SAFETY AT HOME

 

General Home Safety Tips

Use an electric razor to avoid cuts.

Use shatterproof glass for mirrors.

Avoid glass tables.

Avoid scatter rugs.  Wall-to-wall carpeting or soft flooring may reduce injuries for individuals who fall.

Use protective or padded covers on faucet handles, nozzles, or the edges of countertops to help cushion falls and reduce injuries.

Use covers or enclosed heating units or radiators.

Electrical equipment such as hair dryers or razors should be used away from any water source.

Secure televisions, computers or other things that could fall off tables.

Use fireplace screens at all times.

Avoid clutter in rooms. Also look around and make sure there is room to fall safely.

Have an enclosed yard for children to play and prevent wandering during a seizure.

Have a way to call for help if you are alone. Look into alarm systems, medic alerts and other safety devices.

 

More Safety tips for the Home

For assistance making your home safer:

  • Get a home safety evaluation from a visiting nurse or physical therapist.
  • Ask to meet with a nurse at the doctor’s office to learn about safety concerns and tips, or get connected with help in the home.
  • Ask for help on adaptive aids for home safety.  Local colleges and often have disability rehabilitation programs. Or contact a rehabilitation hospital or state disability organization.