Senior home safety tips are more than a honey do list.
The task of staying safe in the home is not difficult. It is more a matter of sensible actions.
There are several wonderful websites that list the risks people face at home. Sometimes the headlines can be deceiving.
For example, The National Safety Council points out that in 2013, More than 92,000 people died, (in the United States) from unintentional injuries. Often the incidents occurred during what is reported as leisure time.
Most would expect that car crashes would lead the list. Not so. Poisoning was at the top. The unintentional overdose of prescriptions, considered poisoning, was the top cause.
Senior home safety tip number one. Exercise caution when taking prescriptions.
It is common that seniors forget when they last took medicines. The need for count containers is crucial in preventing accidental overdoses. With a weekly pill box, filled once a week. The possibility of forgetting if or when prescriptions were taken is less likely to happen.
Senior home safety tip number two. Fall prevention.
While falls come in as number three in the unintentional causes of injury, for those over 71 years old, it is the number one cause of death. Here is what the National Safety Council reports from the CDC.
- One in three older adults falls each year
- About 2.5 million nonfatal falls were treated in emergency departments in 2013
- Of those, 734,000 people were admitted to the hospital
- That year, 25,500 older adults died from unintentional falls
- More than 250,000 hip fractures are reported every year, and 95 percent of those are from falls
Several tips are offered to help prevent falls. Here is the link for a comprehensive list. Here is the Link for National Safety Institute.
One more thing on fall prevention. According to Harvard Medical School, exercise is important in fall prevention. Tai Chi, a form of exercise, is a preferred exercise program to help in fall prevention.
HealthyLivingAfter60.com reported on the Tai Chi exercise. Click to see it here.
Home safety tip number three. Electrical cords and outlets.
The dangers surrounding electrical cords and outlets makes the list of home safety. Often it is a frayed or cut electrical cord that is the source of home fires.
The hazard is particularly serious for seniors. The inability to evacuate during a fire is common, leaving seniors at a higher risk of injury or death in a fire.
Included in the hazard are undetected frayed cords running under carpets and rugs. The dangers of electrical fires includes not overloading circuits with high wattage appliances.
Electrical cords are also a risk for falls. Tripping over cords extended into traffic areas of the home is a risk senior can not afford to take.
There are many more tips we can all benefit from but the three here are serious and need attention.
If you need more be sure to visit the website of the Consumer Products Safety Commission.