Home Safety

Home Safety


  • Consider a medical alert or a buddy system.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector on every floor.

  • Use extreme caution when smoking. Never smoke when alone or in bed.

  • Always get up slowly after sitting or lying down. Take your time, and make sure you have your balance.

  • Wear proper fitting shoes with low heels.

  • Use a correctly measured walking aid.

  • Remove or tack down all scatter rugs.

  • Remove electrical or telephone cords from traffic areas.

  • Avoid using slippery wax on floors.

  • Wipe up spills promptly.

  • Avoid standing on ladders or chairs.

  • Have sturdy rails for all stairs inside and outside the house.

  • Use only non-glare 100 watt or greater incandescent bulbs (or the fluorescent equivalents).

  • Make sure that all stair cases have good lighting with switches at top and bottom.

  • Staircase steps should have a non-slip surface.


  • Leave a light on in your bathroom at night.

  • Use recommended bath aids, securely installed on the walls of the bath/shower stall and on the sides of the toilet.

  • Skid-proof the tub and make sure the bath mat has a non-slip bottom.

  • To avoid scalds, turn water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

  • Mark cold and hot faucets clearly.

  • Use door locks that can be opened from both sides.

  • If possible, bathe only when help is available.


  • Keep floors clean and uncluttered.

  • Illuminate work areas.

  • Mark “on” and “off” positions on appliances clearly and with bright colors.

  • Store sharp knives in a rack.

  • Use a kettle with an automatic shut off.

  • Store heavier objects at waist level.

  • Store hazardous items separate from food.

  • Avoid wearing long, loose clothing when cooking over the stove.

  • Make sure food is rotated regularly. Check expiration dates.

Drug Safety

  • Review your medicines frequently with your doctor or pharmacist and when you take new medication.

  • Make sure medicines are clearly labeled.

  • Read medicine labels in good light to ensure you have the right medicine and always take the correct dose

  • Dispose of any old or used medicines.

  • Never borrow prescription drugs from others.

  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before you mix alcohol and your drugs.

  • Have medication dispensed in a bubble pack or convenient dispenser.

  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before mixing non-prescription drugs and prescription drugs.