Home Safety Hazards, Besides Falling

by Bruce Montgomery February 29, 2016

Home Safety Hazards, Besides Falling

In addition to falls, seniors face additional challenges with other safety factors in the home. Preventing, preparing for and responding to natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.) and home emergencies (fires, air contamination, loss of heat or power, etc.) are important to seniors in different ways than when they were younger.

Older adults may be more vulnerable than younger adults during a disaster if they have impaired physical mobility, diminished sensory awareness, chronic health conditions, or social and economic limitations that interfere with their ability to prepare for disasters and to respond and adapt during such events. Be prepared – stock up on supplies, have a plan, keep calm, and be smart.

Security can also be a concern for seniors who are sometimes less able to physically stop an intruder. With proper precautions, homeowners can prevent most crimes and intrusions.

  • Never open your door to someone you do not know – keep your door locked – if the person at the door knows you – he or she will call and let you know they are at the door
  • If they persist, tell the person through the door that you are calling the police
  • Lights on at night improve security
  • Deadbolts on doors are essential. In more than a third of all burglaries, the burglar enters the front door (and most of the time does so forcefully).
  • Homes without a monitored security alarm system are 3 times more likely to be burglarized or robbed than those with a monitored home security system.
    *Note: Fall prevention efforts can reduce the risk of falling. Caregivers and older homeowners can become knowledgeable about what needs to be done to make homes as fall-proof as possible. Check here often and search for product ideas that can make you safer in your home!

    Bruce Montgomery
    Bruce Montgomery


    Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.