Clutter, wires, and throw rugs on the floor put you at risk of tripping, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Remove wires, cords and throw rugs from your floor, especially before the grandkids come over. If you do have area rugs, make sure they have skid-proof backing. Avoid using wax on bare floors. Check the floors in public areas and take steps to protect yourself on highly waxed floors.