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HOME SAFETY
Find local resources
   Employment – Local offices, career centers
   Education
      Federal Stimulus Programs

        • Wallace State (Hanceville) Construction
          Program
   Healthcare
      Alabama Department of Public Health

      Mental Health Authority

      Local hospitals

        • Cooper Green in Birmingham
Most people spend 90% of
              their time indoors, therefore
HOME SAFETY   having a safe home
              environment is important.
Transition Options
 Home to relatives
 Half-way House
 Rental options
 Home owner
Home to Relatives
   Positive
   Negative



The Role of
Communication
Half-way House
              Rules in place
              Roommates



            The Role of
            Communication
No smoking rule?
   Smoke outside             1.    Kentucky: 28.6%
                              2.    West Virginia: 25.7%
   Contact 1-800-            3.    Mississippi and
    QUIT-NOW for free               Oklahoma: 25.1%
    phone counseling          4.    Alaska: 24.2%
    for cigarette             5.    Indiana: 24.1%
                              6.    Arkansas: 23.7%
    smokers and
                              7.    Louisiana: 23.4%
    smokeless tobacco         8.    Alabama and Missouri:
       Eligible for FREE           23.3%
        nicotine patches      9.    Tennessee: 22.6%
        after several phone   10.   Ohio: 22.5%
        sessions
Rental Options
 Multi-family housing – Apartment
  complex
 Trailer
 Stand-alone home



    The Role of Communication
Renter’s responsibilities

   Pay the agreed-upon rent; there are
    no provisions that allow the tenant
    to withhold payment of rent to
    enforce any provisions of the law;
Renter’s responsibilities
 Keep the premises as clean and safe
  as conditions permit;
 Dispose of garbage and rubbish in a
  clean, safe manner;
 Keep all plumbing fixtures as clear
  as their conditions permit
Home and transitioning out of prison
Renter’s responsibilities
   Comply with building and housing codes
    that govern matters of tenant
    responsibility (i.e. abandoned car)
Renter’s responsibilities
 Use all electrical, plumbing,
  sanitary, heating, ventilating and air
  conditioning systems in a reasonable
  manner;
 Refrain from deliberately or
  negligently destroying or damaging
  any part of the dwelling and from
  knowingly, recklessly or negligently
  permitting any person to do so
Home and transitioning out of prison
Renter’s responsibilities
 Avoid conduct (by the tenant or
  others on the premises with the
  tenant’s consent) that would disturb
  the neighbors;
 Allow reasonable access to the
  landlord to enter the dwelling to
  inspect the condition of the dwelling
  or to make necessary repairs.
Home and transitioning out of prison
Landlord responsibilities
   Ensure that the rental unit complies
    with all applicable building and
    housing codes that materially affect
    health or safety, keep common
    areas clean and safe, and make all
    repairs necessary to keep the
    property in a habitable condition
Home and transitioning out of prison
Landlord responsibilities
 Maintain in good working order all
  electrical, plumbing,sanitary,
  heating, ventilating and air
  conditioning systems;
 Provide and maintain appropriate
  receptacles for garbage removal;
Home and transitioning out of prison
Landlord responsibilities
   Supply running water and hot water and
    provide a source of heating for the
    dwelling;
Landlord responsibilities
   Limit security deposits to no more than
    one month’s rent (unless an additional
    fee is required for pets or provided
    furnishings) and return those funds or
    provide an accounting within 35 days of
    the termination of the rental agreement.
    If the landlord fails to meet this time
    requirement, he or she must pay the
    tenant double the amount of the original
    deposit
Landlord responsibilities
   Provide at least two days’ notice of
    intent to enter the rental unit except
    in an emergency.
Home Owner
 Regular Maintenance
 Property Taxes
HOME
SAFETY
         In the U.S a great number of
         deaths are reported to falls,
         drowning, fires, poisoning,
         suffocation, choking, and guns.
         These deaths occur in the home
         and can be prevented.

         40% of falls occur at home
         If you’re over 65 you have a 1 in
         3 chance of falling
         Falls account for 87% of fractures
         in people over 65
What are the most common
causes of home injury deaths?
SLIPS, TRIPS, FALLS
 Are the pathways in your
  home clear?
 Are your stairs in good
  shape?
 Do you use throw rugs?
 Is your home well-lighted?
Home and transitioning out of prison
Home Safety Tips
 Pick up throw rugs & replace carpet
  that is worn or puckered
 Keep extension & phone cords out of
  traffic areas
Home Safety Tips
 Carry loads that are small enough
  not to block your vision
 Store frequently used items within
  easy reach
 Use a step ladder or step stool to
  reach high places
 Close drawers & doors after use
 Fill holes & depressions around
  your property
Home and transitioning out of prison
Home Safety Tips
    Stairs- Install sturdy
     railings & hold onto at
     least one when going
     up and down. Make
     sure the stairway is
     well lit and free of
     clutter. Never put
     throw rugs at the top
     or bottom of steps.
Home and transitioning out of prison
Home Safety
 Be careful around pets, they’re easy
  to trip over
 Have good lighting
 TAKE YOUR TIME!!!
Have a Fire Escape Plan
 Kitchen Caution – long sleeve
  shirts to cleaning towels
 Heating Hazards
 Safe Smoking
 At Bed Time
 Be Prepared
 Calling 911
Poison-Proof Home

