Safety Instructions are provided to assist you
in identifying safety hazards in your home. To
prevent accidents, you should correct any
hazards you identify:
- Remove throw rugs
whenever possible to avoid tripping.
- If you can't
remove throw rugs, use rugs with non-skid
backing to avoid slipping.
- Repair or replace
torn carpeting to avoid
- Make the
transition between types of flooring (such
as wood floor to carpeted floor) as even as
possible and secure to prevent tripping.
- Avoid waxing wood
or linoleum floors to prevent
- Rise between steps
should ideally be no more than 5 inches.
- Make sure handrails are
well anchored (or install handrails) on
both sides of the stairway.
- Non-skid treads can be
placed on wooden stairs to prevent
- Make sure
carpeting on stairs is secure.
- Arrange furniture
so that pathways are not cluttered.
- Chairs and tables
need to be sturdy and stable enough to
support a person leaning on them.
- Avoid furniture
with sharp edges and corners. If it does
have sharp edges or corners, pad them.
- Chairs with arm
rests and high backs provide more support
when sitting and more leverage when getting
in and out of the chair.
- Be sure that your
lighting is ample to prevent falls and to
assure that you can read medication labels
and instructions easily.
- Light switches
should be immediately accessible upon
entering the room.
- Good lighting in
hallways, stairs, and bathrooms is
- Keep medicines
out of the reach of children. If you keep
your medicines out, be sure to put away
when grandchildren or other small children
- Dispose of
expired medicines properly. Flushing down
the toilet is usually best.
- Mark sliding
glass doors with stickers to prevent
someone from walking through the glass
- Install skid-resistant strips or rubber
- Use a bath seat if it is difficult to
stand during a shower or too difficult to
get up out of the tub.
- Install grab bars on the side of the tub
or shower for balance.
- DO NOT use the soap dish or towel bars
for balance these can pull out of the wall
- Adjust water temperature to 120Â° or
less, to prevent scalding.
- Use an elevated toilet seat or commode if
you need support getting on and off the
toilet or you are not able to bend your hip
normally after surgery.
- Install grab bars around the toilet if
you need more leverage getting off the
- Avoid locking bathroom doors or use only
locks that can be opened from both sides
when you may need assistance in the
- Store frequently used items at waist
level. Use a Reacher or Grabber to avoid
standing on a chair or footstool when items
are above eye level.
- Mark "ON" and "OFF" positions clearly on
the dials on the stove.
- Use the front burners of the stove to
avoid reaching over burners (unless there
are small children in the home in that
case, use back burners).
- Make sure pan/pot handles are not over
other burners and not over the edge of the
- Slide heavy pans across the stove instead
of trying to lift them.
- Keep baking soda near the stove to
extinguish small cooking fires and keep a
fire extinguisher in the kitchen if
- Make sure the sleeves of your clothing
are not loose or dangling while cooking
they could easily catch fire.
- Tables with 4 legs are more stable than
Refer to the front section of your phone book
to complete earthquake information.
- Keep a 1-2 week supply of food/water on
hand and consider any special dietary needs
or formulas you may use.
Store a 1-2 week supply of medications and
/or medical supplies you will need
(insulin, syringes, dressings).
- Know the procedure to follow if you are
using medical equipment that runs on
electricity and there is a power failure
(ventilators, IV pumps, feeding pumps).
- Block or lock wheels of items such as
hospital beds, commodes, and
- Persons who live alone should appoint an
official "buddy" (neighbor, family member,
friend) who will check on them after an
- Anchor tall furniture to the wall and
remove heavy items from the top shelves.
- If inside, stay inside and take cover
under a heavy desk, table, or doorway away
from windows or objects which may fall.
- Drag a bed bound patient (or transfer
them to a wheelchair) to move to a safe
- Lock the wheels on a wheelchair after
moving to a safe area.
- If outside, stand away from trees,
electrical lines, and buildings.
- Home infusion patients should go to the
nearest emergency room, if you run out of
medications, solutions, or supplies and are
unable to contact. ALLPOINT Home Health.
ALLPOINT will attempt to contact patients
as soon as possible after an earthquake.
- If necessary, use an ambu bag for a
ventilator-dependent patient until you can
connect to a back-up system.
- Turn off gas at the meter if you smell
gas or hear hissing near gas appliances. DO
NOT LIGHT ANY MATCHES IF A GAS LEAK IS
- Assess for injuries and be prepared to
administer First Aid.
- Turn on a portable radio to listen for
instructions from Public Safety
1. Keep Appliances Away from Water. Splashing
water on an appliance or dropping an appliance
into water (tub, sink, etc.) can cause
2. Use Only Appliances in Good Repair. Don't
use lamps or appliances that appear to have a
"short" when operated.
3. Inspect Cords. Don't use appliances with
cords that are frayed or have wires exposed.
4. Grounded Plugs: use grounded plugs or
3-prong adapters for medical equipment.
5. Proper Use of Extension Cords: keep cords
out of pathways to avoid excessive wear and
6. Don't plug multiple appliances into one
electrical outlet to prevent overheating the
1. Smoke Detectors are recommended in each
bedroom, each hallway, and in the kitchen.
2. A Fire Extinguisher (ABC type) should be
mounted or stored in a central and accessible
area. Make sure the extinguisher is functioning
and that all caring for you know how to use
3. DO NOT smoke in bed it is a very hazardous
4. DO NOT smoke while watching TV if you are
sleepy or prone to fall asleep.
5. Have an evacuation plan.
- A bed bound person will need to be placed
in a wheelchair and removed or placed on a
blanket and dragged away from danger.
- Keep a hospital bed placed in the home
(or the bedroom of someone who is ill)
close to an exit.
- Plan how to get someone who is ill out of
an apartment that is not on the first floor
know where the stairs are.
6. Space Heaters: keep away from furniture,
cords, curtains, or other items that could
ignite. Keep away from walkways where they can
be bumped and cause burns.
7. Fireplaces: Make sure you have a fireplace
8. Oxygen: Keep away from heat sources and open
flames (including smoking). Oxygen is highly
flammable. Post signs prohibiting smoking.
9. Fire Response: Make sure you and all caring
for you know how to use 911 for emergencies.