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Health Tip: How to Protect Seniors From Injury

Health Tip: How to Protect Seniors From Injury

02/06/12

(HealthDay News) -- Creating a home safety checklist can help seniors prevent injuries and let them prepare if they happen to fall or hurt themselves.

The Cleveland Clinic offers these guidelines for seniors and their loved ones:

  • Start a list of emergency numbers -- including poison control, fire, police and the number of a neighbor.
  • Make sure there is always a phone within reach.
  • Install smoke detectors and check them regularly.
  • Don't use space heaters or electric blankets, as both may be fire hazards.
  • Install rails on stairways.
  • Eliminate tripping hazards, such as loose runners.
  • Use nightlights, and make sure all stairwells are well lit.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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