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Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday lighting, decorations, trees and more help to put everyone in the holiday mood. All of these things help set a cheerful holiday atmosphere, but they also pose hidden dangers. These tips can help you keep your family and home safe.

1. Holiday Lighting

While twinkle lights “help to make spirits bright”, but they can also start fires.

  • Carefully select flame-resistant strings of lights.
    1. Look for a certification mark (i.e. ELT or UL) to make sure the lights comply with safety standards.
  • Examine the strands of lights you’ve had for years and replace them if the wires are frayed, the cord is tightly kinked or sockets are cracked.
  • Be careful to not overload extension cords or outlet strips.
  • Keep children and pets away from light strings or decorations that use electricity.
    1. Additionally showing pets and children each ornament and telling them it is off limits is a wonderful way to keep them safe.
  • Always turn your lights off when you are going to bed or leaving the house. This not only prevents fires but also will save you money on your electric bill.
  • And never use electric lights on a metallic tree; a single touch can cause electrocution.

2. Decorations

  • Many older ornaments were potentially painted with lead paint.
  • If you even suspect they were, don’t put them on display. This is especially important if you have children.
  • Use only nonflammable or fire retardant ornaments.
  • Keep decorations and other flammable materials away from lit candles and fireplaces.
  • With children in the home, be sure your ornaments are shatterproof and free of sharp edges.
  • Also, hang ornaments with moving parts out of your child’s reach.

3. Trees*

  • If you’ve decided to purchase an artificial tree, select one that has a “fire-resistant” label.
  • When selecting a live tree, look for needles that are fresh, green and that don’t break easily when bent.
  • Be sure to keep the tree watered, to ensure that the needles do not dry out.
  • It is important that when deciding on where to place the tree, that it doesn’t block any major exits
  • Set your tree up away from fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and other heat sources.
    • Placing trees too close to a heating source is the cause of approximately one-in-six holiday tree fires.

4. Gifts

When choosing a gift for:

  • an older adult, select gifts that aren’t heavy or awkward.
  • Be aware of dangers associated with coin lithium batteries; of particular concern is the ingestion of button batteries
  • infants or small children (as you may already know) it’s important to avoid anything with small parts that could become choking hazards.
    • A good rule of thumb is if a part can fit through a toilet paper tube, it can fit inside a child’s mouth.

5. Entertaining

As you’re preparing for guests, keep these safety tips in mind.

  • Don’t leave the kitchen when anything is cooking.
    1. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association.
    2. Two out of every five home fires start in the kitchen. *
  • Be sure the fireplace flue is open BEFORE you light the fire. Keep evergreen boughs, paper, and decorations away from the fireplace.
  • Never burn wrapping papers in the fireplace.
  • Poinsettias are festive. While they are NOT poisonous to pets, according to veterinary experts, they are mildly toxic and CAN cause skin irritation, nausea, and vomiting. Keep them out of your pet’s reach or avoid displaying them at all.
  • Slippery pathways are a danger to people of all ages
  • Older guests may need ramps to get access into relatives homes during the holidays
    1. We rent ramps and stairlifts

6. Security

While you’re busy enjoying holiday parties and events, criminals are diligently watching your home. So be extra careful to ensure that in spite of all of the holiday excitement that you lock your doors and windows when you leave home. You should also:

  • Be creative about where you hide your spare key. Thieves know to check under doormats, above the door, under rocks, and in flower pots.
  • Keep indoor lights on a timer.
  • Leave a TV or radio on so it looks sounds like someone is at home.
  • Not display gifts in front of windows.
  • Ask someone to pick up your newspaper and mail if you’ll be away for extended periods.

Sources:

American Home Shield. (2018). Top 5 Tips for Holiday Home Safety | Home Matters blog. Retrieved from https://www.ahs.com/home-matters/quick-tips/top-5-tips-for-holiday-home-safety/

National Safety Council. (2018). Safety at Home. Retrieved from https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/winter/holiday

*Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2014 NFPA.

Home Safe Homes Can Improve the Safety of the Entrances of your Home with Wheelchair Ramps and Railing!

Increasing client mobility and safety at entrances of the home often includes installation of railing and wheelchair accessible ramps. Home Safe Homes specializes in designing and building permanent wooden ramps that are ADA compatible or installing temporary modular aluminum ramps. Our aluminum wheelchair ramps are also available for rent.

Home Safe Homes works with you to design and build ramps that fit your needs and that will not detract from the beauty of your home. Our custom built permanent wooden ramps are built to last and to help keep you and your loved ones safe. All of our wooden ramps are constructed utilizing pressure treated lumber. We always use screws, never any nails. This is important because nails can cause splits in the wood and pop up over time. Our use of screws makes our ramps sturdy and durable. We always try to adhere to ADA guidelines and do our best to construct the safest ramps possible for our clients.

