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  • Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week

    The content for this blog is taken from the National Fire Protection Association. October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week with a focus on replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.

    Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

    Smoke Alarm

    Safety Tips

    • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
    • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
    • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
    • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
    • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
    • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
    • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
    • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
    • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

    Plan your Escape

    • Your ability to get out of your house during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
    • Get everyone in your household together and make a home escape plan. Walk through your home and look for two ways out of every room.
    • Make sure escape routes are clear of debris and doors and windows open easily. Windows with security bars or grills should have an emergency release device.
    • Plan an outside meeting place where everyone will meet once they have escaped. A good meeting place is something permanent, like a tree, light pole or mailbox, a safe distance in front of the home.
    • If there are infants, older adults, family members with mobility limitations or children who do not wake to the sound of the smoke alarm, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the event of an emergency.
    • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Respond quickly – get up and go, remember to know two ways out of every room, get yourself outside quickly, and go to your outside meeting place with your family.
    • Learn more about home escape planning.

    Children and Smoke Alarms

    NFPA is aware of research indicating that sleeping children don't always awake when a smoke alarm activates. While this research is worrisome, we shouldn't allow them to obscure the fact that smoke alarms are highly effective at reducing fire deaths and injuries.

    NFPA reaffirms the value of the smoke alarms already available to protect people from home fire deaths and voice its concern about the number of U.S. households without these early warning devices. While 96 percent of American homes have at least one smoke alarm, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of five (41%) of the reported home fires between 2003-2006. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

    NFPA emphasizes the need to continue planning and practicing home fire escape plans and to make sure everyone in a home can be awakened by the sound of the smoke alarm. NFPA suggests practicing the escape plan during which the smoke alarm is activated so all family members know its sound.

    Every home fire escape plan is different, and every family should know who will - and who won't - awaken at the sound of the smoke alarm. If someone doesn't wake up when the alarm sounds during a drill, the family should design an escape plan that assigns a grown-up who is easily awakened by the alarm to wake the sleepers, perhaps by yelling "FIRE," pounding on the wall or door, or blowing a whistle.

    AbleMart wants everyone to be safe in their home, specifically from the threat of a fire. If you would like more information about smoke alarms and how to keep your family safe, please visit the public education section of NFPA’s website. For information on other home safety products, you can Contact Us.

  • The Benefits of Walk In Tubs

    One of the most dangerous rooms in your home is the bathroom. Many people slip and fall here thanks to the combination of smooth floors, soap and water. These three things make for a slippery and hazardous floor that can lead to injuries and worse if you’re not careful. And one of the most common times people can slip and fall is as they are getting in and out of their shower or tub. If you want to avoid this type of mishap for you or your loved one, you should consider looking into walk in tubs for your Harrisburg home.

    Walk in tubs are great for anyone with balance or mobility issues. They can fit over your old bath tub, and the ones we sell come in five pieces for easy installation. They come with a door that opens and closes, so you do not have to lift your leg over the side of your tub to get in and out. Water will still stay within the tub thanks to the walk in tub’s sealing, which also helps keep water off of your floor where it can become a fall hazard.

    Walk in tubs come with grab bars and railings that also help those with balance issues, and you can also have the grab bars installed after the tub is installed if you want. These tubs also come with grips on the floor that will help you keep your balance. The walk in tubs we sell also feature a built in shower chair. So if you tend to get tired or fatigued while showering, you can easily sit down and bathe that way.

    When you take a bath or shower, it should be a relaxing and soothing experience. You should not have to worry about slipping or losing your balance and hurting yourself. Walk in tubs give you the peace of mind you deserve because you know you will be safe as you are getting in and out of them. They offer you yet another way to stay as independent as possible for as long as possible.

    These are only a few of the benefits of walk in tubs. Call us, and we can tell you even more.

    Would you like more information on walk in tubs for your Harrisburg home? Call AbleMart toll-free at 844-346-2253, Browse Our Site or Contact Us. We ship everywhere in the United States.

  • Caring for the Caregiver

    If you are caring for a loved one, it is easy to lose sight of taking care of yourself sometimes. You are so wrapped up in making sure the other person is as comfortable and as pain free as possible that sometimes your own needs are not being met. While home safety products can help Harrisburg caregivers and make life easier on them and their loved one, there are a few other things you can do to help yourself.

    One of the most important things you can do is learn how to recognize when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. These feelings can manifest themselves in many different ways and they can vary from person to person. However, a few signs seem to be fairly common: feeling tired or exhausted all of the time, catching colds or other illnesses more often than usual, feeling more impatient or irritated than usual and not enjoying the activities and interests you used to enjoy.

