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Stillwater Medical Home Health

Home Safety Guidelines

FIRE RESPONSE:

  • Call 911 or emergency number for your area.
  • Use smoke detectors near all bedrooms and on every floor of your home.
  • Keep fire extinguishers in the home, especially in high risk areas such as kitchen.
  • Plan a place to meet outside the home if you have to evacuate for a fire.
  • Plan at least 2 exit paths from each room of your home in case of a fire.
  • Heat your home safely. Keep portable heaters at least 3 feet away from people and objects.
  • Install carbon monoxide detector for extra protection.
  • Never smoke in bed.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE:

  • What is your fire plan? Where will you exit? Where will you meet?
  • Where will you take cover if a tornado warning occurs?
  • Keep emergency telephone numbers for fire, ambulance, and police close to or on each phone.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY:

  • Check electrical cords for wear. Discard all cords that are frayed or have exposed wires.
  • Ground all 3-pronged plug adapters. 

OXYGEN USE:

  • Place “No Smoking” sign on all entrances to your home. The company that provides your oxygen can provide you with these signs.
  • Do NOT use more than 50 feet of tubing between the oxygen source and the patient.
  • Do NOT place oxygen tanks within 1.5 feet of windows, doors or other items.
  • Do NOT allow open flames such as pilot lights or gas stoves or water heaters within 12 feet of any oxygen equipment or tubing.
  • Place the telephone number of your electric company on or at every telephone. Call them immediately if you experience a power outage.

MEDICATION:

  • Store all medications out of the reach of children.
  • Secure the caps on medication bottles.
  • Store syringes behind a closed door and do not talk to others about the fact that you have syringes in your home.
  • Never expose medications, in or out of bottles, to sunlight.
  • Set a med planner to organize medicines and to indicate when they should be taken.

INFECTION PREVENTION:

  • All caregivers need to wear gloves when handling blood or body fluids.
  • Do laundry regularly and change soiled linens promptly.
  • Ask your home health provider about disposing of syringes and other wastes.
  • Practice good personal hygiene, especially hand-washing.
  • Properly store foods. Check expiration date.