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Home Safety Tips

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Being a caregiver can be a challenging but rewarding experience. However, some of those challenges can be reduced with proper safety measures. Below are a few helpful tips to make sure you provide the best home care possible.


  • Set utensils, food, and other items at a convenient height
  • Use proper food handling, preparation, and storage techniques
  • Store heavy pots at waist height or close to floor
  • Keep at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher on every level of the home


  • Install toilet extension seat to raise the seat
  • Switch to a hand-held shower head
  • Install grab bars near toilet and inside and outside shower or tub
  • Have a shower seat or chair
  • Adjust faucets and towel bars so they are easy to reach
  • Add nonslip strips in the shower or tub




  • Have a portable toilet (commode) available beside the bed
  • Consider buying or renting a hospital-style bed with side rails (this prevents the person from falling out of the bed)
  • Provide lifting devices that can help the person onto and out of the bed



  • Install chair lifts or build ramps
  • Install new railings or secure old railings
  • Repair or replace stairs
  • Keep stairway well lit
  • Install non-skid treads on stairs




Throughout the Home

  • Maintain a clean and bright home to prevent dust and allergens
  • Make sure furniture is comfy and sturdy
  • Clear walking areas (keep hallway and high-traffic areas free of clutter such as: cords, books, clothes, toys, and boxes)
  • Remove area rugs or secure with anti-slip pads or carpet tape
  • Lower water heater to 120°F to avoid burns
  • Keep nighttime thermostat above 68°F (low body temperature can lead to dizziness and other health concerns)
  • Inspect heaters yearly
  • Install CO alarms in the home to avoid Carbon monoxide build up which can be deadly
  • Install and test smoke alarms
  • Keep electrical appliances away from water sources
  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • Install GFCI outlets in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Lastly, prepare a fire escape plan with at least two ways out of the home for each room

For more home safety and emergency preparedness tips visit American Red Cross.