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How to Safe-Proof Your Kitchen!

Staying independent is important to all of us! Unfortunately, local emergency departments see an alarming numbers of injuries related to preventable falls and sometimes even death. Safe-proofing your home should be taken seriously to protect yourself and loved ones at home. Here are some great tips you can incorporate to help safe-proof your kitchen!

Lighting

Keep your kitchen bright with good lighting! Potential hazards (that definitely do occur!) are avoided much more easily with adequate lighting.

Reduce Strains

Have all regularly used items within easy reach to avoid using stools and over-extending.

Spills

Wipe up spills as soon as they happen! Developing a habit of cleaning up ASAP reduces risks of slipping.

Walkways

Keep walkways clear of any furniture, decor, and clutter.

Nighttime Safety

Install an automatic night light for extra nighttime lighting. Ensure that all directions are visible.

Organize!

Keep regularly used items together to keep everything organized and easily accessible to avoid any unnecessary reaching.

Appliance Cords

Take care to keep electrical cords from dangling from small appliances and always safely put electric kitchen tools away with their cords coiled.

A kitchen can seem safe, but is most dangerous when in use. Take these precautions early instead of encountering troubles with them later!

Article #1: Bedroom

Article #2: Bathroom

Article #3: Living Room & Stairwells

Article #4: Halls & Entryways

Article #5: Kitchen

Safe-proofing is vital for independent living and reduces stresses and worries for everybody in the family! Read our complete series of tips for safe-proofing your home.

Be sure to follow these additional tips for your safety!

  • Avoid standing too quickly; always gather yourself first.
  • Ensure you wear your glasses and make sure they are clean for proper visibility
  • Always have proper indoor and outdoor footwear
  • Keep all items within easy reach
  • Be sure to inform your family doctor if you are experiencing dizziness or blurred vision
  • Keep similar items together in familiar places
  • Falls often occur from not wanting to ask for assistance; be sure to ask for help when you feel you need it. Being safe and preventing falls before they happen is a good way to prevent unnecessary fractures or loss of independence

Choose to be safe! Your independence matters!

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