    Can children or adults with dementia
     get access to cleaning supplies,
     over-the-counter drugs, and
     prescription drugs?
Children Visiting?
    If young children visit your home,
     remember to keep medication and
     household chemicals locked or out of
     children’s reach.
    Avoid taking medication in front of
     young children, they like to imitate.
    Only give infants and children over-the-
     counter medications that are especially
     formulated for their age and weight.
Home and transitioning out of prison
Poisoning
 82% of households keep medicines
  in unlocked drawers or cabinets.
 69% of homes with young children
  store household chemicals in
  unlocked areas.
Home and transitioning out of prison
Asthma Triggers
 Dust mites
 Cockroaches
 Pets
 Mold
 Pollutants (bleach, cigarette smoke
  to pollen)
Home Maintenance
Checklist
   Check for signs of water damage
   Check bath and kitchen fans operation
   Air conditioner (central air merv 8)
   Clean dryer vents and screens
   Check smoke and CO alarms
   Check for signs of rodents, bats, roaches,
    termites
   Check that fans still exhaust to outdoors
Home Maintenance
Checklist
 Clean gutters and downspouts
 Check below window & door that
  flashing intact
 Look for signs of leaks at window
  and door sills
 Drain outdoor faucets and hoses
A Healthy Home
 Keep   It   Dry
 Keep   It   Clean
 Keep   It   Pest-Free
 Keep   It   Ventilated
 Keep   It   Safe
 Keep   It   Contaminant-Free
 Keep   It   Maintained
What are the potential problems
and what is a solution?
What are the potential problems and what
is a solution?
What are the potential problems and
what is a solution?
What are the potential problems and what
is a solution?
What are the potential problems and what
is a solution?
Bug Bombs or Foggers --
NO
 Not effective
 Pesticide everywhere
 Aerosol products flammable
What are the potential problems and what
is a solution?
What are the potential problems and
what is a solution?
What are the potential problems and what
is a solution?
Lead exposure
 Found in paint – especially on
  homes built before 1978 (or
  approximately ½ the homes in
  Alabama)
 Lead can be found in the soil, in the
  paint on windowsills, door jams etc..

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Home and transitioning out of prison

