Avoiding Accidents in the Home


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A few simple precautions can help prevent many common household accidents. Start today making your home safe using these tips:
  • Make sure stairs are clearly lit. Install light switches at the top and bottom of stairways.
  • Keep exits and passageways free of boxes, furniture and other tripping hazards. Regularly clear the floor of toys, games, magazines and other obstructions.
  • Make sure you can see over the top of what you're carrying to avoid tripping.
  • Make sure that all of your small rugs have slip-resistant backing. Put cut-to-fit rubber matting or two-sided tape on rugs that don't have their own backing.
  • Mark sliding glass doors with decals or decorations. Someone could easily walk through what looks like an open door.
  • Wipe up spilled water, grease or food peelings immediately to prevent slipping.
  • Place a rubber mat or adhesive strip on the bathtub floor. This will reduce the possibility of slipping in the bathtub.
  • Purchase bedroom night-lights for children and elderly people. Falls can happen easily in a dark bedroom.
  • Wear shatterproof safety glasses when operating any power tool. If you wear eyeglasses, use safety glasses that fit over them.
  • Never store inedible products in the same place as food. This may result in an accidental poisoning.
  • Don't save medicine. Discard all leftover medications by flushing them down the toilet.
Emergency Phone List
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The best way to handle an emergency is to be prepared with an emergency phone list. Print and complete this list, then post it by your telephone.

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