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Fire safety

  • Make sure all gas and electrical appliances are switched off or unplugged before you go to bed.
  • Close the kitchen, living room and bedroom doors before you go to bed. This will prevent fire from spreading if it breaks out while you are sleeping.
  • Before installing an air-conditioner, check its electrical rating to make sure that it will not overload an existing circuit. Maintain and clean your air-conditioner regularly as a clogged filter will result in an overloaded motor.
  • Avoid plugging more than one adapter into the same socket. Never connect too many plugs to the same socket.
  • Cords of electrical appliances should not be subject to foot traffic or the weight of furniture. Do not run them under rugs or carpets.
  • Do not place aerosol sprays in direct sunlight or near any heat source as they may explode. Always keep them in a cool, dry place.
  • Never place the heater too close to beds, settees or chairs. Do not dry your clothes on top of the heater.
  • Clean the water pumps and filters inside fishbowls regularly to prevent fire caused by overheating or short-circuit.
  • Stoves should be cleaned regularly to prevent grease from accumulating. They should be kept clear of combustibles such as waste paper.
  • Unplug the refrigerator and remove dust from the motor compressor area at regular intervals.

Avoid Falling Down

  • Clear up the mess on the aisle. Wrap cables properly to avoid getting tripped
  • Don’t use small carpet, or put rubber mat underneath the carpet
  • Put an eye-catching tape on the threshold
  • Don’t stand on folding chairs to reach high
  • Install responsive lighting in the bathroom to avoid being tripped over when going to toilet at night
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Avoid Slipping

  • Always keep the bathroom floor dry by installing an extractor fan or keeping the toilet and shower area separate
  • Use anti-slip materials for floor, walls and shower tub in the bathroom, or use anti-slip spray on tiles
  • Install safety rails near the shower area   
  • Put a rubber mat inside the bath cubicle, and install safety rails
  • Don’t wear excessively long trousers or oversize slippers
  • Mop off the water, oil and slippery objects immediately
  • At home, don’t walk just with socks. Wear anti-slip water-resistant flats
  • Put traction tapes on the stairs

Avoid Being Burnt

  • Don’t put inflammable materials near the stove
  • Keep the heater away from clothes, papers and plastics
  • Use an alarm clock to remind cooking time

Avoid Being Scalded

  • Keep pot handle and spout opposite to yourself to avoid the pot overturning
  • Keep hot-water bags half full to avoid spilling over, or use a warmer bag instead
  • The cup should have a sleeve or handle which can help to avoid overturning
  • Use a bowl with handle and cover to contain soup or noodles

Avoid Electricity Leakage

  • The switch should be big and easy to reach
  • Don’t touch the switch with wet hands
  • Use adaptors and extension units with on-off switch
  • Check electric appliances and cords for damage
  • Keep the appliances away from heat
  • Use genuine rechargeable batteries and adapters

Avoid Choking

  • Don’t talk, watch TV or newspaper while eating
  • Pick the bones in the food
  • Cook the food till soft and cut up into small pieces
  • Cut up big pills before swallowing
  • Don’t eat round, slick and sticky food

Avoid Heatstroke

  • Ensure indoor air flow during summer
  • Drink more water
  • Wear light colour clothes with permeable texture
  • Wear a hat or bring an umbrella when going out
  • Don’t stay too long under the sun

Avoid Hypothermia

  • Keep indoor warm
  • Eat hot food
  • Store high-calorie snacks at home
  • Have ready scarf, hat and shawl

Avoid Potential Risks of Furniture

  • Don’t step on folding chair or roller chair
  • Don’t install full-height glass panel to avoid confusing elderly
  • Don’t use glass top side table or dining table which might hurt elderly when broken

Avoid Wrong Intake of Medicines

  • Store and label parents’ medicines separately
  • Don’t put different types of medicines in the same bottle
  • Always check the expiry date of medicines
  • Don’t take pills in the dark
  • Be mindful of the recommended dosage, side effect and contraindication of medicines

Avoid Sharp Tools

  • Don’t leave sharp tools on the table; always put on the cap after use
  • Put knives in knife blocks in the kitchen after use
  • Use corner proof to avoid being hurt

Avoid Mess

  • Keep clear on aisles and stairs
  • Avoid moving the location of furniture,  changing the floor colour or home environment for the sake of dementia elderly
  • Place daily articles such as glasses, denture, audiphones in particular and easily reached locations with clear labelling
  • Wrap up electric cords
  • Store items always in use in the middle level of the cabinet, those seldom used on the top, and heavy ones at the bottom

Good living habits

  • Keep your motion slow
  • Keep your body balanced while standing or walking
  • Stand or stretch yourself after sitting for some time
  • Always have a light and soft jacket or scarf with you on your bedside or while watching TV