    As soon as you feel these feelings, you should seek help. You can go to a therapist, or you can even talk to a friend about how you are feeling. There are also support groups you can join either online or in real life. You can meet like-minded individuals who are in similar situations, and you can lean on one another when the going gets tough.

    Make sure to make time for yourself. Even if you only get 20 minutes to yourself a day, take that time and do something you enjoy. Take a walk outside, read a book, watch a TV show: whatever it is that helps you de-stress and relax for awhile. Home safety products for your loved one can help make taking time for yourself a bit easier. You will not have to worry as much about your loved one falling in the bathroom, for example, if you have home safety products like grab bars, non-slip treads and a commode chair installed.

    Remember that caring for yourself is not a selfish act. In order to properly care for your loved one, you need to be at your best physically and mentally. Taking time to care for yourself means you are getting your needs met and that can help make you a better caregiver overall.

    Do you want more information on home safety products in Harrisburg and throughout the country? Call AbleMart toll-free at 844-346-2253, Browse Our Site or Contact Us.

  • Preventing Injuries with Bathroom Safety Products

    Each year, more than one in three seniors that are 65 or older experience a fall. And, according to the National Institute on Aging, 80% of those falls occur in the bathroom. Although your bathroom is usually the smallest room in your home, it can be one of the most dangerous. Bathroom safety products for your Harrisburg home can help decrease the risk of falls and serious injuries.

    And here are some more interesting statistics on bathroom falls and more information on how bathroom safety products can help decrease the likelihood that you or a loved one gets injured in the bathroom, shower or tub.

    • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year about 235,000 people slip, fall and injure themselves in the bathroom. You can easily help prevent this from happening by browsing our bathroom safety products and buying grab bars, non-slip treads, shower chairs and more and having them installed in your bathroom.
    • Women are more likely to slip and fall in the bathroom than men. While there is no clear reason for this, there are several theories: women tend to have less strength in their lower body than men, women are less physically active than men and/or women tend to have a lower bone mass than men. If you have problems lifting yourself on and off of the commode or in and out of the shower, then bathroom safety products like commode and shower chairs can help with this.
    • While only about 2.2% of falls occur while getting in and out of your shower or tub, 2/3 of all injuries overall occurred while the person was in the shower or tub. This is yet another good reason to look into bathroom safety products like non-slip treads and shower and tub chairs. It can be easy to get tired and fatigued when you are standing up in the shower. A shower chair lets you sit comfortably and enjoy your shower without the risk of losing your balance, falling and getting hurt.
    • Injury rates are also high near the toilet. This also highlights the need for grab bars near the toilet, as well as commode chairs, that will help people get on and off the toilet comfortably and safely.

    Are you interested in learning more about bathroom safety products in Harrisburg? Call us at AbleMart toll-free at 844-346-2253, Browse Our Site or Contact Us.

  • How to Improve Kitchen Safety

    Your kitchen is sometimes full of hazards: seen and unseen. But there are several different things you can do to help increase how safe you are in your kitchen. Whether you have mobility issues or you just need some extra help around the house, there are plenty of assistive devices and products available from AbleMart that can help. Here are a few tips on how you can help improve kitchen safety in your home.

    • If there are any throw rugs on your kitchen floor, either consider getting rid of them completely or find some non-slip pads to put underneath them.
    • Take a look at the floor and all counters. Are there any electrical cords that could cause someone to trip? Are there any that are lying across a counter and creating a potential fire hazard? Secure any excess cords by covering them or tacking them down. Doing this simple task can help promote kitchen safety.
    • If there are any flammable liquids in the kitchen, store them elsewhere, like in your garage.
    • If you store medications in your kitchen, consider moving them to your bathroom or bedroom. They should be stored somewhere secure and out of reach of small children. This also helps enhance kitchen safety for little ones that might be visiting their grandparents or any other children that might be visiting.
    • Get a night light of some type installed in your kitchen. There are several kinds available that turn on automatically when they detect motion or when you turn off an overhead light. This is an excellent way to be able to move around in your kitchen at night when you might not want or need an overhead light.
    • Consider buying utensils and other kitchen items that are specifically designed for those with grip issues and mobility issues. That way, you can keep cooking and baking as much as you want and it will not be as difficult. AbleMart sells a wide variety of these products that help with cutting, eating, preparing food and more.

    With just a few small changes and improvements, you can really enhance kitchen safety in your home, making it easier and even more fun to cook, bake and do other activities!

    If you would like more information about kitchen safety and the assistive devices and products we sell, call AbleMart at 1-844-346-2253, Browse Our Site or you can Contact Us.

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