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June is the month of roses and pearls and safety awareness. Here are some tips on safety with common potential hazards. As always, paying attention to what you’re doing in each moment is the best way to prevent problems!
- Know what each medication looks like, what you take it for, potential side effects, and whether it’s safe to use nutritional supplements or alcohol with your medications.
- Have a system for remembering when to take your medication (bubble-packs or med boxes are great for organizing multiple meds).
- Don’t borrow or share medications.
- Safely dispose of outdated meds (there is a medication drop-box at the Lacey Police Department).
- Review your meds with your doctor at least annually.
- Keep floors uncluttered and clean of spills.
- Maintain good lighting so you can read cooking and stove/oven instructions.
- Keep sharp knives separate from other utensils, preferably in a knife block.
- Never leave food unattended when cooking.
- Keep a small fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- Check expiration dates and visually inspect food for signs of mold before consuming.
- Do not eat perishable food that has been left out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.
- Wash your hands and cutting boards thoroughly with soap and warm water after handling raw meats. Dispose of food that has been in contact with raw meat juices.
- Make sure your eyesight and hearing are in excellent condition – see your doctor for vision/hearing screening at least annually.
- Consult with your doctor regarding medications and health conditions that may impact your alertness, reaction time, and ability to drive safely.
- Be a defensive driver. Pay attention to traffic around you so you can avoid accidents.
- If you ride a bike, wear highly-visible clothes, use flashing lights on your bike, and watch out for distracted drivers.
General Home Safety:
- Do not stand on stepstools or chairs.
- Use motion-activated nightlights throughout your home.
- Get up slowly from lying down or sitting.
- Use an assistive device (walker or cane) if you have any balance issues or weakness.
- Ensure there is no clutter, cords, or throw rugs on your floors.
- Do not move or turn quickly, especially to answer the phone or door.
- Be aware of your pet’s whereabouts – pets are quick and quiet tripping hazards.
Marla LeFevre, RN
Director of Health Services