Electrical fires are terrifying but they can be prevented by following some simple safety steps.
Check the Wattage on Her Light Bulbs
You may want your aging family member’s home to be as bright as possible, but you might inadvertently create a hazard. Using bulbs that have a higher wattage than that supported by the fixture can cause the fixture to overheat, which is a recipe for disaster. Double check all lights and fixtures to make sure that you’re not overtaxing any of them.
Check All Outlets and Extension Cords
Outlets can also only take so much overload before they could potentially overheat to the point of fire. Extension cords are a temporary solution at best. Your senior’s outlets should only have two items plugged in at any given time for best results. If she needs more outlets, then it’s possible that an electrician can determine if that’s possible.
Verify that All Appliance Cords Are in Good Shape
Appliance cords that are worn, frayed, or otherwise damaged are a huge potential fire risk. Make sure that you pull major appliances away from the wall a few times a year to inspect the cords. If you do spot damage, don’t use that appliance before having a repair person take a look. It’s possible that the fix is a simple one that only takes a few minutes.
Don’t Cover up Cords
Some people hate the sight of cords so much that they’ll cover them up with almost anything. Cords that are covered up with rugs, blankets, or other items can become damaged without notice and they can also overheat. Make sure that you’ve found a better way to deal with cords so that they’re both safe and out of the way.
Get an Electrician to Take a Look
One way to really get an idea how safe the electrical system is in your senior’s home is to hire an electrician to come in and take a look around. The electrician can check to make sure that no outlets or wiring are overloaded. This might also be a good time to move some light switches or outlets to locations that are more convenient for your aging adult to reach.
If you’re not able to be there as much as you’d like with your aging adult, consider asking senior care providers to stay on top of this issue for you. They can help your elderly family member with other tasks as well as looking out for potential safety issues that can be a big problem if left unchecked.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Mercerville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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