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Overlooked Home Safety Modifications

The Freedom Mobility


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- Jill Layton Alperstein

When it comes to ensuring the safety of our homes, we often focus on the basics, such as smoke detectors, locks, and alarms. However, there are several lesser-known home safety modifications that can make a significant difference in creating a secure and comfortable living environment. Take some time to look at these often-overlooked home safety modifications that deserve your attention.


Overlooked Home Safety Modifications


Slip-Resistant Flooring

Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of home injuries, especially among older adults. Installing slip-resistant flooring in areas prone to moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen, can greatly reduce the risk of accidents. Look for flooring materials that have a textured surface to provide better traction, even when wet. This modification is not only practical but also aesthetically pleasing, as slip-resistant flooring comes in various attractive designs.


Anti-Scald Devices

Burn injuries from hot water are more common than you might think. Anti-scald devices, such as temperature-regulating valves, can be installed in faucets and showerheads to prevent water from becoming excessively hot. This not only safeguards against burns but also helps maintain a consistent water temperature, enhancing overall bathing safety and comfort for all family members.


Motion-Activated Lighting

Proper lighting is a crucial aspect of home safety, especially in areas with high foot traffic. Consider installing motion-activated lighting in hallways, staircases, and entryways. These lights turn on automatically when they detect motion, ensuring that you never have to fumble for a light switch in the dark. Not only does this prevent accidents, but it can also deter potential intruders by illuminating the exterior of your home.


Window Safety Film

Windows can be vulnerable points in your home’s security. Window safety film is a cost-effective modification that strengthens windows and prevents them from shattering easily. In the event of an impact, the film holds the glass together, reducing the risk of injury from shattered glass. Additionally, window safety film can help protect your home from severe weather, providing an added layer of security.


Accessible Outlets and Switches

Many homes have outlets and light switches that are poorly placed or difficult to reach, especially for individuals with mobility challenges. Consider rearranging your furniture to ensure that outlets and switches are easily accessible. You can also install remote-controlled or voice-activated smart outlets and switches to make turning lights on and off more convenient. These modifications not only enhance safety but also contribute to the overall usability of your living space.


Carbon Monoxide Detectors

While many homes have smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors are often overlooked. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that can be deadly if it builds up indoors. Install carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas and common spaces to alert you if dangerous levels of this gas are present. This simple addition can provide peace of mind and save lives.


We’re Here to Help

Home safety goes beyond the standard measures we often think of. Overlooked home safety modifications can significantly enhance your living environment’s security, comfort, and accessibility. Freedom Mobility can help create a safer and more protective home for you and your loved ones. From slip-resistant wheelchair ramps to grab bars, we have everything you need to make your home safer. Contact us today to learn more.