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Cleaning out gutters as spring arrives has become a routine household chore in many parts of the U.S. An essential part of regular home maintenance, gutter cleaning can be labor-intensive because you have to set up a ladder and clean out the gutters manually. A lot of leaves, twigs, animal droppings and other debris accumulate in gutters, making a messy mix to clear out. This task can be cumbersome and aggravating as this muck can be difficult to remove.

Dangers Posed to Older Adults

Gutter maintenance can be dangerous, particularly for senior citizens and older adults who are at high risk for injury when climbing on ladders. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in adults aged 65 or older, according to Injury Facts 2016, a periodic report created by the National Safety Council. Falls can have serious consequences ranging from permanent body damage to hip fractures, broken bones, traumatic brain injury and concussions. In 2014, 20,400 people died from falls at home.

Solutions to Keep Your Loved Ones Safe

Despite the alarming statistics and risks associated with falls, there is some good news. You can prevent falls. Most falls actually occur within the home, so take steps to make your home or the home of someone you love safe.

  1. Install metal gutter guards. Installing gutter covers like Gutter HelmetĀ® ensures you do not need to get up on a ladder to clean out gutters, thus reducing the chances of a fall.
  2. Remove small furniture, electrical cords and clutter that cause people to trip and fall.
  3. Rearrange furniture to ensure that there is comfortable space for easy walking.
  4. Wipe up any spills right away.
  5. Keep outdoor areas well lit.
  6. Keep walkways free of ice.
  7. Add non-slip adhesive strips to stairs.
  8. Make sure carpets are affixed to the floor.

By following these tips and installing metal gutter guards like Gutter Helmet, you can keep your loved ones safe and avoid falls and injuries. Call us at (800) 824-3772 to install new gutter covers.