√ for Safety
Stairs and Steps:
√ Are papers, shoes, or other objects on the stairs?
Pick up things on the stairs. Always keep objects off the stairs.
√ Are some steps broken?
Fix loose or uneven steps.
√ Are you missing a light over the stairway?
Have a handyman or an electrician put in an overhead light at the top and bottom of the stairs.
√ Is the stairway light bulb burned out?
Have a friend or family member change the light bulb.
√ Do you have only one light switch for your stairs
(only at the top or bottom of thestairs)?
Have a handyman or electrician put in a light switch at the top and bottom of the stairs. You can get light switches that glow.
√ Are the handrails loose or broken? Is there a handrail
on only one side of the stairs?
Fix loose handrails or put in new ones. Make sure handrails are on both sides of the stairs and are as long as the stairs.
√ Is the carpet on the steps loose or torn?
Make sure carpet is firmly attached to every step or remove the carpet and attach non-slip rubber treads on the stairs.
√ Are the things you use often on high shelves?
Move items in your cabinets. Keep things that you use often on the lower shelves (about waist high).
√ Is your step stool unsteady?
Get a new one that has a bar to hold on to. Never use a chair as a step stool.
√ Is the light in the bed hard to reach?
Place a lamp close to the bed where it is easy to reach.
√ Is the path from your bed to the bathroom dark?
Put in a night-light so you can see where you’re walking. Some night-lights go on by themselves after dark.
√ Is the tub or shower floor slippery?
Put a non-slip rubber mat or self-stick strips on the floor of the tub or shower.
√ Do you have some support when you get in and out of the
tub or up from the toilet?
Have a handyman or carpenter put in a grab bar inside the tub and next to the toilet.
√ Do you have to walk around furniture?
Ask someone to move the furniture so your path is clear.
√ Do you have throw rug on the floor?
Remove the rugs or use double-sided tape or a non-slip backing so the rugs won’t slip.
√ Are papers, magazines, shoes, towels, blankets,
or other objects on the floor?
Pick up things that are on the floor. Always keep objects off the floor.
√ Do you have to walk over or around cord or wires
(like cords from lamps, extension cords, or telephone cords)?
Coil or tape cords and wires next to the wall so you can’t trip over them. Have an electrician put in another outlet.
Always remember to make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor. Check batteries bi-annually.