#LivingTo100: Living Longer and Safer

#LivingTo100: Living Longer and Safer

Safe-house Checklist:

  • Make sure stairs are well lit, with light switches at top and bottom.
  • All railings should go from the top to the bottom of the staircase and be easy to grab, at 36-39 inches from the floor.
  • Doors should have easy-to-grip lever action handles instead of round knobs.
  • Furniture arrangements need wide paths for traffic, clear of cords and other trip hazards.
  • Keep a lamp or flashlight within easy reach of your bed.
  • Install smoke detectors on every level and near sleeping areas so you’ll hear them anywhere in the house; change batteries twice a year.
  • Keep electrical and telephone cords out of walkways.
  • Arrange items so they are easy to reach in closets and cupboards.
  • Install night-lights for better visibility in the dark.
  • Place a slip-proof rug next to the bathtub and a rubber mat or nonskid texture strips inside the tub or shower.
  • Replace glass shower doors with non-shattering material.

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