Avoiding Injury at Home


  • Arrange furniture so that crossing a room is not like maneuvering through an obstacle course.
  • Place electrical cords away from walking areas.
  • Walk at a safe speed.
  • Keep the hems of trousers and skirts at a safe length to avoid catching your feet in them.
  • Use nonskid mats for the bathtub and bathroom floor.
  • Install handrails for the shower and bathtub.
  • Have sufficient lighting in all hallways and stairwells. Keep a light at your bedside and a night light in the bathroom.
  • Repair or replace loose boards.
  • Avoid storing boxes, tools or other objects in walkways or stairways.
  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Keep items you use regularly within easy reach. Use a stepladder to get things stored out of reach.
  • Wear low-heeled, well-fitting shoes that provide good traction.


  • Always assume that anything left on top of the stove is hot. Use dry mitts or pot holders to move pots, pans or cooking utensils.
  • Keep utensils away from burners.
  • Avoid having handles sticking out beyond the stove’s edge. Place all handles inward.
  • Make sure your water heater temperature is low enough to prevent burns while washing your hands or dishes (120° F or lower).
  • Avoid handling hot dishes from the dishwasher.
  • Keep grease from building up on a fryer or frying area.
  • When using a fryer, be careful not to overfill it.
  • Never smoke in bed or when you’re drowsy.
  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting or flammable clothing when cooking. Bathrobes, nightgowns and pajamas can easily catch on fire.
  • bulletInstall smoke detectors in every bedroom and major area of your home.
  • Replace frayed or worn electrical cords.
  • Keep space heaters where they can’t be knocked over, away from furniture, curtains and rugs.


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