Home Safety

Safety At Home – Top Tips To Stay Safe

General Safety Tips

  • Consider installing a medical alert or buddy system
  • Ensure that fire detector is running as intended and keep a fire extinguisher on every floor
  • Avoid smoking in bed or when alone. 
  • Avoid getting up quickly and make sure you have your balance after sitting or laying down. 
  • Wear shoes that fit your fit well and have low heels. 
  • Ensure that your walking aid is correctly calibrated. 
  • Remove telephone or electrical cables from areas where your home sees a lot of activity. 
  • Use the recommended cleaners for your floor and avoid wax (especially on the stairs). 
  • Ensure that rails both inside and outside of your house are sturdy. 
  • Avoid using glare-free incandescent bulbs. 
  • Clean up after a spill promptly. 

Bathroom Safety Tips:

  • Consider leaving the light on in your bathroom at night. 
  • Be sure to have your bath aids installed in the right place and on the sides of your toilet. 
  • Use bathroom mats with a non-slip bottom and skid-proof your tub. 
  • To avoid burns, run the water heater to 120 degrees fahrenheit or below. 
  • Have clear labels for cold and hot faucets. 
  • Avoid using single sided door locks. Use the ones that can be locked from both sides. 
  • If possible, avoid bathing when no one is at home. 

Kitchen Safety Tips:

  • Keep your cooking area uncluttered and clean. 
  • Have plenty of lighting in your kitchen. 
  • Put labels indicating “on” and “off” positions on kitchen appliances. 
  • Store sharp and sensitive items in a drawer or rack. 
  • Avoid using kettles without an automatic shutdown mechanism. 
  • Make sure that all heavy items are stored at waist level. 
  • Avoid wearing clothes that are loose or too long when cooking. 
  • Check the expiration date of all items in your kitchen. 

Drug Safety Tips:

  • Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking new medication. 
  • Mark your new medication accordingly so as to not mix up with the older ones. 
  • Before taking any medication, view the labels under good lighting conditions and always take the prescribed dose. 
  • Dispose of medication that is past the date of expiration. 
  • At any cost, do not borrow medication from others. 
  • Consult with your doctor before mixing alcohol with your drugs. 
  • Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before mixing prescription and non-prescription drugs.