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Home Safety is No Accident

Reprinted from The Complete Eldercare Planner

Senior Helpers wants to help ensure that your home is safe. Use the following checklist to make the home a safe place to live. 

Throughout the Home

Electric cords are properly plugged in and safely tucked away
 Extension cords aren't overloaded
 Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are present and have fresh batteries
 Electrical outlets aren't warm to the touch
 The home is well-lit - inside and outside
 Night lights are present in hallways, stairwells, bedrooms and bathrooms
 Electric heaters are placed away from curtains, rugs and furnishings
 Electric appliances are a safe distance from water
 Fireplace chimneys are clear of accumulation and checked yearly
 Light switches are present at the top and bottom of stairs
 Light switches are located near room entrances
 Stairwells are well-lit
 Stairways are free of objects
 Stair handrails are present and sturdy
 Stairs are marked for visibility with contrasting tape
 Steps are even and uniform in size and height
 Floors aren't slippery or highly polished
 Carpeting, linoleum and plastic stair treads are secure
 Carpets do not have holes or snags
 Carpet edges are securely fastened
 Water temperature is reduced to prevent scalding
 Water faucets are clearly marked hot and cold
 House smoking rules are established
 Rope ladders are available on upper levels
 Furnace is checked yearly
 Room furniture patterns permit easy access to doors and windows
 Rooms are free of floor clutter
 Stairs and pathways are free of objects
 Drawers, doors and windows open and shut easily
 Flashlights are available in every room
 Glow tape is stuck on key items to identify them in the dark
 Cleaners and poisons are clearly marked
 Step stools are sturdy
 Window and door locks are secure and operating
 Medications are properly stored and usage instructions are written down
 A first aid kit is available and contains up-to-date supplies.

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In the Kitchen

 Dishes and food are stored on lower shelves
 Towels and curtains are kept away from the stove
 Lighting is sufficient over stove, sink and countertops
 Radio and electric appliances are a safe distance from the sink
 "Off" indicators on stove and appliances are clearly marked with brightly colored tape
 A telephone is in the kitchen
 Emergency telephone numbers are displayed near the telephone and on the refrigerator
 A fire extinguisher is in easy reach and in working order
 Whistling teakettles and food timers are in use
 Food is properly stored in the freezer
 No expired food is in the refrigerator or cupboards
 Plastic, easy-open containers and dishes replace glassware
 Heavy pots or pans are replaced with lighter ones
 Pot holder mitts are available and used
 Refrigerator and stove are in good working order
 Sturdy step stools are available
 Pet dishes are tucked away from the walking path

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In the Bedroom

 Lamps and light switches are within reach of bed
 The electric blanket is in good working order
 The telephone is accessible from the bed
 An emergency telephone list is near the telephone
 A flashlight and whistle are near the bed
 Medications are stored away from the nightstand
 The bed is an appropriate height

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In the Bathroom

 Non-skid decals and rubber mats are available for the tub and shower
 Floor rugs are secure and won't skid
 Grab bars and handrails are next to the toilet, and in the tub and shower
 Handrails are secure
 Shower and tub stools are present
 There is telephone access in the bathroom

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Home Exterior

 Tools and yard equipment are safely and securely stored
 Solvents, paints and sprays are clearly marked
 Goggles are worn when using power equipment
 Stair rails are secure
 Walking paths are clear and safe, with no holes in concrete
 Leaves and snow are cleared away
 There is telephone access while outside

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