Info You can Use: Home Safety Checkup
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Home safety becomes even more important with age. Poor eyesight and hearing can decrease awareness of hazards. Impaired coordination and balance can result in trips and falls. Simple, inexpensive steps can help you make sure that the person you are caring for lives in a safe environment.
KEEP HELP WITHIN REACH
- Post emergency numbers on or near the telephone.
- Keep a telephone close to the bed, and have lamps and light switches within reach.
- Consider an emergency monitoring device if the person you are caring for will often be alone.
- Smoke detectors should be properly located on each level of the home, including kitchen and sleeping areas.
- Illuminate all stairways, and place light switches at both the bottom and top of stairs.
- Use nightlights for trips to the bathroom and kitchen.
- Arrange furniture so there are no obstacles.
- Use only carpet that is tacked down. Get rid of throw rugs!!
- Replace or repair torn or frayed carpets.
- Use grab bars on the bathroom walls and non-skid mats or strips in the bathtub.
- Wear good shoes with nonskid soles.
- Keep the house free from clutter.
- Clear outdoor steps and driveways of snow, ice, leaves or trash.
ELECTRICAL & FIRE SAFETY
- Lamp, extension and telephone cords should be out of the flow of traffic, and out from beneath furniture, rugs and carpeting.
- Electrical cords should be kept in good condition, with no fraying or cracking.
- Make sure extension cords are not overloaded.
- Light bulbs should be the appropriate size and type for the fixture.
- Wear clothing with short or close fitting sleeves when cooking.
- Make sure smoke detector batteries are changed twice a year.
- Make sure you have an evacuation plan that includes anyone who needs help walking or is bedbound.
- Do not smoke or have open flames near oxygen that is being used or stored.