How To Make A Home Safe For Babies And Seniors

Mary Ann Sawyers - How to make a home safe for babies and seniors - Victoria, Texas

A happy home is a safe home. If there are babies or senior citizens living in yours, there are several things you can do to make it as safe as possible.


~ Use safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases.

~ Cover electrical outlets with plastic caps.

~ Tightly close containers with cleaning supplies, detergents, and paint, and move them to top cabinet shelves. Move sharp objects and suffocation hazards to top drawers.

~ Secure the oven door and refrigerator with appliance latches.

~ Add cushioned guards to sharp-cornered surfaces.

~ Move furniture away from windows.

Use doorstops and door holders to prop doors open.

~ Mark sliding glass doors and other expanses of glass with colorful stickers.



​~ Ensure flooring has a good grip. Remove small rugs and other tripping hazards, and place carpet or rubber flooring over slippery floors.

Remove electrical cords or cables that lie across pathways.

Place light switches near room entrances, and place motion-sensor nightlights around the home.

Install handrails in the bathroom and along stairways.

Keep fire extinguishers easily accessible throughout the home.

Replace the bathtub with a walk-in shower, and place a suction-bottomed bathroom mat in the shower.

~ Place commonly used items in eye-level cabinets and cupboards so they can be easily reached.

Wishing you and your family a Safe and Happy New Year!