Safety Awareness: Prevent Accidents by Eliminating Hazards

Taking simple precautions can truly be a lifesaver.

Home accidents are a major cause of concern; a simple fall can result in serious injury. Which is why Always There’s employees are carefully trained to improve and ensure safety in the home.

The best way to prevent accidents is to eliminate potential hazards. We check for hazards every time we visit your home—and when we spot safety hazards, you’ll be the first to know. You’ll also be glad to know we document all safety hazards—and intervention steps taken—on our weekly service reports.

Below is a list of suggestions for promoting safety in your home.

GENERAL SAFETY

  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers next to each telephone and in an easily visible place like the refrigerator. Include family member’s numbers and the “Always There” office phone numbers. Also, keep the telephone within easy reach.
  • Keep your home as neat and uncluttered as possible.
  • Keep all medications stored in a safe and dry location, out of direct sunlight like kitchen windows, and out of children’s reach. Call the office regarding old medicines that may need to be thrown away.
  • If possible, keep a First Aid Kit in the home at all times.
  • Whether you’re lifting or moving someone or something, remember to use proper body mechanics.
  • Check extension cords for frayed wiring. Replace any that pose a risk. Cords under rugs pose a fire hazard—which is why we suggest you consider another way to place them.
  • Make sure that lighting is adequate in your home, especially the pathway to the bathroom at night. Install and use nightlights throughout your home, and place a lamp or flashlight within easy reach of the bed. Replace burned out light bulbs promptly.
  • Make sure wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc., are in good working condition, and be sure you know how to use them correctly.

  • Remove anything obstructing walking pathways—such as personal belongings, cords, furniture and sharp-edged objects.
  • Throw rugs should be removed or secured with rubber non-skids mats underneath.
  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Keep frequently-used items within easy reach. If necessary, rearrange cabinets so that they are within easy reach.
  • Look for steps, stairwells, and walkways not in good condition or that have poor lighting.
  • Carpeting on steps should be securely fastened. If you have steps without carpeting, install non-skid strips.
  • To help vision-impaired family members, consider marking the edges of steps with brightly-colored tape.
  • Stress the importance of using handrails on steps, etc.
  • Recommend shoes with non-slip soles.

  • If your family member cooks, look for safe and easy ways for them to help themselves in the kitchen. If he or she is weak, sitting on a chair at the stove instead of standing may be helpful—but it’s important to take extra precaution with this arrangement.
  • Sink and stove should be well lit, and curtains kept away from the stove.
  • Pan handles should be turned away from the burners and the edge of the stove. Front burners should be used when possible—to prevent the need for reaching to the back burners.
  • Pot holders should be kept near the stove and oven—while still safely away from flames.
  • Clothing with loose sleeves should not be worn while cooking.
  • Baking soda should be kept near the stove.
  • Make sure appliances are turned off when not in use.
  • Knives should be kept in a knife rack or drawer.
  • Hazardous cleaners and chemicals should be stored out of reach.

  • Be aware if your family member needs help getting in and out of the tub and/or shower.
  • Bathtubs and showers should have non-skid mats, or strips on the inside and a bath mat on the outside of the tub/shower.
  • Towel bars and soap dishes should be securely installed in case they’re ever needed for support.
  • Soap and shampoo should be within easy reach.
  • Safety equipment like grab bars and shower chairs may be advisable.
  • Keep all electrical appliances away from bathtub, shower and sink areas.
  • Keep razors and scissors stored safely.

  • Hazardous cleaners and chemicals should be locked up or kept out of reach.
  • Porches, balconies, decks, etc., should have secured railings and steps.

  • Check smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries as needed.
  • Know the location of all exits and remind your family member where they are located.
  • In case of fire, RESCUE FIRST! THEN CALL 911.
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed. But use a “baby monitor” if you need to be able to hear your family member calling you at night.
  • When using a fire extinguisher, aim at the base of the fire.

  • Oxygen tanks and equipment should be stored away from heat and/or flames.
  • Post NO SMOKING signs throughout the home.
Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 :: Filed under Articles.

Comments