Written by Jen Patterson, Facilities Manager
Most of us spend years making our house a home. Over the course of time we have saved and continue to display many items to make our homes comfy and inviting, from family pictures and heirlooms to soft pillows and blankets we recently bought. We all want our homes to look nice and represent our personal styles.
However, as we decorate our homes, we also need to ensure they are secure! Safety is imperative for us, the homeowners, as well as for our guests who may briefly visit or stay for a weekend. Having the proper precautions in place, will help to prevent falls and other issues from occurring.
As we walk around our houses today, the following items should be considered to ensure the safety of our homes:
- Homes should be well lit. We need to be able to see well when entering and exiting, or while taking that trip into the kitchen for a midnight snack! The addition of Solar path lights and small night lights won’t add much to the budget but will add extra security.
- Area or scatter rugs can be trip hazards. If possible, the best choice is to remove them. For those of us who like that extra cushion under our feet, there are a couple things to help make these types of rugs safer. Choose a low-profile or thicker rug that is less of a trip hazard. Use carpet tape at the corners and edges or a non-slip carpet underlay to keep the rug from moving.
- Make sure smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are on each floor. Regularly test smoke alarms and replace batteries when needed.
- Keep wires and cables close to the wall and not run them across the room. For additional safety, wires and cables can be tacked to the baseboard. This prevents them from pulling and getting in the way
- Add non-slip strips to the edge of uncarpeted steps and stairs. They are available in many colors to help blend in with decor. These help to keep from slipping off a step and tripping.
- Add non-slip strips to the bottom of tubs and showers to help eliminate falls in the bathroom.
- For those in need of extra assistance while maneuvering in the bathroom, grab bars can be easily installed near the shower, tub or toilet, to make getting in and out or up and down easier and safer.
- And, for those who are having trouble going up and down stairs, install a stair lift or move the master bedroom to the main level of the home. The upstairs area can still be used for guests or closed off completely if not needed.
Installing or having these items in place will help prevent falls and other home accidents; allowing us to continue safely enjoying our homes and treasured items for many years to come!
Printed in the Daily Local News on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.