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NCHPAD - Building Healthy Inclusive Communities

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Make Your Home Safer Indoors and Outdoors


Indoors:

  • Have handrails installed on both sides of stairs and steps. Make sure handrails go from the top to the bottom of stairs. Be aware of poor stair design (uneven heights and widths) or stairs in disrepair. Keep the stairs clean.
  • Have lots of light at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Either remove small rugs or tape them to the floor so you can’t trip on them.
  • Keep power cords out of any walking areas.
  • Have night lights in the bedroom, hall and bathroom.
  • Have a mat or non-slip strips in the tub and shower.
  • Have a bath mat with a non-skid bottom on the bathroom floor.
  • Have grab bars in the tub and shower.
  • Wipe up spills when they happen.
  • Watch carefully for any pets that may unexpectedly and unintentionally get in your way.
  • Use assistive devices and mobility aids when you should and be certain you are using them properly and safely.
  • Use contrasting colors to make it easier to see walls and stairs.

Outdoors:

  • Put bright lights over all porches and walkways.
  • Have handrails on both sides of the stairs.
  • Put ladders away after using them.
  • Keep sidewalks and paths clear.
  • Fix broken or chipped steps and walkways as soon as possible.

When Doing Yard Work:

  • Before you mow, check the area for broken sticks, stones, toys or anything else that could shoot out from under the mower.
  • Wear goggles and hearing protection when mowing.
  • Never reach under the mower unless it is turned off and the blade has completely stopped turning.
  • If you run out of gas, stop and let the engine cool down before you add more. Gasoline vapors can easily catch fire.
  • Pick up garden tools such as rakes, spades, forks, pruning clippers, files and plant stakes when not in use.
  • Be careful to keep hazardous chemicals out of reach of children and pets.

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