Alert
Close

Watch the NASCAR race on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Join the Drive to End Hunger!

Introducing RealPad

The tablet with free 24/7 customer support. Learn More

You and Your Town Contest-You could win an AARP RealPad

 

 

 

 

AARP Auto Buying Program

 

 

America's Winter Escapes Sweepstakes

 

 

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

 

 

Military and Veterans Discount

 

 

 

New Book

Dating After 50: How to get back in the game

Dating After 50 For Dummies

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

Webinars

Sign up now for an upcoming webinar or find materials from a past session.

 

Home & Community Webinars

Family & Caregiving Webinars

Popular Articles

Viewed

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Poll: Are You a Real Techie?

Home Safety Checklists

Make Your Entrances and Exits Safe

Look around your home and answer these questions

Answer the following questions about your home. If you find problems, these solutions can help.

1. Are exterior pathways, porches and doorways well lit?

If the answer is no: Increase lighting along pathways and entryways. Install floodlights with motion sensors. Install photoelectric eyes in light fixtures so lighting will turn on automatically at dusk.

2. Are the walkways in good condition?

If the answer is no: Repair any holes, loose bricks, or uneven areas of pathways.

3. Are there handrails on both sides of the steps?

If the answer is no: Install dual handrails alongside the steps.

4. Are the doorknobs easy to use?

If the answer is no: Install lever door handles. (Note: Young children can also operate lever handles, so if you don't want them opening a door, you may need to lock the door.)

5. Are you able to identify who is at the front door without opening it?

If the answer is no: Install a peephole on the exterior door at the correct height for you.

6. Does the threshold of the door contribute to trips or falls?

If the answer is yes: Install a beveled, no step, no trip threshold. A contrasting color will make it easily visible for added safety. Place a bench or table beside the door to hold packages while you're opening the door.

7. Are there scatter or throw rugs near the doorways that may cause tripping or slipping?

If the answer is yes: Remove all scatter or throw rugs near the doorways and, while you're at it, throughout the house.

8. Is there any broken or uneven pavement on walkways or the driveway?

If the answer is yes: Repair any broken or uneven pavement on all walkways and the driveway.

9. Are any shrub or tree roots sticking out of the ground?

If the answer is yes: Remove any shrub or tree roots that could be tripped over.

10. Is there adequate lighting to get in and out of all entrances and exits, including the garage?

If the answer is no: Install bright lighting at all entrances and exits. If glare is an issue, choose bulbs that produce less glare. Consider floodlights with a motion sensor and/or photoelectric “eyes” in light fixtures.

You may also like: How to hire a contractor. >>

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.


Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Cereal

Members can download and print coupons for cereals from Kellogg's®.

Grocery Coupon Center

Members can print savings coupons at the Grocery Coupon Center powered by Coupons.com.

membership schwanns discount

Members get double Schwan’s rewards on all online orders from Schwan's Home Service™.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points