Monday, October 15, 2012


Keep your home safe during the holidays, and year-round

The holidays are near, and that means friends and family might be coming to visit. Or, you might have an elderly parent moving in. Or maybe even a new addition to the family.

Whether your visitors are elderly or infants, you want your home to be safe.

Here are five home safety tips, gathered during my many years as a home care nurse:

•  Buy or make a good-quality first-aid kit
•  Install smoke and CO2 protectors
•  If the person is old enough, and especially if elderly, make sure he or she has a cell phone to always keep within reach with important numbers on speed dial
•  Keep walkways and stairs clear

... and my personal pet peeve

•  Get rid of all scatter rugs. I've always called them "hip-breakers."

Then you can relax and enjoy having Grandma safely involved in the family's everyday life.

Alice Facente is a community education nurse for the Backus Health System. To comment on this column or others, visit the Healthy Living blog at or e-mail Ms. Facente or any of the Healthy Living columnists at

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