February 10, 2004
Home Safety for Seniors
Remove potential obstacles
(HealthDayNews) -- Elderly people are especially vulnerable to accidents in their homes.
To safeguard your home, the City of Ottawa suggests you make sure that:
- Floors are not slippery.
- Pathways are clear of extension cords and other objects.
- Rugs have no ripples or tears.
- Scatter mats are removed or taped to the floor.
- Low tables are removed from the middle of the living room floor.
- Chairs have armrests and are the right height.
- Light fixtures have a minimum of 60-watt bulbs.
- Stepladders or step stools are sturdy, and the step surface is not slippery.