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Senior Home Safety - Some General Tips for Moving About

  • Consider a medical alert or a buddy system.

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

  • 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, or, if necessary, purchase a stair lift.

  • Make sure that staircase steps should have a non-slip surface.

  • 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.

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