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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.

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