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Home Safety Evaluation Tips

Home accidents are a major cause of injury and death, especially for those over 60. As people grow older, they may be less agile and their bones tend to break more easily. A simple fall can result in a disabling injury. All patients need to take special precautions to ensure a safe living environment.

Most accidents in the home can be prevented by the elimination of hazards. Use the following checklists to determine the safety level of your home. Check each statement that applies to your home or to your habits in your home. Then review the unchecked boxes to determine what else you can do to make your home a safer place to live.

GENERAL HOME AND FIRE SAFETY

• Emergency Phone numbers are posted by each telephone.
• Outside doors are kept locked at all times. Do not open the door to any unfamiliar face. Ask for identification and call someone to verify who they are.
• Door to door salesmen are not let into your home. They are asked to come back when a friend or family member will be with you.
• Valuables that may be easily stolen are kept out of sight.
• Telephone and television solicitations are not accepted. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
• Household maintenance (painting, roofing, etc,) is scheduled with a reputable company. Have a friend or family member assist you.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

• Electrical appliances and cords are clean, in good condition (not frayed) and not exposed to liquids.
• Electrical equipment bears the underwriters Labs (UL) label.
• An adequate number of outlets are located in each room where needed. There are no “octopus” outlets with several plugs being used.
• Electrical outlets are grounded.
• Lighting throughout the house/apartment is adequate.
• Burned out lights are replaced.

PREVENTING FALLS

• Stairways and halls are well lighted.
• Night-lights are used in the bathroom, halls and passageways.
• A flashlight with good batteries or a lamp is within easy reach or your bed.
• Throw rugs are removed or have a nonskid backing and are not placed in traffic areas.
• All clutter is cleared from the house, especially from pathways.
• Electrical and telephone cords are placed along walls - not under rugs - and away from traffic areas and do not cross pathways.
• There are no step stools without high handrails.
• Handrails are used on stairs and securely fastened.

• Stairways and halls are well lighted.
• Night-lights are used in the bathroom, halls and passageways.
• A flashlight with good batteries or a lamp is within easy reach or your bed.
• Throw rugs are removed or have a nonskid backing and are not placed in traffic areas.
• All clutter is cleared from the house, especially from pathways.
• Electrical and telephone cords are placed along walls - not under rugs - and away from traffic areas and do not cross pathways.
• There are no step stools without high handrails.
• Handrails are used on stairs and securely fastened.

KITCHEN SAFETY

• Stove and sink areas are well lighted.
• Curtains are kept away from the stove and other open flame areas.
• An exhaust hood with filters is provided and exhaust fans are turned on when cooking.
• Kitchen exhaust system discharges directly outside.
• Adequate counter space is available to keep you from lifting or carrying.
• Counter space is kept clean and uncluttered.
• Pan handles are turned away from burners and the edge of the stove.
• Hot pan holders are kept near the stove.
• Microwave oven is operated only when food is in it.
• Heavy items are not stored above your easy reach.
• Cooking on high heat with oils and fat is avoided.
• Clothing with loose sleeves is not worn when cooking.
• Refrigeration and proper storage is used to avoid food poisoning.
• Perishable foods are kept refrigerated and periodically checked for freshness.
• Kitchen appliances are turned off when they are not being used.

BATHROOM SAFETY

• Bathtub or shower has a non-skid mat or strips in the standing area.
• Bathtub or shower doors are glazed with safety glass or plastic.
• Grab bars are installed on the walls by the bathtub or toilet.
• Towel bars and the soap dish in the shower are made of durable materials and firmly installed and are not used as grab bars.
• Electrical appliances (radio, TV, heater) are kept away from the bathtub or shower area.
• The water heater thermostat is set below 120 degrees F to prevent accidental scalding.
• Night-lights are used to brighten the way to the bathroom at night.


HAZARDOUS ITEMS AND POISONS

• Care is used in storage of hazardous items. They are stored only in their original containers.
• You know how to contact your poison control team.
• Products that contain chlorine or bleach are not mixed with other chemicals.
• The risk of insecticides is understood. They are only bought for immediate need and excess is stored or disposed of properly.
• Hazardous items, cleaners and chemicals are kept out of reach of children and confused or impaired adults.
• Household trash is disposed of in a covered waste receptacle outside the home.

OUTSIDE AREAS

• Steps and walkways are in good condition and free of objects.
• Porches, balconies, terraces and other elevations or depressions are protected by railings or otherwise protected.
• The garage is adequately ventilated.
• Large trees are healthy and have no dead limbs.

MEDICATION SAFETY

• Medications are never taken that are prescribed for someone else.
• All medications are written down and the list shown to your doctor or pharmacist to keep from combining drugs inappropriately. If there are any changes, they are added to the list immediately.
• You know the name of each of your medicines; why you are taking it; how to take it and its potential side effects.
• Medication side effects are reported to your healthcare provider.
• Medications are taken exactly as instructed.
• Alcohol is NOT used when you are taking medicine.
• Medicines are not stopped or changed without your doctor’s approval, even if you are feeling better.
• A chart or container system (egg carton or med-planner) is used to help you remember what kind, how much, and when to take medicine.
• Your medicine is taken with a light on so you can read the label.
• Medicine labels are read carefully and medicines are kept in their original containers.
• Medications are stored safely in cool/dry place according to instructions on the label of the medication.
• If you miss a dose, you do not double the next dose later.
• Old medications are disposed of safely by flushing them down the toilet or disposed of as directed.
• Medicines are kept away from children.

 

 

 

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