Safety in the Home

Document created by ssnider Employee on Jan 6, 2017
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Providing care in the home for someone whose physical or mental faculities are declining creates new and special safety needs.  A phone or bell near your loved one's bed would enable him or her to summon assistance. 


Prevent fires and burns

  • Use smoke alarms.
  • Don't smoke in bed or in a recliner.
  • Have an escape plan and practice it.
  • Post emergency numbers near your phone.
  • Use space heaters carefully.
  • Don't use the kitchen stove for heating the house.
  • Test water temperature before using.
  • Use stove carefully.
  • Store flammable items away from heat.
  • No open flames should be used within five feet of oxygen equipment. 
  • Install fire extinguishers.


Prevent electrical injuries


  • Cover unused outlets.
  • Do not use frayed or broken cords.
  • Do not overload outlets.
  • Do not use electrical equipment near water.
  • Follow all instructions for safe use of medical equipment.
  • Call for help if fuses blow or lights dim frequently.


Prevent slips and falls


  • Keep walkways and stairs free of clutter and cords.
  • Use handrails.
  • Remove or secure throw rugs.
  • Wipe up spills.
  • Utilize good lighting.
  • Know how to use mobility equipment safely (walkers or canes).
  • Use grips, tread, shower bench, or elevated toilet seat if needed in bathroom.
  • Assist the person when standing or walking.
  • Avoid slippery floors.
  • Sleep near the person who is ill. 

Poison prevention/medication safety


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Oxygen safety

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