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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.
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