11 Keep garbage and recycling in sealed bins, and empty
regularly to avoid attracting pests, which can carry
disease, says Bonnie Segal, a public health inspector
with AHS. Also keep your garbage bin clean and
uncluttered. “If you do get some pests, you’ll be able to
see them and deal with them,” she adds.
12 Know the products in your home. Keep chemicals in
their original containers so you can use them safely
and avoid creating chemical reactions. Store
chemicals, cleaning products and medications out
of children’s reach to prevent accidental poisoning,
13 Repair and seal any cracks in the walls and ceiling, and
insulate between the outside wall and drywall.
14 Add an exhaust fan, or open windows and the garage
door to improve air quality when you handle chemicals
or work on machines.
15 Install a grab bar in your shower or bath to help you
get in and out safely, recommends Emily Post with
Community Seniors, Addiction & Mental Health at AHS.
16 Use non-slip mats in and outside your bathtub or
shower stall to prevent falls. For more information on
preventing falls, visit findingbalancealberta.ca.
17 A nightlight in hallways and bathrooms makes it easier
to find the washroom at night. |a
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