth rung from the top of an extension ladder or three rungs from the top of a stepladder.
    6. Be aware of children. Keep kids away from ladders.
    7. Don’t slip. Wear shoes with non-slip soles, like running shoes. Keep the steps and rungs of the ladder free of water and other slippery materials.
    8. Avoid furniture. Avoid standing on chairs, couches, or other furniture when hanging holiday decorations. Always use a proper stepstool or stepladder.
    9. Lock it open. Always open a stepladder completely and make sure the spreader is locked open before using the ladder.
    10. Follow the “3-Point Rule.” Always have three points of contact while on the ladder (two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand). Grip the rungs to climb – not the side rails.

    About Barrow Neurological Institute
    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.