June has special significance for practically all of us. Father’s Day, graduations, weddings galore, someone special’s birthday, and whatever else might be near and dear to your heart.
Of lesser importance, perhaps, are the likes of National Rotisserie Chicken Day, National Upsy Daisy Day, and, who could possibly forget, National Day of the Gong. Whew, kind of makes your head hurt wondering how some of these ever made the list.
And yet there is one observance highly worthy of observing, and that is National Safety Month. Because no matter how careful you might be, certain mishaps are bound to come your way. Unintentional injuries, in fact, are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Safety Council.
So, what’s the good news? Many such injuries can be prevented, especially those that occur within the walls of and on the property of your home.
In honor of June’s National Safety Month, we encourage you to follow these easy tips for making your home a safer place to live.
- If you are taking medications, ask your doctor if any of them could be making you drowsy, dizzy, or light-headed. If so, follow proper precautions to stay safe.
- Use personal walking devices, such as walkers or canes, to aid in stability as needed.
- Place frequently-used items like snacks, dishes, etc., within easy reach to avoid relying on a chair, step stool, or ladder.
- Wipe up spills right away to prevent slips and falls.
- Install adequate, easy-to-use lighting in every room, including stairs and hallways. Don’t forget exterior lighting!
- If needed, place night lights in bathrooms, kitchen, stairways, and hallways.
- Keep floors free of clutter like toys, electrical cords, rugs that curl up, or anything else that might cause someone to trip and fall.
- When arranging furniture in a space, allow plenty of space for individuals to walk around and through the room.
- If you have hardwood stairs, use non-slip carpets, pads, or a securely installed stair runner. Make sure all stairways are equipped with handrails.
- Keep outdoor walkways free of clutter, branches, outdoor toys, and, in the winter months, snow and ice.
Nowhere in the home do more accidents occur than in the bathroom. That’s where we can help. At Plumbtastic, we specialize in bathroom safety with such devices and services as:
- Grab bar installation
- Anti-scald shower valves
- Motion-sensor faucets
- Built-in shower benches
- Walk-in tubs
- Low-threshold showers
- Comfort height toilets
Contact us today to learn more about how Plumbtastic can add greater bathroom safety, especially for the most vulnerable family members – seniors and young children.