Safety for Seniors
- If one must be used, place it in a "No trip zone" and never under carpets or rugs.
- Connecting multiple cords or using damaged ones may cause overheating and fires.
- Keep heaters and fans at least 3 feet away from curtains and furniture.
- An adapter must be used when plugging in a heater with a three-prong plug in a two-hole outlet.
- To prevent shocks and death, GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupter) should be installed anywhere water and electricity can mix. Contact a qualified, certified electrician.
- When replacing blown fuses, always use the correct size to avoid causing a fire.
- Do not use outlets or switches that are hot to the touch. Call a qualified, certified electrician.
- All power tools should have a three-prong plug.
- Unplug small appliances when not in use (irons, toasters, etc.).
- Do not tuck in or squeeze the wires on electric blankets.
- Never go to sleep with a heating pad on or space heater turned on.
- Use the proper watt bulb called for by the lighting fixture.
- Place hearing aids next to the bed.
- If clothing is on fire, "DON'T RUN! STOP, DROP & ROLL!"
- Keep smoke detectors in working order by checking monthly and replacing batteries every six months.