There are lots of changes you can do to your home to improve safety, security, and comfort. Find out how certain simple repairs can establish comfortable, injury-free, and independent home safety. Start with this list of improvements you can make easily and for free or at low cost.
Free home improvement
- Open the curtains and blinds at daytime to bring more natural light into the home.
- Route electrical, computer tables and telephone against the wall so that no one trips on it.
- Remove all cables under carpeting or furniture to prevent the occurrence of fire.
- Clean the clutter from stairs and hallways to avoid stumbling and falling.
- Set the water heater to 49°C to save energy and avoid burns.
- Remove rugs and clutter that can cause falls.
- Put everything you often use in an accessible place.
- Make sure stair rugs are securely attached.
- Position the furniture where there is ease of passage.
- Establish a fire escape plan.
- Omit debris from outside aisles.
- Trim the shrubs for a clear view from both the doors and the windows.
Low-cost home improvements
- Improve lighting by using the voltage or compact fluorescent lights suitable for your devices or lamps.
- Place night bulbs on hallways and in the bathroom.
- Utilize a rubber bath mat with suction pads, non-slip stripes, or adhesive plates in the shower or tub.
- Position a self-adhesive or double-sided tape under the carpets to avoid movement.
- Use easy-to-use rocker switches to substitute the traditional light switches.
- Place a multipurpose fire extinguisher in an accessible area near the kitchen and oven to be prepared for mishaps like a kitchen fire.
- Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors on every floor of the house, and most importantly next to the bedrooms.
- Install handrails on both sides of the ladder to prevent falls.
- Instead of knobs, put lever handles, easy to grasp, on every door.
- Install an adjustable hand shower for comfortable bathing.
- Install easy-to-use lever faucets in sinks, bathtubs, and showers. Some valves have anti-scald protection that is built-in.
- Place a solid seat in the shower or tub for safety and comfort.
- Place grab bars near toilets, bathtubs, and showers, which will make it much easier to sit and stand up.
- Install compensating hinges on every door to widen the opening by two inches and make access easier, if necessary.
- Install security peepholes on exterior doors at a comfortable height to identify anyone who might enter the house.
- Install photo-sensitive switches on the porch or entrance, which will turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn. You can also install timers on the interior switches of porch lights or posts.
- Install external reflectors activated through motion sensors and illuminate the road to discourage thieves.
- It would be best to have a professional install these products.