Staying Safe in Your Home This Winter

December 4, 2017

Accidents can happen anytime, but during the winter they can be especially troubling because don’t go out as much. A fall can be especially dangerous as it could be some time before someone comes looking for you. By having some safety measures in place, you can keep yourself safe during the cold winter months.

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Get an Alert System

In the event of a fall or other emergency in your home, an alert system can quite literally save your life. By investing in a monitor or alert system you can put your mind at ease, knowing that you could get help with the click of a button. This is especially important if you live alone and don’t have anyone visiting your home frequently.

Add Safety Features to Your Home

By adding some safety features to your home you can prevent falls and accidents before they happen. Bathrooms are one of the most common areas of the home for falls and accidents to take place, so by adding some safety measures in the bathroom you can reduce the risk of a fall.

If you are in the position to remodel your bathroom, switching from a tub to a curb less shower can make a huge difference in the accessibility of your bathroom. Installing shower grab bars in the bathroom can also help prevent slips getting in and out of the shower, as well as falls when using the toilet. Bathroom handles can make a huge difference in reducing falls, but if you do fall, they can also help make it easier for you to get back up and into a position where you can call for help.

Check In with A Friend or Family Member

This tip is especially for people living alone. Just because you don’t live with anyone else in your home, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a support system in place. By having a friend or family member check in with you on a regular basis, you can rest assured knowing someone will coming looking for you if they haven’t heard from you. This can be as simple as a quick phone call each day, an email, or a text message just to check in and say “hi.”

In the cold long months of winter, it’s common to stay in and avoid the cold. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and having safety measures in place is important. By having an alert system, making simple modifications in your home, and by checking in with a friend on a regular basis, you can help put your mind at ease. If you are ready to make adjustments in your bathroom or kitchen to make it more safe, give us at Bath Doctor a call today (410-444-4133).

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