Keep Emergency Lights Handy
Uneven or unfamiliar footing is a prime cause of falls in the dark, and during an emergency even familiar surfaces can become treacherous. Keep a flashlight with extra batteries near your bed in case of a power outage. Also carry a small LED flashlight on your key ring. It's perfect for walking to and from the garage as well as in unfamiliar places like hotels and city streets. If you have a smartphone that includes a flashlight, use it. If your phone doesn't, there are many free flashlight apps available (but read the fine print about whether these apps may be able to access data from your phone once downloaded).
Night-Lights Inside and Out
Twenty percent of falls happen at night. Fatigue and alcohol can be contributing factors, but poor lighting also plays a role. You can easily make outdoor steps and walkways a lot safer by adding inexpensive solar-powered path, deck and porch lights.
Inside, line your hallway and stairs with LED battery-powered night-lights. The system shown is the PathLights Automatic Lighting System, which includes wireless LED lights that “communicate” with each other when they detect motion up to 6 ft. away. You can find a huge variety of LED battery-powered, motion-activated lights and solar-powered lights at home centers or by searching online.