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Poll: Smoke Detectors, Hand Rails Increase Feelings of Safety at Home

See how your home compares in an AARP national poll

Your home should be a safe haven for you and your family. But is it as secure as it could be?

More than two-thirds of preventable injuries and deaths occur in home and community settings, according to the National Safety Council. Falls, for example, account for some 9 million trips to emergency rooms every year and are especially dangerous for older adults.

The AARP Bulletin teamed up with the independent research firm SSRS for a national poll on home safety. Here are the results.

See also: Make your house a home — for life.


Home Safety

How safe do you feel living in your home?

Very safe 74%
Somewhat safe 22
Somewhat unsafe 2
Very unsafe 1
Those 50 and older who say these safety features are important compared with those who say they have the features in their homes:

  Important Have
Working smoke detector on every floor 98% 92%

Fire extinguisher in kitchen

94 65
Well-lighted stairways
92 72

Handrails in stairways

91 67
Deadbolt locks on outside doors
90 83
Grab bars in bathtub or shower 77 48
Study of 1,021 adults age 18 and over conducted May 23-27, 2012.


For some tips on making your entire home safer — from preventing slips, trips and falls in the bathroom to reducing fire hazards — check out the “Safety at Home” section of the National Safety Council’s website and AARP’s own home safety checklists.

Also of interest: How to hire a contractor.

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