Medical Patient Center - Home Safety
1. Keep emergency
numbers close by.
1. ) Fire
2. ) Police
3. ) Ambulance
4. ) Electric Company
2. keep a phone close by
in case you have a problem.
1. ) a portable phone is
a good idea.
2. ) consider a help button
3. ask someone to check
on you every day.
4. keep emergency supplies on hand:
1. ) flashlights
2. ) portable radio
3. ) backup power supplies
4. ) canned foods
5. ) medicines and supplies
1. Do not take
medications unless your doctor tells you it is ok. Ask your doctor before
you take any over the counter medications.
2. Keep a list of your medication with you all the time. Include: name, how
many mg, how often you take it, and why you take this.
3. Read the information you drug store gives you about your medication. If
you do not understand, ask questions.
4. Check the expiration date on all the medications in your home every
5. Keep your medicine in a safe place.
6. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you think you may have any side effects
7. Do not stop or change your medicine unless your doctor tells you to do
8. Do not drink alcohol while taking medications.
9. Do not change the dose of your medication unless your doctor tells you
to. Poison control number is 1-800-462-0800.
1. Have a plan in case
1. ) plan at least 2
ways out of each room. b) pick a meeting place outside.
2. ) practice your plan.
2. Have smoke detectors
in your home with batteries that work. Test smoke detectors once a month.
3. Have fire extinguisher in the kitchen and any room with an open heat
system. know how to use the fire extinguisher.
4. Check your plugs and cords for fraying and overloaded outlets.
1. ) Replace cords and
outlets that are warm to touch.
2. ) Use 3 prong outlets for 3 prong cords.
3. ) Do not place cords under carpets or furniture legs.
4. ) Keep electrical appliances unplugged when not in use.
5. ) Keep electrical away from the sink, tub and shower areas.
5. Use light bulbs with
the correct wattage.
6. Heat your home safely.
1. ) Keep heaters away
from curtains, furniture, and rugs.
2. ) Have heaters, fire places and chimneys regularly cleaned and
3. ) Never dry clothes on heaters.
4. ) Never leave heaters or fires unattended.
7. Safe Cooking:
1. ) never leave food
2. ) do not reach across front burners with loose sleeves.
3. ) do not place pot holders near eyes of stove.
8. Smoking Safety: it is
best not to smoke but if you or someone in your home do;
1. ) Never smoke in bed.
2. ) Do not smoke with or around oxygen.
3. ) Never leave smoking materials unattended.
4. ) Do not throw out smoking materials if they are hot or burning.
9. If oxygen is in use,
place a no smoking sign on your door.
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