Falls can cause serious, often life-threatening injuries. Below are some tips from the Kansas Senior Press to make your home safer from falls.

Get rid of throw rugs or secure them to the floor.

Apply non-skid mats or appliques in bold, contrasting colors to the surface of tubs and showers.

Install grab bars and a shower chair in showers.

In closets, put your shoes on a shoe rack so you don't trip on them.

Arrange your furniture so there's a clear path for walking, and keep clutter out of pathways.

Avoid using furniture on wheels.

Mark all corners of your furniture with contrasting colored pillows or throws to keep you from bumping into them. Low coffee tables in the middle of the room are a typical tripping hazard.

Paint door sills, frames and door knobs in contrasting colors so they are more visible.

Avoid hanging decorations and plants from the ceiling, where your head could bump them.

Don't hang mirrors in places where the sun can cause blinding reflections and glare.

Clap on/clap off lights in the living room and bedroom will keep you from having to get up to adjust the lighting.

Close all cupboards and drawers after each use to avoid running into them.

Paint or mark the edges of cabinets, drawers and appliance doors with contrasting colors so they are visible if left open.

Keep commonly used items near you to avoid difficult reaching or use of a step stool. Avoid keeping frequently used items in a low cabinet that requires bending over.

Read next week for more suggestions about preventing falls.

Scheduled activities

Thursday: TOPS meet at 8:30 a.m. The art class meets at 10 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. We have been collecting baby wipes for our troops in Afghanistan. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, we will make greeting cards to send with the wipes.

Friday: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by STEPS at 10 a.m. A nurse is available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge begins at 12:45 p.m. On the first Friday of every month there is a covered dish dinner sponsored by the Finney County Senior Citizen Association. Bring a dish and join the fun which begins at 6 p.m.

Saturday: The Freedom Parade will be on Main Street. See you there. The pool room is open in the afternoon.

Sunday: Happy holiday.

Monday: The Senior Center and Finney County Transit are closed for the holiday.

Tuesday: Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m.

July 7: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:45 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature "The Calhouns." The recommended donation is $4 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Taco salad, Mexi-corn, tortilla chips, sherbet.

Friday: Pepper beef, steamed rice, diced tomatoes, wheat bread, rosy applesauce.

Monday: Senior Center is closed for the holiday.

Tuesday: Chicken enchilada pie, corn, broccoli, wheat roll, cherry crisp.

July 7: Salisbury steak, baked potato, tossed salad, cut tomatoes, muffin, fruited gelatin.