  • 2. Find local resources  Employment – Local offices, career centers  Education  Federal Stimulus Programs • Wallace State (Hanceville) Construction Program  Healthcare  Alabama Department of Public Health  Mental Health Authority  Local hospitals • Cooper Green in Birmingham
  • 3. Most people spend 90% of their time indoors, therefore HOME SAFETY having a safe home environment is important.
  • 4. Transition Options  Home to relatives  Half-way House  Rental options  Home owner
  • 5. Home to Relatives  Positive  Negative The Role of Communication
  • 6. Half-way House  Rules in place  Roommates The Role of Communication
  • 7. No smoking rule?  Smoke outside 1. Kentucky: 28.6% 2. West Virginia: 25.7%  Contact 1-800- 3. Mississippi and QUIT-NOW for free Oklahoma: 25.1% phone counseling 4. Alaska: 24.2% for cigarette 5. Indiana: 24.1% 6. Arkansas: 23.7% smokers and 7. Louisiana: 23.4% smokeless tobacco 8. Alabama and Missouri:  Eligible for FREE 23.3% nicotine patches 9. Tennessee: 22.6% after several phone 10. Ohio: 22.5% sessions
  • 8. Rental Options  Multi-family housing – Apartment complex  Trailer  Stand-alone home The Role of Communication
  • 9. Renter’s responsibilities  Pay the agreed-upon rent; there are no provisions that allow the tenant to withhold payment of rent to enforce any provisions of the law;
  • 10. Renter’s responsibilities  Keep the premises as clean and safe as conditions permit;  Dispose of garbage and rubbish in a clean, safe manner;  Keep all plumbing fixtures as clear as their conditions permit
  • 12. Renter’s responsibilities  Comply with building and housing codes that govern matters of tenant responsibility (i.e. abandoned car)
  • 13. Renter’s responsibilities  Use all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems in a reasonable manner;  Refrain from deliberately or negligently destroying or damaging any part of the dwelling and from knowingly, recklessly or negligently permitting any person to do so
  • 15. Renter’s responsibilities  Avoid conduct (by the tenant or others on the premises with the tenant’s consent) that would disturb the neighbors;  Allow reasonable access to the landlord to enter the dwelling to inspect the condition of the dwelling or to make necessary repairs.
  • 17. Landlord responsibilities  Ensure that the rental unit complies with all applicable building and housing codes that materially affect health or safety, keep common areas clean and safe, and make all repairs necessary to keep the property in a habitable condition
  • 19. Landlord responsibilities  Maintain in good working order all electrical, plumbing,sanitary, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems;  Provide and maintain appropriate receptacles for garbage removal;
  • 21. Landlord responsibilities  Supply running water and hot water and provide a source of heating for the dwelling;
  • 22. Landlord responsibilities  Limit security deposits to no more than one month’s rent (unless an additional fee is required for pets or provided furnishings) and return those funds or provide an accounting within 35 days of the termination of the rental agreement. If the landlord fails to meet this time requirement, he or she must pay the tenant double the amount of the original deposit
  • 23. Landlord responsibilities  Provide at least two days’ notice of intent to enter the rental unit except in an emergency.
  • 24. Home Owner  Regular Maintenance  Property Taxes
  • 25. HOME SAFETY In the U.S a great number of deaths are reported to falls, drowning, fires, poisoning, suffocation, choking, and guns. These deaths occur in the home and can be prevented. 40% of falls occur at home If you’re over 65 you have a 1 in 3 chance of falling Falls account for 87% of fractures in people over 65
  • 26. What are the most common causes of home injury deaths?
  • 27. SLIPS, TRIPS, FALLS  Are the pathways in your home clear?  Are your stairs in good shape?  Do you use throw rugs?  Is your home well-lighted?
  • 29. Home Safety Tips  Pick up throw rugs & replace carpet that is worn or puckered  Keep extension & phone cords out of traffic areas
  • 30. Home Safety Tips  Carry loads that are small enough not to block your vision  Store frequently used items within easy reach  Use a step ladder or step stool to reach high places  Close drawers & doors after use  Fill holes & depressions around your property
  • 32. Home Safety Tips  Stairs- Install sturdy railings & hold onto at least one when going up and down. Make sure the stairway is well lit and free of clutter. Never put throw rugs at the top or bottom of steps.
  • 34. Home Safety  Be careful around pets, they’re easy to trip over  Have good lighting  TAKE YOUR TIME!!!
  • 35. Have a Fire Escape Plan  Kitchen Caution – long sleeve shirts to cleaning towels  Heating Hazards  Safe Smoking  At Bed Time  Be Prepared  Calling 911
  • 36. Poison-Proof Home  Can children or adults with dementia get access to cleaning supplies, over-the-counter drugs, and prescription drugs?
  • 37. Children Visiting?  If young children visit your home, remember to keep medication and household chemicals locked or out of children’s reach.  Avoid taking medication in front of young children, they like to imitate.  Only give infants and children over-the- counter medications that are especially formulated for their age and weight.
  • 39. Poisoning  82% of households keep medicines in unlocked drawers or cabinets.  69% of homes with young children store household chemicals in unlocked areas.
  • 41. Asthma Triggers  Dust mites  Cockroaches  Pets  Mold  Pollutants (bleach, cigarette smoke to pollen)
  • 42. Home Maintenance Checklist  Check for signs of water damage  Check bath and kitchen fans operation  Air conditioner (central air merv 8)  Clean dryer vents and screens  Check smoke and CO alarms  Check for signs of rodents, bats, roaches, termites  Check that fans still exhaust to outdoors
  • 43. Home Maintenance Checklist  Clean gutters and downspouts  Check below window & door that flashing intact  Look for signs of leaks at window and door sills  Drain outdoor faucets and hoses
  • 44. A Healthy Home  Keep It Dry  Keep It Clean  Keep It Pest-Free  Keep It Ventilated  Keep It Safe  Keep It Contaminant-Free  Keep It Maintained
  • 45. What are the potential problems and what is a solution?
  • 46. What are the potential problems and what is a solution?
  • 47. What are the potential problems and what is a solution?
  • 48. What are the potential problems and what is a solution?
  • 49. What are the potential problems and what is a solution?
  • 50. Bug Bombs or Foggers -- NO  Not effective  Pesticide everywhere  Aerosol products flammable
  • 51. What are the potential problems and what is a solution?
  • 52. What are the potential problems and what is a solution?
  • 53. What are the potential problems and what is a solution?
  • 54. Lead exposure  Found in paint – especially on homes built before 1978 (or approximately ½ the homes in Alabama)  Lead can be found in the soil, in the paint on windowsills, door jams etc..