January 16, 2013

Measures to improve senior safety


“Make sure you have boots with good traction and railings to hold onto when you’re moving up and down steps,” Gulley said. “Also, make sure you layer your clothing. Put on heavy socks, sweater, long underwear.”

Seniors should also keep an eye on their fuel supply to make sure they do not run out during the winter season.

Gulley also suggested having a neighborhood-support system for all kinds of winter emergencies.

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SAFETY TIPS More tips for making homes safer: • Use slip-resistant material under throw or area rugs in your home. • Place slip-resistant material in your tub to reduce risk of falling. • Avoid using electrical extension cords. • Keep some kitty litter or pet-safe ice melt near the door to spread before taking the stairs or walking on the sidewalk around your home. • Make certain your bathrobe allows you to walk freely without fear of tripping on the robe. • Place a list of important phone numbers near the phone in case of emergency. • Make sure you have working smoke detectors on every level of your home where you can hear them from your sleeping area. • Keep cooking surfaces clean and free from anything that can catch fire. • Keep eyeglasses, keys, hearing aids and a phone within reach next to your bed. • Stay calm when the smoke alarm sounds. Get out fast and stay out. Never go back inside for people, pets or things. --From Maryann Barto, public-health educator for the Clinton County Health Department's Healthy Neighborhoods Program.

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