Home safety is always a concern. So we looked to the wisdom of Martha Stewart for ideas and advice on making our homes secure. Below are the rules Stewart lives by, excerpted from "Living The Good Life: A Practical Guide To Caring for Yourself and Others," a handbook for living your healthiest life after 40. The guide contains tips from doctors and specialists on nutrition, fitness, wellness, home, organizing and more, and we'll be sharing a selection of Stewart's tips for a stress-free environment.
Follow these tips from the Home Safety Council, a national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home injuries, to make your home a true safe haven.
- Use nonskid pads under all rugs.
- Make sure stairs are well lit, with light switches at top and bottom.
- All railings should go from the top to the bottom of the staircase and be easy to grab, at 36 to 39 inches from floor.
- Doors should have easy-to-grip leveraction handles instead of round knobs.
- Furniture arrangements need wide paths for traffic, clear of cords and other trip hazards.
- Keep a lamp or flashlight within easy reach of your bed.
- Install smoke detectors on every level and near sleeping areas so you’ll hear them anywhere in the house; change batteries twice a year. (Battery-operated alarms can now be connected by wireless technology so you don’t have to worry about batteries going dead.)
- Keep electrical and telephone cords out of walkways.
- Arrange items in closets and cupboards so they are easy to reach.
- Install night-lights for better visibility in the dark.
- Place a slip-proof rug next to the bathtub and a rubber mat or nonskid texture strips inside the tub or shower.
- Replace glass shower doors with nonshattering material.
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