Tahoe chief’s corner: 8 fire safety, prevention tips for the fall season
November 4, 2015
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With fall in the air and temperatures becoming cooler, it's a good time to think about fall prevention safety and proactive steps we can take to make our homes safer as we spend more time indoors.
Below are eight tips to remember:
1: Keep stairs and walking areas free of electrical cords, shoes, clothing, books, magazines and other items.
2: Improve the lighting in and outside your home. Use night lights or a flashlight to light the path between your bedroom and the bathroom. Turn on the lights before using the stairs. See an eye specialist once a year — better vision can help prevent falls.
3: Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors. Have grab bars installed on the wall next to the bathtub, shower, and toilet if needed. Wipe up spilled liquids immediately.
4: Stairways should be well lit room both the top and the bottom. Have easy-to-grip handrails installed along the full length of both sides of the stairs.
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5: Be aware of uneven surfaces indoors and outdoors. If you must have scatter rugs, make sure they lay flat and do not slide when you step on them. Smooth out wrinkles and folds in carpeting. Be aware of uneven sidewalks and pavement outdoors. Ask a family member or friend to clear ice and snow from outside stairs and walkways and always use hand rails if available. Step carefully.
6: Wear sturdy, well-fitting low-heeled shoes with non-slip soles. They are safer than slippers, stocking feet, high heels or thick soled athletic shoes.
7: Take your time. Get out of chairs slowly. Sit a moment before you get out of your bed. Stand and get your balance before you walk. Be aware of your surroundings.
8: Exercise regularly to build strength and improve your balance and coordination. Ask your doctor about the bet physical exercise for you.
For more information on fall prevention, visit http://www.nfpa.org.
"Chief's Corner" is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.