The temporary modular aluminum ramps and rentable aluminum wheelchair ramps that we offer are from EZ-ACCESS. The portable ramps that we rent and sell are made of lightweight materials that are engineered to provide remarkable strength for either a short- or long-term need. Despite being lightweight, they are able to hold up to 660 pounds. Portable ramps set up quickly and can be folded in half lengthwise and carried like a suitcase when they are not in use. Their handles are non-breakable, flexible and have a comfortable grip, which makes carrying these ramps simple and comfortable. The ramps are textured to create a non-slip surface that provides traction regardless of the weather. Our portable ramps have self-adjusting transition plates on the bottom, which independently adjust to the ground surface making the transition from ramp to the ground flat on most surfaces. If you are looking for a ramp that is durable and portable, we have you covered. (EZ-ACCESS)

We also install EZ-ACCESS’s PATHWAY 3G, Semi-Permanent Aluminum Ramps. These ramps are made of an environmentally friendly, high-strength aluminum that will not deteriorate, rust or rot in the outdoor elements. This makes them practically maintenance free. Their slip-resistant surfaces provide users with traction in any type of weather. There are three surface options and four different handrail styles. The PATHWAY 3G allows for innumerable platform and modular ramp configurations, which create seamless and safe access for both unique and standard entryways. Because it does not alter or add to the structure of your house, it does not affect your home’s property value. What’s more is that installation causes minimal disruption to you and your family because a standard 24-foot, PATHWAY 3G system takes less than an hour to install. All EZ-ACCESS ramps come with a lifetime warranty and are produced in the USA.

Home Safe Homes is also able to install a variety of handrails that are tailored to the location they are needed. We install Gilpin brand Aluminum Railing that is as sturdy as it is aesthetically pleasing. The railing is made of high-grade aluminum alloy and is durable, water resistant, and is virtually maintenance-free due to its powder coating. There are four styles available in either black or white. These options allow you to select the one that best fits the aesthetic that you desire for your home. Depending on which railing type you choose, you also have the option of having either 36″ or 42″ railing height. Most styles of Gilpin railing will slant to allow for use on stairs. All Gilpin railing has a 4″ spacing between each spindle. Our partnership with Gilpin allows us to offer customizable railings that suit your needs and look beautiful. (Gilpin Inc., 2008)

Whether you and your loved ones decide that a permanent, temporary, or portable ramp is the best option for improving the safety of the entrance of your home, Home Safe Homes is able to install the ramp that you need. If a single handrail or a pair is what you or your loved one require, we install a variety of railing that is durable and decorative. At home safe homes it is our goal to improve home accessibility and safety for every generation. Contact us today for a consultation.

Sources:

“Aluminum Railing.” Gilpin Inc. – Summit and Midway Aluminum Porch or Deck Rail, Gilpin Inc., 2008, www.gilpininc.com/Aluminum_Railing.html.

EZ-ACCESS. “Find Portable Wheelchair Ramps Now!” Modular Ramps & Stairs | EZ-ACCESS, www.ezaccess.com/residential/portable-ramps.

EZ-ACCESS. “PATHWAY 3G Aluminum Modular Ramp System.” Modular Ramps & Stairs | EZ-ACCESS, www.ezaccess.com/residential/semi-permanent-ramp/pathway-3g-modular-access-system.

Home Safe Homes Helps Improve Home Safety for the Sandwich Generation

Are you struggling to take care of mom and dad…AND your children?

Home Safe Homes helps people in the sandwich generation* care for both their parents and their children and keep them safe. We offer a variety of services in Child Safety and Accessibility Remodeling.

Throughout the next couple of weeks, we will be posting blogs on how Home Safe Homes can help put Sandwich Generationers’ minds at ease. This week’s blog concentrates the ways we are able to help you improve your parents’ independence in the home through accessibility remodeling, starting with bathroom safety and accessibility

Bathroom Safety

The CDC reported that 81 percent of injuries experienced by those 65 and older were caused by falls and that one of the most common environments, where falls occur, is in the bathroom. Over one-third of older individuals require hospitalization following a bathroom incident. “Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.” (“Home and Recreational Safety” 2017)

Consider these safety tips to reduce falls in the bathroom:

  • Ensure shower doors are made of safety glass or replace with a shower curtain.
  • Take extra care when on a wet surface. Slip-resistant flooring is recommended for bathrooms, such as paint-on applications or self-adhesive non-slip strips.
  • Grab bars are recommended in all positions around the bath and toilet. Never use a towel rail to support body weight.
  • Hand-held shower hoses are a good idea, as are shower chairs or bath seats when mobility or balance is in question.

Home Safe Homes strives to help prevent falls in the bathroom and to increase bathroom safety. Whether it is due to aging, illness or disability, when bathrooms need to be modified to reduce barriers for the safety and comfort of those at home — Home Safe Homes can help. Our professionals can advise you on grab bars and other equipment to modify your bathroom to ensure maximum safety and independence.

It is not uncommon for individuals to need help getting in and out of the tub or shower. One of the simplest and most inexpensive ways that Home Safe Homes is able to aide in increasing bathroom safety is through the installation of grab bars. Home Safe Homes keeps stainless steel, concealed screw grab bars in stock, and carry them on our truck. This means that it is possible for our team member to install grab bars the same day that they do a home safety evaluation.

In addition to grab bar installation, we also offer barrier free shower systems. The barrier-free showers that Home Safe Homes install are Best Bath brand. Barrier-free showers allow for easier entry and exit of the shower, especially for those who have difficulty lifting their foot over the lip of standard showers. Barrier-free showers also make it possible for wheelchairs to roll into and out of the shower, and transferring from a wheelchair to shower bench safer and more efficient. We are proud to partner with Best Bath and be able to install their wide array of barrier-free shower options.

For consultation, contact Home Safe Homes today.

 

* The sandwich generation is a generation of people, typically in their thirties or forties, responsible for bringing up their own children and for the care of their aging parents.

Sources:

“Home Assessments | Indianapolis, IN.” Home Safe Homes, Home Safe Homes, 2018, homesafehomes.com/services/#bathroom-modifications.

“Home and Recreational Safety.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 Feb. 2017, www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html.