Someone who has difficulty walking up porch steps or getting around because their knees are weak or sometimes give out can get seriously injured in a fall. Increased difficulty may occur with the inability to see well at night or with the focus on, it is light out therefore where each step is taken can be seen. “I can see where I’m going so I won’t fall.”
The latter “I can see where I’m going” can be from leaving on one’s porch lights to see or from other porch lights. The moonlight may give rise to a feeling of seeing better in the dark. The lights can personify a sense of safety.
Being careful not to slip and fall is reliant on paying attention but other people that are around can distract attention and divert safety such as a neighbor, friend or relative. Attention may be on the conversation, what the other person is saying or where the other person is and what they are doing.
Prevention of a fall could be as simple as staying focused in the moment on you. If there is no immediate danger in the neighborhood or its surroundings, there is no threat, when walking up steps do not pay attention to the person around you, pay attention to you, where you are going and placing each foot with each step.
If a foot collides with the wrong thing as it is being lowered down it might just roll away in the case of stepping onto a stick or small rock. The flighty presence of leaves might once again take lift off if the foothold doesn’t hold. The foot itself may latch onto the other leg and send one crashing down.
No slip bath mats placed on each stair can aid in the prevention of falls when going up the steps.
Clearing leaves, sticks and small rocks off of steps and keeping them off, as they try to reestablish a home on the porch steps, allows a view of what’s below.
Leaving the porch lights on will enable one to see better and where they are stepping but attention to where each foot is placed should be given, to help prevent slip and falls.
If you leave your porch lights on avoid looking directly into the light. The reaction may be similar to a deer caught in headlights, the light may temporarily blind you or throw your vision off. If you are coming in from the dark into light the light can cause you to be thrown off balance.
You can experience what this feels like. For instance, if you have a night-light on in the bathroom and you get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom along the way you may find it difficult to walk and maintain your balance just following the light.