In these unprecedented times, we are all taking measures to help prevent the spread of illness. We face a new normal where healthy habits, mindful cleanliness, and social distancing are imperative if we want to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. It’s a big change, but these measures are vital. We’ve all been given a prescription of quarantine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This got me thinking about the concept of prevention: specifically, the measures we take to keep ourselves safe and healthy. For COVID-19, we’ve adopted drive-through testings sites, buying in bulk to reduce our trips out, avoiding trips to the ER for minor injuries, stocking our pantries with non-perishables, and even making sure our vehicles are gassed up.
Now that we’re staying home more often, it’s a great time to think about what preventative measures we can take to ensure our health and safety there.
After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when that cure is an ER visit. Did you know that preventable accidents in the home are the #1 reason for visits to the ER? According to the CDC, in the United States about one in four adults (30%) age 65 and older, report falling each year resulting in about 30 million falls. The CDC also reported that in 2017, falls accounted for 36% of all ER visits for children ages 5-11. That’s over 725,000 injuries. For children ages 0-10 that goes up to 41%.
With more Americans required to stay in their homes than ever before, help combat unnecessary visits to the ER by easily preventing a slip and fall accident today.
Home Safety Tips:
Repair or Replace Worn or Cracked Outdoor Steps: If you notice loose, uneven, cracked, or broken steps; broken or chipped stair edges; and nosings (front-edge guards) which are bent and do not lie flat, address these issues as quickly as possible. By maintaining stairs properly, or retrofitting them with tread caps like our Handi-Treads nosings, you can minimize the risk of a fall accident.
Keep Your Bathroom Clean: Clean up all spills when they happen. Body oils, soaps, shampoos, and conditioners are slippery and may even leave a residue after they’ve been wiped up; you may have to wash the area to get rid of the slip risk completely. Hang up towels and washcloths when you’re finished using them. Don’t keep extra supplies on the floor in places where you may trip on them. Throw rugs that don’t have a non-slip backing may bunch or slip and create additional hazards. ClearGrip Circles, ClearGrip Treads, Shower & Bath Strips, and Shower & Bath Mats can go a long way to making these slip-prone areas safer.
Illuminate Dark Areas of the Home: Garages or basement steps usually have minimal lighting increasing the likelihood of a fall injury. To help provide traction and visual guidance on stairs and pathways, Handi-Treads Glow in the Dark Grit Treads and Tape can be quickly installed.
Test All Fire Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Replaces batteries at least once, possibly twice a year. Ensure they can be heard from all areas of your home. The First Alert Dual Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector is a top-rated option.
Replace Air Filters: For a vacation home or single occupant and no pets or allergies, air filters should be replaced every 6-12 months. For the average household without pets: every 90 days. With a dog or cat: every 60 days. Add more than one pet or anyone has allergies: 20-45 days. Air purifiers are a great option, too to help keep indoor air fresh.