thinking about staying healthy, your home may seem like
the safest place," says Mayo Clinic Health System
family physician Marie Morris. "A big part of being
healthy means preventing accidents and injuries in your
own home. In order to improve your well-being, consider
the following tips for reducing falls, lessening
household chemical incidents, properly managing
medications and disposing of sharps appropriately."
offers the following tips to make sure anyone who enters
your house protected from accidents:
are quite common, especially among the senior citizen
population and during the winter months. Here are a few
strategies to help you avoid slips and falls:
Light it up. Keep your house, inside and out, well lit.
Dark rooms and areas pose greater risks than spaces with
Remove clutter. Excess boxes, cords and rugs should be
stored in a safe place. These things, among others, are
all fall hazards.
Use support as needed. If you move around better with a
cane or walker, use that device. And make sure you have
hand railings, seating and nonslip treads throughout
your home, including in your bathroom and shower.
Wear practical shoes. Choose sturdy, well-fitting shoes
with skid-proof soles. High heels, sandals, slippers and
stocking feet can be a catalyst for falling.
Stay active. Physical activity keeps you moving and
enhances your strength, balance, coordination and
flexibility all of which help reduce falls.
Talk with your health care provider. Discuss medications
and health conditions that could possibly contribute to
falls. Additionally, cover your fall history and what
led to those incidents.
keep your medications in their original containers,
except for medications you choose to place in a daily
pill box. Use this pill box to assist with compliance,
and always store medication in a safe place. Never take
another persons medication, share your medications or
take more or less of a medication than directed. Dispose
of unused or unneeded controlled substances and all old
common and often overlooked danger at the homestead is
the common chemicals you have on shelves, benches and
countertops. Follow this advice when it comes to
Store chemicals in original containers. If thats not
an option, be sure to clearly label the bottle or can.
Keep cleaners and other toxins out of the reach of
Read warning labels.
Follow safety instructions.
Have the poison control center phone number available:
Properly dispose of expired, leaking or contaminated
Dont combine chemicals.
Keep chemicals far from food items.
Stay diligent about hand-washing after using cleaners
and other chemicals.
to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, sharps,
including needles, lancets and syringes, should be
stored in a sharps disposal container or a laundry
detergent bottle with a cap. Sharps disposal containers
are available for purchase at most pharmacies.
sharps at home by using an incinerating device or needle
cutter. Melted metal and remaining parts of syringes can
then be safely deposited in the garbage not the
recycling bin. Dispose of clipped needles at a sharps
collection site or via a sharps mail-back program.
these fall prevention, chemical handling, medication
management and sharps disposal tips in mind to ensure
you, your family and your visitors are safer in your
home," adds Morris.