Check for These Safety Risks in Your Parent’s Home

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Smoke Detector in the smoke of a fire.

August 21 – 25 is National Safe at Home Week. When is the last time your parent’s house had a safety check up? Think about it. Your parent’s house is where they spend most of their time. Home is also the place where many injuries and accidents occur. National Safe at Home Week is a week that is dedicated to keeping homes safe from hazards that can result in serious harm, such as fire, electrical, and carbon monoxide hazards.

Home Care Whittier CA - Check for These Safety Risks in Your Parent’s Home

Home Care Whittier CA – Check for These Safety Risks in Your Parent’s Home

If it’s been a while since anyone has looked around your senior parent’s house to determine if there are any safety hazards, take some time during the week to conduct an inspection.

Electrical Safety Hazards

Electricity is a powerful force and accidents involving electricity can lead to serious injury or even death. Here are some things to look for in your senior parent’s home:

  • Outlets in the bathrooms and kitchen should be GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets. If your parent’s house is older and the outlets have not been upgraded, they should be replaced.
  • Check for switch plate and outlet covers that are damaged or broke and replace them.
  • Look for outlets that are overloaded with too many cords plugged in. Use a power bar to alleviate the problem. Since this is a sign that there may not be enough outlets in your parent’s home (as is the case with many older homes), you may want to consider having an electrician install additional outlets.
  • Look for cords that are damaged (frayed, cracked, squashed, etc.). Check extension cords and appliances. Throw away damaged extension cords. You may be able to have the cord on an appliance replaced. Check with a local repair shop.
  • Keep all electrical devices a safe distance from sources of water.

Fire Safety Issues

Your parent should have a plan in place for escaping the house in case of a fire. Be sure your parent’s home care provider is also aware of the plan. Look for the following fire safety issues:

  • Check that there are working smoke alarms on each floor of the home, especially inside and near bedrooms. Test the smoke alarms and replace batteries regularly.
  • Make sure there is a working fire extinguisher in the home and that your parent knows how to use it. Inform your parent’s home care provider of where to find the extinguisher.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and deadly. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your parent’s home, follow these tips:

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in the home and change the batteries every six months.
  • Have your parent’s heating system and water heater inspected yearly by a professional.
  • If your parent’s home has a fireplace, the chimney should be inspected yearly.

Your elderly parent’s safety is one of your chief concerns as a family caregiver. Hiring a home care provider through an agency can help keep your parent safer at home. Home care providers can assist your parent with tasks that may be unsafe for seniors, such as climbing on ladders to replace the batteries on a smoke alarm. They can also be an extra set of eyes to watch for other safety hazards.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Whittier CA, please contact the caring staff at 1Heart Caregiver Services today.

Belina C. Nernberg
Belina C. Nernberg
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of a group of successful companies – 1Heart Caregiver Services, LA Jobs Employment Agency Inc. and Summit Medical Billing Solutions, Inc. As the CEO of 1Heart Caregiver Services, one of the fastest growing in-home care service companies in California, Belina has been responsible for the company’s increased productivity and consistent profitability for more than 12 years. Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its short-term and long-term goals. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 23 years, with 13 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina’s principle-centered leadership and strength in her ability to combine corporate talents pave the way for the company to achieve greater heights. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. In 2013, she was honored with the Los Angeles IMAGE AWARDS – an award given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts and entertainment. In June 2014, she was also awarded the title of Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.” In December 2015, she was also the recipient of the TOPLA (The Outstanding Pilipinos in Los Angeles) Award for Leadership Excellence in Human Resources. 1Heart Caregiver Services is a certified member of CAHSAH and has been featured in Asian newspapers and other media publications all over the United States like Yahoo! News, Google, TV, radio and newspaper online due to its various accomplishments, corporate programs, and contribution to the senior care industry. Belina’s vision remains solid and strategic as the company moves forward in its goal of making a positive difference in the home care industry.

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