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Home Safety & Maintenance

Tips on All Around the House from Meeting Lifes Challenges

A safer, well maintained home is a more accessible home. The tips and products in this section will help you make your home safer.

For more tips, products, and strategies for making your home safer and more accessible, see "Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier," by Shelley Peterman Schwarz, available at a library or bookstore near you or at Amazon.com.

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Use ice tips on your cane or crutches for safer winter walking
  If you or a loved one use a cane or crutches to get around, keep from slipping on ice...

Good lighting reduces fatigue and the risk of accidents.
  Good under-cabinet lighting reduces fatigue in the kitchen...

Remove adhesive labels or stickers with mayonnaise
  To remove persistent adhesives from mirrors, glass, or chrome without noxious fumes...

Show all family members where the main water shut off valve is located
  Show all family members where the main water shut-off valve is located

Touchless faucets turn water on and off automatically
  A faucet with an electric eye that senses hands in front of it and turns the water on and off automa..

Shutting off the electricity in your home
  Show family members where the fuse box or circuit breaker is located in your home

Winter Safety – Preventing Falls
  For older adults, falls often lead to giving up living independently. Here are a few ways to reduce ..

Fire Prevention Week - Teach Fire Safety at Home
  It's Fire Prevention Week. Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares ways to prevent fires and what to in case..

Use plastic clothes baskets as toy boxes
  Plastic clothes baskets are lightweight and inexpensive "toy chests."

Replace lightbulbs before winter arrives
  Change lightbulbs BEFORE they burn out.

Mark hot water faucet with a dab of red polish
  Remembering which is the hot water faucet

Keep children and confused adults from getting locked in
  Take a piece of tape and put it...

Use dishwashing liquid to get unstuck
  When you get into a tight situation, dishwashing liquid may help you "get unstuck."

Use your car's key fob to summon help
  Activating the car alarm on your key fob will scare away intruders.

Keep your address and phone number affixed to each phone in your home
  Keep your address and phone number affixed to each phone

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