Springtime Safety Tips From The Tewksbury Police
Mar 06, 2016 06:54PM
● By Bill Gilman
Springtime is the perfect time to perform a complete safety review of your home. Please consider these areas of concern to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Smoke/CO2 Detectors- In conjunction with your spring cleanup, it is a good idea to change the batteries in each smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in your senior’s home. Test the operation of each alarm and ensure that fire extinguishers are within reach and ready to operate.
Furniture- A thorough walk-through of the house once a year can uncover any furniture that is becoming unsafe. If it is not sturdy enough for use, make sure it is repaired or removed. Don’t forget about outdoor furniture as well.
Medical Alerts- Many seniors have medical alert jewelry or an emergency button to keep with them. If something has been lost or new medical information makes an alert necessary, you can order the identification that is needed.
Emergency Plan- It may seem like overkill to review an emergency safety plan each year with your loved ones, but having it fresh in mind help will help avoid panic if an emergency does occur. Talk about escape routes in case of fire and who to call when emergencies occur. Display a contact list near the telephone.
Flooring- Tiles chip, vinyl peels, and rugs begin to curl. Check the flooring and floor covers throughout the house to ensure that tripping hazards have not developed. A minor area of damage or unleveled floor could cause a serious fall if it is not repaired.
Railings- Secure railings are a must in the homes of seniors. As we age, we depend more and more upon the security that a sturdy railing provides as we go up and down stairs. If you can make a railing wobble, have it properly secured so that it does not become loose. Also consider other areas where a railing or grab bar may be needed.
Medication- Expired medication can be ineffective or unsafe if consumed. The Police Department has a kiosk available 24 hours a day 7 days a week in the lobby for disposal of unwanted or unused medication. This is also a great time to update medication and doctor lists so that your senior has a comprehensive and convenient medical file on hand.
The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org