Monday, December 10, 2007

4 Cheap Safety Fixes for the Home from Washington Post

It doesn't have to cost a lot to make your home safer, according to the Washington Post. Cheap fixes include non-skid pads under the rug.
(The AARP also has super cheap solution for slippery carpets; see below). Here's the link to the full article, (Washington Post),which was based on information from The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH).

My own list includes:

1. An extended (higher) metal lip near sliding glass doors. A higher lip prevents water from leaking in from a sliding glass door during a storm.
2. Decals on glass doors. Prevents major accidents.

3. Constantly monitor batteries in smoke alarm.

4. Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen to quickly put out pan fires.

Here are a few helpful links:

The AARP list includes 10 low-cost safety tips. Here's a sample:

  • Install handrails on both sides of all steps (inside and outside);

  • Secure all carpets and area rugs with double-sided tape;

  • Install easy-to-grasp shaped handles for all drawers and cabinet doors;

  • Use brighter bulbs in all settings;

  • Install nightlights in all areas of night activity

  • Add reflective, non-slip tape on all non-carpeted stairs

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