Pick up after yourself and make others pick up too. Don’t leave random shoes, purses, boxes, etc., lying around the house on the floor. If you find them with your foot before you find them with your eyes, you’re going down. Unless that is, you’ve been doing your single leg standing and are quickly able to fight gravity and catch yourself before breaking your wrist…or something worse.
Don’t take your stairs for granted. I can’t tell you how often I see patients for injuries they sustained because they thought they were at the end of their staircase and stumbled down the last step. First of all, just put your hand on the bannister any time you’re on a stair case. Better yet, just hold on to that bannister. It doesn’t have to be a death grip. Just hold on. Secondly, turn the lights on when you go up or down stairs at night. Nighttime is usually when people miss that last step. But they also miss it when they’re carrying a bunch of bulky stuff down the stairs and the stuff just blocks their vision. Hello one more step!