Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit

20 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Metro Detroit 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