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Elder Safety Tips

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 Elder Safety Tips

  • Make sure front and back doors have secure, strong dead bolts
  • Post emergency numbers and your address by each telephone and add to your cell phone
  • Set the thermostat of the water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to prevent accidental scalding
  • As a reminder to keep carbon monoxide and smoke detectors working, change the batteries on your birthday
  • Keep a lamp or flashlight and telephone within reach of your bed
  • Make sure hand rails are sturdy and securely fastened. Add extra handrails in bathrooms and bathtubs where surfaces and flooring can be slippery
  • Remove all trip hazards, use rug or mat fasteners to help avoid tripping over rugs etc.
  • Return all expired medications or medications no longer being used to any pharmacy to avoid medication errors
  • Keep all current medications, including vitamins and herbal supplements in one spot
  • Double check that an appliance is turned off when you’ve finished using it, and always check the oven, burners, and coffeemaker before leaving the house and before bedtime. If it’s difficult to tell when an appliance is on, mark “Off” and “On” positions with brightly coloured tape. Leave yourself a note on a bathroom mirror or the front door to remind you to check.
  • Set a kitchen timer when you cook, and never leave food unattended.
  • Avoid loose clothing when you’re cooking, and keep towels, potholders, etc., away from the stovetop.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy and read the instructions beforehand so you know how to operate it before you need to use it.
  • Use a nightlight in the bathroom so you don’t have to wander around in the dark.
  • Don’t drive when you’re tired, woozy from medication, or upset.