Safety Checklist for the Home

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Safety Checklist for the Home

These safety tips can help your loved one remain safe at home for as long as possible. Some home safety improvements can be made easily. Others may require the help of a professional.

  • Install shelves, counter tops and other storage containers within easy reach-especially for items used every day. Check that shelves are well secured to the wall and items placed on them are stable. Remove step stools and ladders from the house if they might be used inappropriately.
  • Consider ramps for easy access for individuals with walkers or wheelchairs.
  • Remove unnecessary furniture. Cover sharp edges of furniture to prevent injury.
  • Check that interior doors are not easily locked accidentally. Keep lock-opening tools handy for bathroom doors. Consider installing and activating an alarm system to alert residents to an intruder.
  • External locks should be easy to latch and provide adequate protection from intruders. Make sure that spare keys are distributed to friends or neighbors who can help gain access to the house during an emergency.
  • Be sure the volume of the doorbell is adequate. For those with a hearing impairment consider an alternative such as a flashing light indicating someone is at the door.
  • Windows should open easily and not fall shut accidentally. Sliding doors should open easily and have visible decals on glass panels. If the track for a sliding door poses a fall risk the door should be removed or replaced.

Read all the Home Safety Checklists: Fall Prevention, Lighting, Bathrooms, Kitchen, Telephones, Building, Medications, Fire Protection, and Weather.

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