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.
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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