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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!

The Benefits of Vertical Platform Lifts and Ceiling Lifts

Vertical Platform Lifts

EX-Access PASSPORT Lift being used by a client and his wife, while their children watch

 

Home Safe Homes is proud to partner with EZ-Access, and to be able to offer and install their PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift. Our trained professionals can install these lifts to fit your needs and do so efficiently.

The PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift (VPL) takes access safety to the next level, delivering a smooth, quiet ride to your next destination. This VPL is most commonly used by individuals who have limited mobility and is the perfect solution for any difficult pathway, porch, or platform (EZ-ACCESS). There are multiple platform configurations and lift heights which make it possible to customize this lift to meet your unique needs.

The sturdy aluminum construction of the PASSPORT® makes it the lightest residential platform lift on the market. This VPL weighs in at fewer than 400 pounds, which is an estimated 300 pounds lighter than similar steel units. The PASSPORT® features Plug-N-Play Wiring Technology that is waterproof and will not corrode, making it both user-friendly, and the preferred lift of technicians and installers (EZ-ACCESS).

There are a number of safety features for the PASSPORT® that make it more accessible and secure. The Undercarriage Platform Safety Pan has an obstruction detector that requires less than 15 pounds of pressure to stop the lift (EZ-ACCESS). When the lift is stopped by an obstruction it will remain operational in the upward direction, but the obstruction or object must be removed to continue traveling downward. The PASSPORT® is made universally accessible using a self-adjusting 24-inch entry ramp that can be built on either end of the platform. When the lift rises, the ramp prevents any accidental travel off the platform by folding upward to provide an added safety measure (EZ-ACCESS).

Image of EZ-Access PASSPORT Control Box. This images shows that there are 3 controls available: Up, Down, and Emergency Stop; along with a keyslot to turn the Lift on and off.The PASSPORT is multi-positional with a keyed operation. It features large, mushroom head control switches (including an emergency stop) that require very little pressure and are easy to use, regardless of motor skills. High-visibility LED indicator lights have been arranged on the control box allow for easy troubleshooting, which leads to fewer service calls. The PASSPORT® is ETL certified*, independently tested and approved for product safety (EZ-ACCESS). Each PASSPORT® comes with a 2-year warranty and is made in the USA.

 

 

 

*ETL Certified:

The PASSPORT has been tested and approved by a nationally accredited testing laboratory, assuring continued compliance with the applicable regulatory and safety standards throughout North America. The ETL Certification Mark is recognized and accepted proof of third-party inspection, testing, and certification. (EZ-ACCESS)

Ceiling Lifts

As an authorized dealer of Molift Hoists and Slings, Home Safe Homes has access to products designed to give caregivers the best support and an optimal environment (“Home Safe Homes Services”).

The Benefits of Ceiling Lifts

Home Safe Homes is a licensed installer and dealer of the Molift Rail System: the flexible ceiling hoist system (“Molift Rail System”).

This railing system solves all hoisting needs of people with disabilities and is the ideal solution for assisting caregivers.

It’s a cost-effective solution for institutions, hospitals, private, and nursing homes. The Molift Rail System is easily customized to suit the design and construction of the room it is being installed in.

Caregiver Health Matters

Home Safe Homes is proud to work with Molift to supply equipment that facilitates handling and moving while reducing the need for heavy manual lifting and handling (“Home Safe Homes Services”).

Molift is a part of etac®, a world-leading developer of ergonomic mobility aids that aim to improve their users’ activity levels regardless of physical condition. They offer state-of-the-art products for countless care situations, for people of all ages. Molift products are designed to give their users’ a better life while delivering caregivers with unsurpassed support and ideal environments to work in. Molift creates solutions that improve caregivers’ quality of life, which leads to healthier caregivers who have more energy to provide attention, love, and care.

As an authorized Molift dealer, we have one mission: To help protect caregivers’ health so that they can provide their clients with the best care possible.

Configurations

There are four main configurations that this extremely adaptable ceiling hoist system is built in:

Single Rail System

Molift Single Rail System displayed in a client's bedroom.Available in straight rail and/or curved rails that provide simple and effective patient transfers for the most common lifting situations (“Molift Rail System”)

 

 

 

 

 

Traverse Rail System

Molift Rail System Traverse SwitchCovers the whole lifting area independent of furnishing or equipment changes in the room and is the most flexible option (“Molift Rail System”).

 

 

 

 

 

Room-to-Room Transfer

molift rail system single rail through doorwayWhen a transfer is needed from one room to another or from one rail system to the next, Molift can provide room-to-room function (climbing), switch systems, or continuing rail systems through doorways, etc. (“Molift Rail System”).

 

 

 

 

Freestanding Hoist Units

Molift-Smart-150. A freestanding patient transfer optionThe best alternative when the lifting need is temporary or when the facility is not built for permanent installations is a free standing option. (“Molift Rail System”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you need assistance getting from one level to the next, from wheelchair to bed, or room-to-room Home Safe Homes has got you covered. Contact us for more information or to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sources:

EZ-ACCESS. Modular Ramps & Stairs | EZ-ACCESS, 2018, www.ezaccess.com/products/passport-vertical-platform-lifts.

 

Home Safe Homes, 2018, www.homesafehomes.com/services/

 

Molift Rail System | Etac.com, Etac, 2018, www.etac.com/products/hoists-and-slings/ceiling-hoists/molift-rail-system/.

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.

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.