National Safe at Home Week, August 23 – 27, is just around the corner. So, let’s take a peek around that corner and remind ourselves of safety tips we need to use around the home – at any age or stage of life.
Oversharing on Social Media
This is not one that most remember from their childhoods, but it is a concern in today’s tendency to share every moment of my life on social media platforms.
Have you noticed friends who post photos of their luggage by the door while announcing to the world they’re going to be vacationing and stating the dates they’ll be gone? They may as well leave the key in the door and the lights on for whoever decides to check out what goodies they have that they may want.
Instead of broadcasting when you’re gone, wait until you’re back, and then and only then, share photos of your fabulous trip. You still have bragging rights for all the places you visited and also have all your belongings still in your home to enjoy!
Daily medication may be part of your life. Be sure to store meds according to the preferred guidelines — some may need to be refrigerated, most probably need storing in cool, dry spots (i.e., not on the kitchen counter next to the stove).
Keep all meds out of reach of children.
Most medications come with child safety caps. However, if you have difficulty getting those open and don’t have small children in your home, let your pharmacist know and request non-safety seal caps.
Keep an eye on expiration dates for meds that you may only need once in a while. If expired, don’t just throw them in the trash or flush them into the water system. Instead, use a Ziplock bag with either cat litter or used coffee grounds to get rid of expired meds. Either option breaks down the pills in short order, and you can then dispose of them in the trash.
To keep your medications on track, a pill caddy is an excellent resource to ensure you don’t miss a dosage.
Keep a standard first-aid kit in your home for those minor scrapes and bruises. And keep up with your doctor’s appointments! You’re the only you around!
No, not the leaves falling in the crisp morning air — the fall that ends up with you on the floor wondering how you got there.
Do a walk-through of your home and make a note of safety features to be added to increase your personal safety. For instance:
- Add safety handles in the bathtub and shower. Also, be sure to have non-slip safety mats in the tub or shower.
- Consider removing rugs – they may be pretty but can be a tripping hazard for many.
- Always hold the rail when going up and down staircases.
- Turn on the lights. You may know your floorplan perfectly, but one misplaced item on the floor is an accident waiting to happen.
- Add motion lights for the outside, so you have a line of sight from your door to the car in the evening hours.
These are only a few safety topics to address to ensure your day-to-day life is safe and pleasant for you. Be safe in your home for yourself and your family members.