As we close 2010 and move to 2011, many people will start the year with some resolutions. If you want to lose 20 pounds or really commit to making it to the gym next year, those plans will contribute to your health and well being. But how about adding a few resolutions related to your home? Here are a number of suggestions for areas that can make your home safer for you and your family next year.
To begin with, consider your home’s lighting. Outdoors, having entrances and walkways well lit at night keeps family and visitors safer. Do you have good lighting to show any steps or other obstacles? What about inside? Are your stairs and hallways lit well at night? What steps can you take to fix any problems?
Next, check your flooring safety. Are all of your thresholds smooth – particularly on the transitions from one type of flooring to another? Do people tend to trip? What about area rugs? Do they tend to slide when people step on them? Do you have bathroom or kitchen floors that get a bit slick when wet? Maybe this is the year to correct any areas of concern before they cause a problem for family or friends.
How about adding safety bars in your bathrooms for assistance as people get in or out of showers and baths. These are particularly helpful for children and older adults. Safety bar options are much more attractive than they were years ago, and they can reduce the risk of falling when getting in our out of a tub or shower stall.
Finally, how much attention do you pay to safety instructions provided with any new products you bring into your home? Take the time to read and follow those recommendations, and you can reduce the risk of accidents for you and your family in 2011.