1. Have a well-lit home.
Make sure your home is well-lit to avoid trips and falls. Install overhead lights, lamps, and nightlights in key areas like the bathroom and stairs.
2. Use safety devices like grab bars in the bathroom.
If you are at risk for falls, install grab bars in the bathroom to help you stay safe. Make sure the bars are installed properly and are firmly attached to the wall.
3. Keep walkways clear of obstacles.
Make sure your walkways are clear of any obstacles that could cause you to trip or fall. Remove rugs from slippery floors and make sure furniture is not blocking pathways.
4. Use nonslip surfaces.
Nonslip surfaces can help prevent slips and falls. Use mats in the bathtub and shower and choose shoes with good traction when outside.
5. Avoid using rugs on slippery floors.
Rugs can often be a hazard on slippery floors since they can cause you to slip. If you must use a rug, make sure it is a nonslip rug and place it in a low-traffic area.
6. Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors can help keep you safe from fires and gas leaks, respectively. Make sure these devices are properly installed and regularly tested/maintained.
7. Make sure staircases are well-lit and have handrails installed.
Staircases can be dangerous if they are not well-lit or if there is no handrail to hold on to. Make sure both these features are properly installed in your home.
8. Keep entrances and exits clear of clutter and obstacles.
Entrances and exits should be kept clear so that you can easily get in and out of your home without tripping over anything.
9. Store medications out of reach of children and seniors.
Medications can be harmful if ingested by children or seniors accidentally. Store them in a safe place where they cannot be accessed easily.
10. Install ramps or lifts if needed.
Some seniors may need ramps or lifts to help them get around their homes safely. If this is the case for you, consult with a professional about what type of ramp or lift would work best for your needs.