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.
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.
- Use nonskid pads under all rugs.
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