Lowe's Home Improvement

Slip & Fall Safety Checklist

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You can help protect yourself from slips and falls, one of the most prevalent safety issues in homes today, with a few key changes to your home. Give your home a Lowe's Accessible Home Physical to determine some of the key areas that can improve overall safety and accessibility.

Tips and Tricks

  • Create level walkways with little or no slope around the house.
  • Do not have a raised threshold at the entry door, making it easier for wheelchairs, strollers, or rolling luggage.
  • Kitchen and garage workspace areas with knee space provide the option to sit while working.
  • De-clutter your home. Remove items on the floor, the stairs, and in high traffic areas.
  • Remove throw rugs or secure with anti-skid tape, as they can be a tripping hazard.
  • Clean up any spills immediately to avoid slipping.
  • Rounded edges on countertops help ease discomfort.
  • Build stair treads that are deep enough for the entire foot, ideally 10 - 11 inches.
  • Leave no open risers between steps.
  • If using dimmer switches, ensure they are set at a bright enough level to help visibility.
  • Place night-lights and lighted switches anywhere someone might need to walk in the dark. Pay special attention to guest rooms, because those sleeping there might not be familiar with the layout of your house.
  • In the event of a power outage, make sure that your home is equipped with flashlights so that you aren't stuck in the dark.
  • A sufficient number of available outlets prevent the need for extension cords.
  • Look for ways to complete household tasks from a seated position.
  • A table or open shelf and chair in the laundry area make it easier to sit and fold clothing.
What You May Need Where to Find It
Flooring Solutions

Use rug tape or non-slip rug pads to secure throw rugs indoors.


Choose tiles with greater texture to improve traction.


Low pile carpeting reduces chance of tripping and works best for those who require wheelchairs.


Anti-skid tread tapeused on outdoor stairs and garage floors helps prevent slipping on slick surfaces.


Heated tile helps people who are sensitive to cold stay more stable on their feet.


Ensure that transitions between rooms are as level as possible. Use transition strips to help smoothly connect different flooring solutions.

Stairs, Handrails, & Step Stools

Sturdy handrails on both sides of stairs, interior and exterior, help with balance and stability. Also, ensure the handrail runs completely from the top to bottom of the stairs and does not end short to prevent falling.

Building Materials

Installing handrails along hallways or in highly traveled areas can help individuals find the support they need to move throughout their day.

Building Materials

Step stools with integrated handrails provide additional support when you need to climb to reach higher places.

Home Organization; Hardware & Ladders

Stairs without carpeting reduce the risk of tripping, however if carpeting is necessary, use tight-weave carpet without padding.


Anti-skid tread tape on the front edge of steps in a contrasting color can help reduce slipping and adds a visual aid.

Electrical Cord Management

Use electrical cord covers specifically designed to help organize electrical cords, eliminate common trip hazards, and improve the appearance of your home.

Electrical & Lighting

Consider surge protectors to help manage large of numbers of electrical cords and enable you to keep cords out of high traffic areas.

Electrical & Lighting
Accessible Cabinets

Roll-under cabinetry allows accessibility from a wheelchair.

Kitchen & Bath

For a more accessible work or eating area, replace your old cabinets with new ones that offer pull-out tables.

Kitchen & Bath
Safer Bathing (Note: See the Safer Bathing Checklist for more detailed recommendations.)

Install grab bars or tub grips to aid with balance and stability.

Fashion Bath

Curbless or barrier-free showers are easy to get in and out of.

Fashion Bath

Use tub and shower seats to reduce the chance of slipping and to provide comfort for those who tire easily.

Fashion Bath

Tub mats are a quick way to help reduce the chance of slipping and falling in the tub or shower.

Fashion Bath
Accessible Sinks

Wall-mounted sinks offer greater access for those in a wheelchair.

Fashion Bath