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Weekly Maintenance for your Home

February – Week 06

Just like preventative maintenance on your car, if you take care of a few small items around the house every week, you can avoid many emergency breakdowns and expensive repairs.

INDOOR SAFETY is something we can deal with while it is too cold to work outdoors. Today I suggest checking out safety related to simply moving about the house, like things that could cause you to fall, or things that could help you to catch a fall.

Floor Coverings

Whether we are talking about rugs or door sills, transitions from one type of floor covering to another can be a cause for stumbling, especially if something has come loose or the edge of a rug has begun to roll up. Double sided rug tape can be used to lock down or control that rug that won't stay put. Make sure that any rugs on stairways are securely attached. If a sill plate or transition between two floor coverings appears to be cause for stumbling, study how to eliminate or smooth out the transition. This can be especially important if someone in the family has become less mobile over the last year. Check the Search tab above for more details on "Floor - Safety".

HAND RAILS

Check all hand rails in the house to be sure they are securely attached. If they are getting loose, fix them because although you rarely put much pressure on rails, if you stumble, it is a solid rail that will allow you to avoid falling. In the bathroom, as people become less mobile with age, you should be adding solid grab bars around both the toilet and the bathtub. Be sure these are screwed into at least one stud and are built sturdy. A flimsy towel rack can actually be dangerous near a tub because if you slip you go for the rack and put a lot of pressure on it. If it is not designed to catch you, it could actually make the fall worse because your hands are not going for the floor to protect you, they are busy pulling down a lousy towel rack. You can purchase secure grab bars that look good enough to use for towel racks. Check the Search tab above for more information on "Rails".