Home Safety Checklist

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Is Your Home Safe? – The Full Checklist

When we think about home safety, we often think about protecting our families, ourselves, and our property from theft and violence. However, home safety is also about being able to live in our homes without fear of hurting ourselves or some part of the house causing us harm. This can range from wires to trip over, things which can catch fire, health risks from dripping pipes, and unsecured carpets.

And this is vitally important for all of us, but especially for the elderly and the physically vulnerable. 8 million people across the U.S. go to emergency rooms because of falling over something. ⅓ of people over 65 fall once a year at least, and over 60% of fall related deaths involve elderly citizens.

It is therefore important to work with your elderly relatives or to seek advice if you feel your own home is not safe enough about how to make it safer. This allows you to retain your independence while not risking your own health. To do this, you need to consider each element of your home in turn. These are:

  • Fire safety
  • Bathrooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Living rooms
  • Staircases
  • Gardens

Please click here for a full guide to home safety for senior citizens and the physically vulnerable.

By, Jess Walter, Freelance Writer