Bedroom Safety and Older Adults


  • senior-woman-shutterstock_126288092Install UL Listed smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms outside every sleeping area and near fuel-burning appliances.
  • Install fresh batteries in smoke detectors and CO alarms at least once a year.
  • Develop and practice a fire escape plan for your household. Every family member should know at least two ways out of each room.
  • Test smoke detectors and CO alarms regularly and clean them as indicated in the use and care booklet. Hard-wired units, defined as those permanently wired into a home’s electrical system, should be tested monthly. Battery-operated units should be tested weekly.
  • Make sure the area around the bed is clear of items that could cause tripping, including electrical and telephone cords, rugs, and runners.
The above is an excerpt from the article, “Older adult safety tips by room.” For more information, please visit


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