A slip-and-fall accident can occur anywhere in New York. When you are on other people’s property, there is only so much you can do to prevent a slip and fall. However, you have the power to prevent such accidents within your own home. This can not only help keep you safe but also prevent injuries to your guests.

Despite your best intentions, you may be unsure of what steps to take. The Centers for Disease Control offer a number of helpful suggestions to improve the safety of certain areas of the house.


Many people, especially older people, need to get up at least once in the night to use the bathroom. If the path is dark, it is easy to trip along the way. A nightlight that plugs into an outlet along the path is an easy and inexpensive way to ensure you can see where you are going without disturbing other household members.


Water can make bathroom surfaces slippery. At the very least, you should have self-sticking non-slip strips or a rubber mat in your shower or bathtub. It can also help to install grab bars around the toilet and bath areas.


You should make sure that your stairs are well lit, in good repair and free from clutter. Even one misplaced item on the steps could be a recipe for disaster. Make sure all toys, shoes and other objects get put away where they belong so they do not end up on the stairs.

The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.