According to the US Census Bureau, nearly 40 million (12.6%) of people in the United States are living with a disability and 20 million people have a disability that involves difficulties with walking or independent living. For people with disabilities, taking proper safety precautions throughout the home is crucial to avoid injuries. Prevent emergency situations from happening by being aware of these home safety tips.
- A home should be well lit on the outside, with the house number clearly visible for emergency responders.
- Exterior walkways should be free of tripping hazards.
- At least one entrance into the home should be step-free.
- Home entrance should have shelf or bench to allow items to be set down while unlocking door.
- Place cabinets at an easily accessible height.
- Position a work space area that can be used while sitting.
- Have a fire extinguisher within reach of stove and oven.
- Staircases should be well-lit with handrails on both sides.
- Staircases and hallways should have light switches on both ends.
- Secure area rugs to floor with non-slip grips.
- Have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of the home.
- Doors should have handles rather than knobs.
- Tuck electrical cords and wires behind furniture or mount to the baseboards.
- Place grab bars near a toilet, the bathtub, and shower.
- Firmly mount a sink or vanity to allow for leaning.
- Place non-slip mats in and outside of the tub and shower.
In Case of Emergency
- Have an established escape route.
- In the event of a power outage, have a backup generator for medicines.
- Have bottled water in stock.