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Safety for Seniors

Extension Cords | Space Heaters | GFCIs | Fuses | Receptacle Outlets | Small Appliances | Bulbs | General Advice

 

EXTENSION CORDS

  • If one must be used, place it in a "No trip zone" and never under carpets or rugs.
  • Connecting multiple cords or using damaged ones may cause overheating and fires.

 

SPACE HEATERS

  • Keep heaters and fans at least 3 feet away from curtains and furniture.
  • An adapter must be used when plugging in a heater with a three-prong plug in a two-hole outlet.

 

GFCIs

  • To prevent shocks and death, GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupter) should be installed anywhere water and electricity can mix. Contact a qualified, certified electrician.

 

FUSES

  • When replacing blown fuses, always use the correct size to avoid causing a fire.

 

RECEPTACLE OUTLETS

  • Do not use outlets or switches that are hot to the touch. Call a qualified, certified electrician.

 

SMALL APPLIANCES

  • All power tools should have a three-prong plug.
  • Unplug small appliances when not in use (irons, toasters, etc.).
  • Do not tuck in or squeeze the wires on electric blankets.
  • Never go to sleep with a heating pad on or space heater turned on.

 

BULBS

  • Use the proper watt bulb called for by the lighting fixture.

 

GENERAL ADVICE

  • Place hearing aids next to the bed.
  • If clothing is on fire, "DON'T RUN! STOP, DROP & ROLL!"
  • Keep smoke detectors in working order by checking monthly and replacing batteries every six months.

 

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