Updated Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:48 am
The state's Department of Aging urges older Ohioans to remain alert to possible hazards that could lead to falls as spring and summer approach.
The department and the "STEADY U Ohio" initiative say potential hazards that could cause falls as temperatures warm can include rain and mud from winter thaw and spring storms, power outages, storm debris, flooding and heat-related illnesses.
The department says Ohioans also should look around their homes for common tripping and slipping hazards.
Department of Aging officials say falls are the number one cause of injuries leading to emergency room visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans ages 65 and over.
"STEADY U Ohio" is a falls prevention initiative led by Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Aging.