Older Consumers Safety Checklist

Posted by John Harris on Fri, Sep 01, 2006 @ 11:34 AM

Older Consumers Safety Checklist

Falls and fires are two leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths among adults 65 and older. About two-thirds of all hospital emergency room visits by older people involve falls. Older adults have a higher death rate from fires than the general population. To help make your home safer, follow these tips.

To help prevent falls:

¦When using stairs, always grip the handrails. Keep stairs well lighted.

¦Keep floors cleared and slip resistant. Remove loose carpets. cords, and other items you could trip over. Be sure all rugs, mats, and other au-faces are non-skid.

¦Install grab bars mid slip-resistant surfaces in your bathroom.

¦Use only stable step stools with a top handrail. Don't climb alone - have someone help you.

¦Stand up slowly from a sitting or lying down position.

¦Be sure your telephones and emergency numbers are easily accessible - so you can get help if you fall.

To help prevent fire deaths and injuries:

¦Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every floor of your home.

¦Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm outside every sleeping area.

¦Don't smoke in bed.

¦Keep space heaters away from flammable materials. Hire a professional to check all fuel-burring appliances, including fireplaces, every year.

¦Don't wear loose-fitting clotting with long sleeves near ranges or ovens. Store combustibles away from these and all heat-producing appliances.

¦Practice an emergency fire escape plan.