#1 Reduce Your Risk Of Falling
Falls are the LEADING cause of death from injury in people over 65. Yet many fatal falls can be avoided by cleaning up clutter, installing grab bars or handrails, and wearing shoes or non-slip slippers in the home.
#2 Prevent Kitchen Fires
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home injuries. To help prevent fires in the home, stay in the kitchen while frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. And if you have to leave the kitchen for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
#3 Avoid Common Kitchen Accidents
Knife injuries are the most common kitchen accidents in the US for both adults and children. Securing knives in locked drawers, removing them from counters and slicing foods with extreme caution are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of an accident.
#4 Prevent Accidental Poisoning
It happens more than you might think. Hazardous materials must be safely stored and locked in a cool, dry compartment. All bottles must be sealed and regularly checked for expiration dates.
#5 Scare Off Burglars
One of the main causes of home burglaries are overgrown landscapes (a sign that residents are away from home), poor security features and weak lighting. Keeping your lights on, maintaining your landscape, as well as installing a security alarm are prudent steps to warding off opportunists.