Home Safety Tips
As members of the Keiro Senior HealthCare family, we have the assuring knowledge that our employer is providing us with a safe, clean, and well organized working environment. Since we are trained in our job responsibilities and held accountable to carry out our job functions as required, we tend to take for granted that there are departments that will take care of the cleanliness of the facility and grounds, provide nutritious and well balanced meals, give medical care for our residents, and even ensure security for the property and for all concerned. When there is an emergency people are trained to react and provide the proper procedures to alleviate the problem. We have all these things everyday when we leave our homes and come to work. That’s good.
But how prepared are we to act on an emergency at home? What happens if you or a family member falls and can’t get up? What happens if a child ingests some prescription medications thinking that they are candy? What about a fire? What if there is a break-in?
Ideally, you will never have to face an emergency situation at home. If you are lucky one may never occur. But as an old coach once said, “Luck is the sum of planning and preparation.” So let’s look at the top 15 home safety tips as stated by the Employee Health & Wellness Center. They can help us prepare and prevent an accident at home.
- Install grab rails in the tub and shower. Use non-slip mats.
- Have bright lights over stairs and steps and on landings. Keep stairs and walkways clear of clutter.
(For more fall-prevention tips, please see A Fall-Proof Plan: Reduce the Risks of Injury at Home.)
- Keep cleaners, medications and beauty products in a place where children can’t reach them. Use child safety locks.
- For poison help call 1-800-222-1222. Keep this number handy and call if you need help about poisons. Call 9-1-1 if someone needs to go to the hospital right away.
Prevent Fire and Burns
- Have working smoke alarms and hold fire drills. If you build a new home install fire sprinklers.
- Stay by the stove when you are cooking, especially when you are frying foods. Have a fire extinguisher available.
- Regularly clear and dispose of dry or dead vegetation in your yard or areas near your home.
- Keep your hot water at 120 degrees F to prevent burns. Use back burners and turn pot handles toward to back of your stove. Use a travel mug when you are drinking something hot.
Prevent Choking and Suffocation
- Things that can fit through a toilet paper tube can cause a young child to choke. Keep coins, latex balloons, and hard round foods, such as peanuts and hard candy, where children cannot see or touch them.
- Place babies to sleep on their backs, alone in their crib. Don’t put pillows, blankets, comforters or toys in cribs. These things can sometimes prevent a baby from breathing.
- When children are in or near water, watch them very carefully. Stay close enough to reach out and touch them. This includes bathtubs, toilets, pools and spas – even a bucket of water.
Prevent Theft and Burglary
- Make sure all exterior doors have good proper locks. Install 1” deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
- If you leave your house or apartment for an extended period of time: discontinue your newspaper, create the illusion that someone is home, leave the T.V. and various lights on a timer, and leave a neighbor or friend’s car in your driveway if possible.
- Burglar-proof your glass patio doors by setting a pipe, bar or wooden broom handle in the bottom track of the door. The pipe should be the same length as the track.
- Keep drapes and blinds shut–especially in rooms where there is expensive equipment. Don’t advertise the items in your home.
By following these simple safety tips we can all look forward to many happy and safe years at work and especially at home.
John Nakaki is a Courier and Staff Training Consultant for Keiro Senior HealthCare. John previously was in Human Resources at UPS beforing retiring and spending his time volunteering, following USC Sports and fishing!
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