Eliminate Hazards & Clutter to Increase Safety in the Home

The following pages contain checklists to help in the quest to make your home more vision impairment friendly. Many of the home safety modification recommendations are low or no-cost, and are necessary to execute in the name of injury prevention, fall reduction & overall safety.

It is crucial to eliminate clutter by disposing of unnecessary items and putting items where they belong when finished using them. To begin  this process, start by looking down on the ground. Look at the floors in the home, room-by-room and section-by-section and remove all objects in pathways. All small throw rugs and throw carpets should be eliminated–they are major tripping hazards. Alternatives such as 5/16” pile non-skid mats with heavy rubber backing can be used for entry doorways.

Any bathroom mats must have efficient non-skid backing. Non-skid backing can wear over time, so test backing quality to ensure the non-skid side is still working properly. Remove area rugs altogether as they can can curl up or can slip around. If you insist on keeping a valuable area rug, ensure rug is either taped down or tacked down to prevent corners or edges from curling up.

Tables that have sharp edges or sharp corners should be removed and replaced. All worn carpeting and floor covering that is bubbled, wrinkled, frayed or stretched out of shape should be replaced. Large furniture pieces should be moved out of the main traffic areas. Floor lamps and small items should be kept out of walkways. Position electrical cords close to baseboards and out of walkways. Use a floor cord cover (rubber duct cord cover or cable shield cord cover) if a cord must cross a walkway. Pick up shoes, clothes, books and other items that one could trip over. Establish a place for everything, and always put away all objects when finished using them.

These simple strategies will not only eliminate hazards and clutter, but will also make the home safer and reduce the potential risk of falls. BE RELENTLESS in the quest to eliminate clutter and hazards and to promote home safety. Use the attached checklist to help with this process, and visit https://visuallyfit.com for additional information.

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