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Home Safety Presentation_September 22, 2016

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Home Safety Presentation_September 22, 2016

  1. 1. Home Safety Bethany Anderson, MPH Injury Prevention Coordinator Howard University Hospital Department of Surgery Division of Trauma and Critical Care
  2. 2. If You Want to Stay Independently in Your Home Longer…
  3. 3. Stairways Make sure all handrails are not broken and are securely fastened. Both sides of the steps should have handrails. Steps should be well lit, ideally with a light switch at the top AND bottom of the stairway. Clutter should be removed completely. BUT if you must have things on your stairs, you should keep them on one side. Area rugs are something to easily trip over or slide on and should not be at the bottom of the stairs.
  4. 4. Floors and Rugs Make sure all floor boards are even and rugs, including area rugs are secured to the floor with tacks, non-skid pads or double sided tape. Use non-skid floor wax on tile or wood floors. Make sure there is a clear area for walking or getting around furniture. Anything that is plugged in should not be pulled too far from the source. You don’t want to accidentally trip over a cord Try not to stack anything too high in your home. Items can topple over from hard to reach places.
  5. 5. Bathroom  Be sure that you can move safely in bathroom area, in and out of the tub or shower.  Install or keep a seat in your shower or tub.  If getting on and off of a toilet seat is difficult, add a raised seat to the toilet.  Remove soap build-up in tub or shower on a regular basis.  Place non-slip strips in the tub or shower.  Install adjustable height shower heads.  Mount grab bars at the toilet, tub and shower no walls with secure reinforcements, to prevent the bars from coming loose.  Secure bath mats with non-slip, double-sided rug tape.
  6. 6. Kitchen Items you use frequently such as dishes and food items, should be easy to reach. If you have a step stool, make sure that it has a bar at the top to hold on to.
  7. 7. Lighting Place nightlights in hallways bedrooms, bathrooms, and stairways. Install light switches at the top AND bottom of stairs. Place a lamp (and telephone) near your bed. Keep lighting uniform in each room and add lighting to dark spaces.
  8. 8. All Rooms Check whether hallways and rooms have obstacles to safe movement. Move newspapers, boxes, electrical and phone cords, plants, and furniture out of traffic areas. Store clothing, bed coverings, and other household items where you can reach them comfortably.
  9. 9. Outside of Your Home Repair holes and uneven joints on walkways. Arrange to have leaves, snow, and ice removed from stairs and walkways. Use salt or sand throughout the winter months. Make sure outside lighting is working in entryways and other walk areas. Check that handrails are not broken and are securely fastened. Both sides of the steps should have handrails.
  10. 10. One More Thing! Be careful in choosing shoes as they can cause you to trip. The soles should be non-slip and not too thick.
  11. 11. Resources  http://www.eldercare.gov/eldercare.net/public/resources/brochures/docs/preventin g_falls_brochure_pagebypage.pdf
  12. 12. Contact Information Bethany Anderson, MPH Injury Prevention Coordinator Howard University Hospital Department of Surgery Division of Trauma and Critical Care beanderson@huhosp.org (202) 865-7110

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