Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 22

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stairways, even those with just two or three steps.
The Home Safety Council recommends handrails on
each side of stairway and that extend the full length
of the stairway.
• Keep walkways and stairways free of clutter. This
includes sidewalks and outside stairs.
• Fix broken steps immediately.
• Wear shoes in the house with non-slip soles. Do not
walk around in socks or bare feet.
• Install grab bars in bathtubs and showers. Use non-
slip bath mats or strips to prevent falls.
• Wipe up spills immediately.
• Make sure throw rugs and area rugs don’t slip by
securing them with tape. Better yet, eliminate them
altogether.
• Install smoke alarms on every floor, including the
basement, and inside and outside every sleeping
area. If you are hard of hearing, install special
smoke detectors that flash strobe lights.
• Install carbon monoxide alarms outside every
bedroom.
• Change the batteries on fire and carbon monoxide
alarms at least once a year. Better yet, make it a
habit to change them when the time change occurs,
twice a year. Check fire and carbon monoxide alarms
monthly to ensure they are working.
• Create a fire escape plan that identifies two exits out
of every room, if possible. Practice the plan at least
twice a year.
• Review prescriptions at least once a year with a
doctor or pharmacist.
• Consider purchasing a Knox Box that provides fire
department and EMS access to the home.
• Many fire and police departments will do free
safety inspections of your home. Check with your
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