The holidays are just around the corner, and so is winter, and that means it’s time to begin thinking about senior home safety tips. It doesn’t matter whether or not your loved one is going to be spending the holidays with you at your home or alone in their own, these safety tips are important to consider for just about everyone who has an elderly loved one.
The first, and perhaps the most important, has to do with festival lights. Whether it’s a Christmas tree that your loved one is planning to put up, a menorah, or just fake candles in the windows, there are a few things to consider. First, if the candles are real, then there are some obvious considerations that should be made. You don’t want the candles to be placed anywhere near drapery or fabrics that can be ignited. If you place fake candles in the windows, make sure that curtains, drapes, or even blinds are not touching or near them because even the low wattage bulbs can burn fabric and start a fire.
Another thing to think about is personal heaters, such as electric or kerosene. Many people use kerosene heaters as a way to try and save some money on heating their home, yet this can cause fires and even carbon monoxide poisoning if they aren’t clean or used in a well-ventilated area. If your loved one is planning on using any type of personal heating unit, make sure that they will be safe when doing so. Don’t allow then to keep an electric heater close to couches or their bed because if they fall asleep with it on, it could potentially lead to a fire. In order to understand this aspect of fires is to realize that flames don’t cause fires. Combustion point does. When something is heated up to its combustion temperature, then it can catch fire. A small electric heater that is close to certain fabrics can cause them to ignite.
One more thing that you should take into consideration when it comes to winter and senior home safety is to ensure that their home and walkways will be clear of snow. Even if your loved one prefers to take care of the snowfall on their own, you should check on them throughout each snowfall. Anything more than a couple of inches can put their safety at risk, so be ready to help out, or have a snow removal company ready to step in when needed.