Older people are most likely to sustain an injury at home than anywhere else. But accidents at home can happen no matter your age. With precaution you can make your home safer, and some of these measures might allow you to receive home insurance discounts from your provider.
- Fall-proof your home.
As we get older balance can be elusive at times. Add diminished eye sight and weakness and you’ve got a risk of injury. If there’s an older adult in the home, install grab bars in the bathroom in the tub or shower and by the toilet. Use non-slip bathmats and secure or remove area rugs. Keep floors and stairs free of clutter and make sure there’s enough light available to maneuver through the home.
- Protect your home from intruders.
Put in an alarm system and you’ll sleep easier knowing you’re safer. Insurance discounts can help offset the cost of installing a system. There are now whole-house systems that allow you to see who is at the front door or what is happening in other rooms of the home. Put deadbolt locks on the doors. You can also plant thorny plants under vulnerable downstairs windows.
- Safeguard against fire.
According to the National Security Council (NSC), fire is the sixth leading cause of unintentional and injury-related death. Fires often occur at night and so aren’t noticed right away. Change batteries in your smoke alarms at least once a year. Install a fire sprinkler system and if you smoke, quit. Don’t leave candles unattended and make sure not to overload electrical outlets.
- Minimize risk of carbon monoxide.
You can’t see it, smell it or hear it, but carbon monoxide an be deadly. Stay safe by installing a carbon monoxide detector. Many home security systems also feature a detector.
These are just a few of the steps you can take to protect your home. Get more great information in our article Make Your Home Safer This Summer.