Repairs, adaptations, and improvements can help prevent the risk of accidents at home. For example, you can reduce your chances of trips by removing or fixing any hazards such as:
- loose carpeting on stairs
- putting non-slip flooring into your bathroom
- improving lighting in areas such as the kitchen, bathroom or at the top and bottom of stairs.
One of the biggest risks at home can be fire. You should install smoke alarms, which are relatively inexpensive and quite easy to fit, throughout your home. Most supermarkets sell smoke alarms, and the batteries last some time, though you should test them once a week. You could also mark your escape route out of your home with tactile indicators.
Gas appliances, such as fires, boilers, cookers, and central heating systems should be regularly checked by your gas supplier to make sure that they are safe. To find out if you are entitled to a free annual check, you should ask your gas or electricity suppliers if you can be put on their priority service register.
You can ask an occupational therapist, social services or community care team for advice on other safety measures. They can assess how safely you are able to navigate your home. Contact your local council social services department for details - the phone number will be in the telephone directory or on any letters you have received from the council. You can also search for their details on the Sightline Directory.
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