Home Safety Tips For Avoiding Injury
HOW TO AVOID FALLS
Arrange furniture so that crossing a room is not like maneuvering through an obstacle course.
Place electrical cords away from walking areas.
Walk at a safe speed.
Keep the hems of trousers and skirts at a safe length to avoid catching your feet in them.
Install handrails on all stairs or steps.
Use nonskid mats for bathtub and bathroom floor.
Install handrails for the shower and bathtub.
Have sufficient lighting in all hallways and stairwells. Keep a light at your bedside and a night light in
the bathroom. Repair or replace loose boards and worn floor coverings.
Avoid storing boxes, tools or other objects in walkways or stairways.
Wipe up spills immediately.
Keep items you use regularly within easy reach.
Wear low-heeled, well-fitting shoes that provide good traction.
HOW TO AVOID BURNS
Always assume that anything left on top of the stove is hot. Use dry mitts or pot holders to move pots, pans or cooking utensils.
Keep utensils away from burners.
Avoid having handles sticking out beyond the stove’s edge. Place all handles inward.
Make sure your water heater temperature is low enough (120 F)
Avoid handling hot dishes from the dishwasher.
Keep grease from building up on a fryer or frying area.
When using a fryer, be careful not to overfill it.
Never smoke in bed.
Avoid wearing loose-fitting or flammable clothing when cooking. Bathrobes, nightgowns and pajamas can easily catch on fire.
Install smoke detectors in every bedroom and major area of your home.
Replace frayed or worn electrical cords.
Keep space heaters where they can’t be knocked over, away from furniture, curtains and rugs.
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