Simple slip and stumbles cost the region more than $6 million a year in hospital care alone, plus home nursing and therapies.
In the year 2000, 604 people were hospitalized for fractured hips for an average of 13.8 days each.
Elderly people are most at risk of hurting themselves on stairs and more than 100,000 are treated for injuries every year. Of these, more than half end up in the hospital with serious injuries.
Stairs are the place where most deaths and serious injuries happen in the home.
It is a tragedy that a simple fall down stairs can take the lives of over 1,000 people every year and seriously injure thousands of others.
More falling deaths result from stairs and steps, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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Tri-City News & BBC News