Use the last sunrays of autumn to prepare for staying safe during colder weather. Here’s how:
- Leer at leaves. Piles of leaves can hide potential fall hazards. It’s also easy to slip on wet leaves, even while wearing rubberized soles. Be sure to remove leaves regularly from porches, sidewalks, walkways and curbs.
- Detect danger. Check your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries in these devices each fall and test them to make sure they’re working. House fires are much more common during colder weather and often are due to faulty home appliances or wiring, plus defective home detectors.
- Choose your shoes. In addition to getting sweaters and jackets ready to layer when you’re headed outdoors, be sure you have non-skid shoes and boots with plenty of traction to prevent slips and falls in frosty weather.
- Fix furnace and flues. Make an appointment now for an HVAC pro to check your furnace and ensure it has clean filters. If your house has a fireplace, also get the chimney inspected to prevent dangers like flue fires.
- Harness help. Even if you still like to shovel your own walks, working in cold weather can put you at higher risk for falls, having a heart attack and more. Before the first heavy snowfall, line up someone to shovel your driveway and walks, especially if you’re older. It may cost more than doing it yourself, but still is much cheaper than a trip to the ER!
If you or a loved one needs information about senior living options and the various levels of care provided by CHI Living Communities, including helping a parent stay safe and have their medications managed for them, please contact us. Visit www.HomeIsHere.org or call 567.455.0414.