Safety For Older Consumers
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Each year, many older Americans are injured in and around their homes. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that in 1981, over 622,000 people over age 65 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with products they live with and use everyday. CPSC believes that many of these injuries result from hazards that are easy to overlook, but also easy to fix. By spotting these hazards and taking some simple steps to correct them, many injuries might be prevented. Fall prevention is a critical to reducing injuries and preventing hospitalizations associated with falls.
Use this checklist to spot possible safety problems which may be present in your home. Check YES or NO to answereach question. Then go back over the list and take action to correct those items that may need attention. Keep this checklist as a reminder of safe practices, and use it periodically to re-check your home.
This checklist is organized by areas in the home. However, there are some potential hazards that need to be checked in more than just one area of your home. These are highlighted at the beginning of the checklist and short reminders are included in each other section of the checklist.
Please click the following link to view or print the checklist. Older Consumers Home Safety Checklist
The following link is to the Certified Senior Adviser’s Consumer’s Guide to Home Safety - HomeSafetyforSeniorsGuide
This lik is to our fall prevention factors brochure Fall Factors
Another good resource is ADT’s Security Guide for Home and Property - http://yourlocalsecurity.com/home-property-security-guide