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Safe house checklist

  • use nonskid pads under all rugs
  • 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 grasp, 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