General Safety | Bathroom Safety | Environmental Safety

BATHROOM SAFETY:

Bathtub/Shower:
- Install skid-resistant strips or a rubber mat. 
- Use a bath seat if it is difficult to stand for a shower or to get out of the tub. 
- Install grab bars or railings on the side of the tub or shower for balance. They are not meant to support your full weight. Be sure any nuts or bolts are tight. 
- NEVER use the soap dish or towel bar for balance or support. 
- Do not use electrical equipment, including an IV pump, in the tub or shower.

Toilet:
- Use an elevated toilet seat or commode if you need support getting on and off the toilet. 
- Install grab bars around the toilet if you need more leverage to get on or off the toilet. 
- Avoid locking the bathroom door, since you may need assistance in the bathroom.

KITCHEN SAFETY:
Store frequently used items at waist level. 
- NEVER stand on a chair to reach an item. 
- Be sure the "on" and "off" positions on the stove are clearly marked. 
- Be sure pot/pan handles are not placed over burners or over the edge of the stove. 
- Slide heavy pans across the stove instead of trying to lift them. 
- Keep baking soda near the stove to extinguish small cooking fires. 
- Be sure the sleeves of your clothing are not loose or dangling while cooking, since they can easily catch fire.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY:
- Keep appliances away from water. 
- Keep equipment with chargers plugged in. 
- Do NOT use appliances with cords that are frayed or have wires exposed. 
- Use grounded plugs or three-pronged adapters for all medical equipment. 
- Do NOT use extension cords on any medical devices. 
- Do NOT plug multiple appliances into one electrical outlet.

FIRE PREVENTION AND RESPONSE:
Smoke detectors are recommended for each bedroom, hallway and kitchen. Test batteries monthly. 
- Fire extinguishers should be mounted or stored in a central and easily accessible area. 
- Be sure the extinguisher is functioning and that everyone knows how to use it. 
- NEVER smoke in bed or near oxygen. 
- NEVER smoke if you are sleepy. 
- Have an evacuation plan. Practice a fire drill. Develop a plan for removing the patient from the area. 
- If a patient is bed bound or wheelchair bound, place the patient on a blanket and drag them away from danger. 
- Notify the fire department if a disabled person lives in the home. 
- DO NOT place space heaters near furniture, cords, curtains or near any item that can ignite. 
- Keep heaters away from walkways where they can be bumped and cause burns. 
- Make sure you have a fireplace screen on your fireplace. 
- Make sure all in the home know how to use "911" in case of an emergency.

 

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