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Home Safety Tips with a Twist

by Jane R. LeBlanc  -  February 6th, 2014

These safety tips are great for seniors and younger folk, alike. You can never be too safe around the house. Now, a night on the town? That’s a different story.

• Make sure all rugs in the house have a non-slip backing. Have a rug a dear friend gave you that you secretly hate? Now you have a reason to stow it away!

• Install grab bars in the bathroom by the toilet and tub. They’ll provide stability in these often-slippery areas (and serve as a great place to drape wet pantyhose).

• Leave a light on in the bathroom at night. It’ll be easier to navigate the area. Plus, nothing wakes you up faster than tripping into the toilet.

• Speaking of light, keep a flashlight by your bed. You never know when you’ll need immediate light or have the urge to tell a ghost story.

• Sign up for a medical alert system. It’s hard to always keep your phone on you, but a bracelet or necklace provides a convenient way to get help to your home when you need it. Just don’t abuse the system – no pressing the button for instant dinner company.

• Change smoke alarm batteries on your birthday each year, that way it’s easier to remember the once-a-year task. Also, nothing says Happy Birthday like new batteries in a smoke detector.

• Avoid wearing long or loose clothing when cooking over the stove. Or order in and wear whatever the heck you want!

• Use a coffee maker or kettle with an automatic shut off. No one can remember anything before his or her first cup of coffee or tea.

• Make sure all electric equipment bears the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label. UL is a global leader in testing and inspection of these items. Plus, it makes your electric equipment seem super fancy and official.

• Always get up slowly after sitting or lying down. Take your time and get your bearings. Remember, body parts may have shifted during naptime.

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*All safety tips taken from www.aplaceformom.com and Colorado State University.

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The purpose of the above content is to raise awareness only and does not advocate treatment or diagnosis. This information should not be substituted for your physician's consultation and it should not indicate that use of the drug is safe and suitable for you or your (pet). Seek professional medical advice and treatment if you have any questions or concerns.
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