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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.

The Benefits of Having a Professional Home Safety Evaluation

As you begin your search for childproofing or “aging in place” items to help you transition to a safer home environment, making a purchase decision is not always easy. Many products look useful, but may not be the best solution for your unique home. With the numerous options advertised for childproofing and aging-in-place, it can be difficult to know which products are worth buying.

This is where your experts at Home Safe Homes can lend a hand.

Home Safe Homes has been performing Home Safety Evaluations since it opened in 2001. We’re members of the International Association for Child Safety and have been childproofing homes since opening. As our business grew some of our staff became Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists, and we’ve been performing accessibility remodeling since 2009. Our team has the experience and knowledge to back up our product recommendations.  Their expertise allows them to perform installations efficiently and securely. At Home Safe Homes our goal is to give our clients peace of mind, by helping them improve their homes’ safety and accessibility.

When Home Safe Homes performs a Home Safety Evaluation, the team member assigned to you will accompany you room-by-room to evaluate your living space and learn about your daily routines and needs. They will then recommend items that can best improve your home safety, and inform you of the cost of the products and their installation. If you aren’t interested in everything they recommend, the price can be adjusted to include only the services you choose to pursue.

We provide a quick turn-around from the time the evaluation is performed to when we are able to install the products you have selected.

 

If you are interested in childproofing or aging-in-place, call Home Safe Homes at (317) 773 – 1996 to set up an appointment for a Home Safety Evaluation today!

Home Safe Homes Installs a Variety of Stairlifts

Is your staircase an obstacle in your home? A stair lift can provide accessibility between the floors in your family home and offer you complete independence despite reduced mobility due to age, disease or injury. Home Safe Homes offers product sourcing as well as the installation of stairlifts including straight stair lifts, custom curved stair lifts, heavy duty stair lifts, or outdoor stair lifts. We offer different models and can customize the one that meets your individual needs.

Below we have compiled a list the features that all Handicare stairlifts have in common, and then divided the additional features into lists placed under the name of the model they are offered with.

Handicare Stairlifts all:

  • Include user-friendly seatbelt
  • Come with 2 handheld remotes which make the retrieval of the stairlift simple
  • Key allows you to prevent unauthorized use
  • Lifetime warranty on the motor and gearbox
  • Each lift has safety sensors surrounding the base, and are designed to stop if they sense an obstruction.
  • Handicare worked with Occupational Therapists when designing their stairlifts to ensure that the toggle control was intuitive and simple to operate, with just a push in the direction you wish to go.
  • All have the ability to swivel towards the landing, either manually or by upgrading to automatic.
  • All allow for an optional manual or powered hinge, or a Slide Track. All of which move the base piece of the track up so that the base of the stairs are left unobstructed. This is particularly useful when there is a doorway at or near the base of the staircase.

“Simplicity” Straight Stairlift

Handicare Simplicity Straight Stairlift

  • Boasts a thin profile of only 11 ¾” when folded, allowing others  to easily use the staircase
  • The seat is able to swivel towards landing with manual and automatic options available
  • Has a Slide Track that moves up the stairs with the lift. This leaves the base of stairs unobstructed
    • Manual hinge also available

 

 

“Simplicity Plus” Straight Stairlift

Handicare Simplicity Plus Straight Stairlift

    • Boasts a thin profile of only 11 ¾” when folded, allowing others to easily use the staircase
    • The seat is able to swivel towards landing with manual and automatic options available
    • Has a Slide Track that moves up the stairs with the lift. This leaves the base of stairs unobstructed. Manual hinge also available
    • Has a powered footrest option so that there is no need to bend to fold it up
    • Fully adjustable Smart Seat fits the user’s width and height for max comfort
      • Available in 6 colors
      • Upholstery is easy to clean & flame retardant

 

1000 Straight Stairlift

Handicare 1000 Straight Stairlift shown with seat in the elevated "Perch" setting, that allows users to safely use the stairlift without having to bend.

  • Standard weight capacity is 350 lbs., while the 1000XXL is able to carry up to 440lbs
  • Can be installed and used either indoor or outdoor
    • Made of UV & weather protected materials
    • Comes with a waterproof cover
  • Perch Seat – This type of seat is ideal for users who have limited range of motion in their hips and or knees. The seat has a low profile that keeps the user safe and secure, without needing to bend.
  • Can be combined with a manual or powered hinge to prevent obstruction of doorways at the base of the stairs
  • The seat is able to swivel towards landing with manual swivel coming standard and the ability to upgrade to an automatic swivel option

