We might all be guilty of putting off those dreaded cleaning days while we are staying nice and warm through the winter. As Spring approaches and we are getting ready to open those windows and let the breeze blow through, here are a few of our tips to keep you safe while cleaning away the winter doldrums and cobwebs!
- Lets clean out the clutter! Too much “stuff” can create dangerous places in the home for trips and falls. Make sure you have a clear path in every room of the house by removing unnecessary furniture or items. Think about donating or putting them in storage. Also double check edges of carpet or rungs to make sure nothing is frayed and causing trips.
- Remember don’t move heavy things on your own! When clearing out that furniture or pile of magazines, always ask for help! Even a simple task as changing a light bulb may require some assistance if you need to stand on a chair or ladder to reach it. Think about replacing that heavy vacuum cleaner with a newer lightweight cordless model. Even something as simple as getting a extended handle for cleaning tools could help: Extended Toilet Brush
- Check Expiration Dates! Spring is a great time to go through the medicine cabinet and check all expiration dates. Don’t forget to check the over the counter pills as well such as Tylenol or Advil. Also a great place to look for expiration dates is your refrigerator. Take a look at that ketchup or mayo bottle. Also remember to check your canned food in the cabinet or pantry.
- Update your emergency numbers! Double check your saved numbers in your speed dials to make sure that everyone listed has the most up to date information. Also as a tip, if you have a cell phone, be sure to add “ICE*” before your emergency contact. Emergency professionals know to look through a cell phone for ICE or In Case of Emergency contacts to reach out to them if you are unable to. Do you know who to call in an emergency? Have a list of numbers next to your phone just in case.
- Spring is the time to check those fire detector batteries! The easiest way is to just replace the batteries so they are fresh for the year. Also make sure to check your fire extinguisher and emergency kit for any expiration dates and that all supplies are full.