Home Safety

Companion Home Care of The Eastern Shore believes that many accidents in the home can be preveted. Falls and fires are two leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths among adults 65 and older. About two-thirds of all hospital emergency room visits by older people involve falls. Older adults have a higher death rate from fires than the general population. Make your home safer by following these tips.

To help prevent falls:

  • When using stairs, always grip the handrails.
  • Keep stairs well lighted.
  • Keep floors cleared and slip resistant.
  • Remove loose carpets, cords, and other items you could trip over.
  • Be sure all rugs, mats, and other surfaces are non-skid.
  • Install grab bars and slip-resistant surfaces in your bathroom.
  • Use only stable step stools with a top handrail.
  • Don not climb alone, have someone nearby to help you.
  • Stand up slowly from a sitting or lying down position.
  • Be sure your telephones and emergency numbers are easily accessible, so you can get help if you fall.

To help prevent fire deaths and injuries:

  • Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every floor of your home.
  • Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm outside every sleeping area.
  • Don not smoke, but definitely don't smoke in bed.
  • Keep space heaters away from flammable materials.
  • Hire a professional to check all fuel-burning appliances, including fireplaces, every year.
  • Don not wear loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves near ranges or ovens.
  • Store combustibles away from these and all heat-producing appliances.
  • Practice an emergency fire escape plan.

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