Did you know the leading cause of disability in the United States is injury? There are many things we can do to prevent disability or even death and The National Safety Council uses the month of June to raise awareness on important safety issues.
The home is a place of safety and security; however, there are many dangers hidden throughout. The National Safety Council compiled a thorough list of safety precautions to ensure your home remains the safe haven you intend it to be.
- Remove clutter, small furniture, pet gear, electrical cords, throw rugs and anything else that might cause someone to trip.
- Arrange or remove furniture so there is plenty of room for walking.
- Secure carpets to the floor.
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Make sure outdoor areas are well lit and walkways are smooth and free from ice.
- Use non-slip adhesive strips on stairs.
- Use non-skid mats or appliques in the bath and shower.
- Install grab bars in the tub, shower and near the toilet.
- Install railings on both sides of stairs.
- Provide adequate lighting in every room and stairway.
- Place nightlights in kitchen, bath and hallways.
- Make often-used items more accessible, like food, clothing, etc., to avoid the use of a stool or ladder.