Xclusive Straight Stairlift

Handicare Xclusive Straight Stairlift

  • Boasts gentle curves, modern lines and muted tones, which give this model a distinguished look that still offers a lot of comfort.
  • The elegant appearance effortlessly blends and fits in with any interior.
  • Unobtrusive and compact, this stairlift has been designed to maximize the open space on the stairs when folded.
  • The upholstery is removable, allowing it to be laundered if necessary.
  • Has the option for upgrading to a powered footrest

 

 

2000 Curved Stairlift

  • Can be installed and used either indoor or outdoor
    • Made of UV & weather protected materials
    • Comes with a waterproof cover
  • This model comes with a powered hinge, which folds up as the lift is ascending the stairs to prevent obstruction of doorways at the base of the stairs
  • There are a variety of seat options & track colors available. This means that we have the ability to custom color match the track so that it blends well with your home décor
  • Upgrade optional powered features to automatically:
    • Swivel seat towards landing
    • Fold up footrest
  • Perch Seat – This type of seat is ideal for users who have limited range of motion in their hips and or knees. The seat has a low profile that keeps the user safe and secure, without needing to bend.

Freecurve Single Rail Curved System

Handicare Freecurve Curved Stairlift

  • Perfect Solution for every staircase:
    • Inside curve
    • Outside curve
    • Multiple floors
  • Tailor Made Solutions:
    • Made to measurement
    • Use Photo Survey tech to get accurate measurements
    • Multiple rail end variations for the top and bottom of the stairs
  • This model has a joystick, instead of a toggle, which can be placed on either the left or right.
  • Has a powered footrest option so that there is no need to bend to fold it up
  • “Drop Nose” option saves from having to fit hinged track at the base of stairs
  • Automatic Folding Hinge folds up the base section of the track as the user ascends the stairs. This avoids any obstruction at the base of stairs (eg. If there is a doorway)
  • For users with limited knee flexion or narrower stairwells, the Freelift’s 45° downward facing seat and special footplate is a wonderful option.
  • Multiple railing colors available to match home décor.
  • The Freelift Curved Stairlift also offers 3 different seat styles, that each come in a variety of colors.

 

Our Certified Aging in Place Specialist can work with you, your loved ones and therapists to help you decide which stairlift will work best for your needs. Contact us for more information.

 

Sources:

“Home Safe Homes Services.” Home Safe Homes, 2018, homesafehomes.com/services/#stair-lifts.

“Stairlifts Archives.” Handicare, Handicare Accessibility, www.handicareusa.com/product-category/stairlifts/.

3 Ways to Reduce Invisible Risks Around Your Home

We often do a great deal of work to protect our families from dangers both inside and outside of our homes. However, we sometimes overlook one of the best ways to look out for our family – by examining the invisible risks around our home.

But how can you reduce your risk for dangers you can’t see? A great place to start is by addressing common household issues such as contaminants, media access, and emergency preparedness.

In this third article of our three-part series, we explore ways to protect your family with tips for reducing invisible risks around your home.

 

Contaminants

You can take concrete steps to protect your home from invisible contaminants such as carbon monoxide, radon, mold, and lead. For example, installing carbon monoxide alarms on each floor of your home and outside each sleeping area will help ensure a safe environment for everyone occupying your home.

Be sure to evaluate your home for mold, radon, and lead content, which can go undetected for long periods of time and lead to chronic illness when left unchecked. It’s important to eliminate the presence of any of these hazards in your home for the sake of your family’s health.

 

Media

Our homes these days are subject to a constant influx of media content through television airwaves, cable, satellite, and Internet access. You can protect your loved ones from access to unwelcome media content by installing quality Internet filters and proactively managing your children’s access to Internet and texting. Similar filters are available for televisions.

For families eager to maintain a healthy relationship with screen time, consider incorporating a service to control the amount of access you have to your devices overall.

 

Emergencies

Emergencies can happen any time, and taking steps to reduce your risk and improve your access to help can boost your chances of coming out safe and sound.

First, whether it’s a mobile phone or land line, ensure you have a working phone at all times. Keep telephone numbers for local police, fire, hospital, medical support, and poison control accessible for everyone inside your home, including babysitters.

Consider installing a home security system to alert you to intruders, and maintain regular contact with a neighbor, friend, or family member who can check in with you to ensure your wellbeing.

In addition, keep a supply of clean, fresh drinking water and non-perishable foods on hand in the event of a power outage or weather disaster. Emergencies tend to happen when they’re least expected, and your efforts to be prepared will help ensure your family is protected.

 

Safety is a priority for every generation and every family, and the invisible risks around our homes can be especially unsettling. With these simple steps, you can help protect your family’s security and wellbeing from unseen contaminants, unwanted media influences, and unexpected emergencies.

A little preparation can go a long way towards keeping your family safe and sound.