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