Home Safety

Written by Norene Anderson
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Home safety is an issue that every family should take seriously regardless of the age of the occupants. Some of the common items on a safety checklist include smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. House numbers should be clearly seen from the street to assist emergency personnel in finding the home easily. The thermostat on the hot water heater should be set at no higher than 125°F. Throw rugs should be removed or secured to the floor to prevent slipping and falling.

All of these are important for the safety of all occupants, but particularly for homes with elderly or physically challenged. When all precautions are taken, there is still the concern about safety. What if the occupant fell and was unable to get to a phone to call for help? The fear and concern can be put to rest by simply investing in some type of medical alert system.

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The simplicity of use makes it possible for any invalid or elderly person to have the security of a monitoring device with them 24 hours a day, every day of the week. It may be a pendant worn around the neck as a necklace, or it may be worn as a watch. Some prefer a 911 cell phone with one button to push to summon emergency help. The devices are registered with the monitoring service so the system personnel can know who is calling and where they are located.

Emergency help can be dispatched within seconds after receiving notification from the wearer. The list of contacts is pre-determined and in a database along with other pertinent information about the subscriber. Once a call has been initiated, the operator will stay in contact with the injured until help has arrived on the scene.

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