Home Safety "Walk-Through"
Walk through your home to identify and remedy potential falling hazards. What to look for:
- All stairs and steps should be protected with a secure banister or hand-rail.
- Make sure all porches, hallways and stairwells are well lit.
- Use the maximum safe wattage in light fixtures. (Maximum wattage is typically posted inside light fixtures.)
- Use nightlights to help light hallways and bathrooms during night-time hours.
- Keep stairs, steps, landings and all floors clear.
- Reduce clutter and safely tuck away telephone and electrical cords out of walkways.
- In homes with children, make sure toys and games are not left on steps or landings.
- When very young children are present use safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs.
- Use a non-slip mat or install adhesive safety strips or decals in bathtubs and showers.
- If you use a bath mat on the floor, choose one that has a non-skid bottom.
- Install grab bars in bath and shower stalls.
- Don't use towel racks or wall-mounted soap dishes as grab bars; they can easily come loose, causing a fall.
- Install window guards to prevent young children from falling out of upper windows. (Select guards with emergency-release devices.)
- Keep the floor clean.
- Promptly clean up grease, water and other spills.
- If you use throw rugs in your home place them over a rug-liner or choose rugs with non-skid backs to reduce your chance of falling.
- Use a sturdy step stool with hand rails when climbing is necessary.Follow medication dosages closely.
- Using multiple medications and/or using medications incorrectly may cause dizziness, weakness and other side effects which can lead to a dangerous fall.
For additional information contact:
Alan L. Morton
MORTON LAW OFFICES, CHARTERED
1005 North Eighth Street
Post Office Box 420
Boise, ID 83701-0420
Toll Free: 866.946.1669 (866.WIN.1.NOW)