Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time. Many falls could be prevented by making simple changes.

For the past two weeks, we have looked at what we could do inside to make your home safer from trips and falls. This week, we will look safety measures you can take outside of your home.

•Poor outdoor lighting can increase your risk of falls. Make sure you have enough lighting at entrances, and on outdoor walkways. Use light bulbs that have the highest wattage recommended for the fixture.

•Install and use handrail along a stairs leading to entrances, etc.

•Be aware of and remove tripping hazards such as lawn furniture, lawn equipment such as water hoses, and small rocks, etc.

•During the winter, spread sand or salt on icy surfaces. Be sure to wear boots with good traction if you must go out when it snows. Better yet, don't take chances walking on icy or slippery surfaces.

Hancock County Health System's Rehabilitation Department will be hosting a seven-week program called Stepping On with the goal of preventing falls for the elderly. Classes start in September and there is limited room in the class. For more information about the program or fall prevention, call 641-843-5500.

Hancock County Health System's Rehabilitation Department will be hosting a seven-week program called Stepping On with the goal of preventing falls for the elderly. Classes start in September and there is limited room in the class.

For more information about the program or fall prevention, call 641-843-5500.

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