When you reach your senior years, it’s an unavoidable fact that you become more vulnerable, both safety wise and due to reduced capabilities. As such, it is important to be prepared for emergencies and take preventative measures to reduce the risks of accidents happening in your home.
By being prepared in this way, then should an emergency happen that puts you in danger, you will be able to navigate the situation much more efficiently without the stress of feeling like you have been thrown in the deep end with no idea what to do.
Read on below as we give you our top safety tips for seniors to avoid or better handle a crisis.
Unfortunately, many elderly people are the target of break-ins due to their vulnerability and slower mobility. This is why it is important to stay on top of your home security. Consider installing outdoor lighting and a visible burglar alarm at your property, since these act as deterrents for burglars, whilst the lighting would also serve the purpose of helping you to see your front door at night should you ever go out in the evening.
Ensuring that your doors are secure gives you peace of mind that you are safe in your home without the worry of anyone being able to easily break through your front door or just walk in. Consider having a five-lever mortice deadlock fitted to your door, as this is an incredibly secure type of lock.
To stop doorstep callers, you may also wish to have a peephole installed in your door, so that you can see who is outside before opening the door, giving you the choice to not open it if you feel that it is not safe to do so.
Home security isn’t just about protecting you from outside dangers, but also inside dangers – the key one being fire. It is imperative that you have a working smoke alarm fitted in your home with the British Standard number BS5446 and Kitemark symbol.
Any smoke alarms should be tested monthly and kept free of dust, and the batteries should be changed at least once a year.
It is also a good idea to plan a fire escape route so that you have a plan ready in the event that a fire does break out, keeping all stairways and corridors clear. If you have a home stairlift, ensure that you keep the seat folded up when not in use so that it is out of the way in case you need to escape in the event of a fire.
If you’re looking for a reliable stairlift installation for your home, then you need Alfix. We make your life a little bit easier in your older years whilst allowing you to keep your independence by supplying both new and refurbished stairlifts.
Whether you require a straight stairlift or a curved one to be compatible with your home and staircase, we can provide the right solution for you. Get in touch with us today for more information by calling us on 01926 334848, or alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.