Prepare for cold temperatures and make sure your home is safe for loved ones. Check out these five ways to winterize your accessible home. Don’t miss these beneficial suggestions.
Insulate the Home
During the winter, it’s all about trapping heat and keeping cold air out of the home. To ensure a comfortable space, insulate the house. Caulking windows, installing weather strips, and adding fiberglass insulation to exposed pipes are all good practices.
Test the Heating System
People often don’t discover issues with their heating system until they turn it on for the first time. Don’t wait till winter to turn on the heat. Before cold temperatures settle in, test the system. Check the heating filters and vents to make sure that they blow hot air.
Call a professional to clean the furnace or make necessary repairs if problems occur. Keep your loved ones safe and warm all season long.
Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that’s poisonous. Boilers, furnaces, gas stoves, and clothes dryers are all carbon monoxide sources in the home. Carbon monoxide detectors alert people when leaks happen and gas emits into the air. It’s important to check detectors and ensure that they work! You don’t want toxic gas exposure inside any home.
Ensure That Indoor Modifications Work
Winterize your accessible home by ensuring that indoor modifications work. Those living with impairments need mobility solutions year-round, and functional home additions are critical for your loved ones. Functional solutions ensure that people can safely move throughout the home.
Components like residential stairlifts create a safe passage through multi-level homes. Furthermore, safety bars and door grips provide stability. It’s also critical to check any home modifications and make sure that they meet safety standards.
Add Anti-Slip Tape on Outdoor Ramps
Outdoor ramps are convenient for those living with physical impairments. Wheelchair users and people with canes, crutches, or walkers can safely access their homes. Though leaving home is rare, doctors’ appointments, dialysis treatments, and grocery store runs are still necessary excursions.
That said, people need safe passage to and from their homes. Unfortunately, wintertime brings snow and ice, which can affect outdoor ramps. The last things you want are slips and falls. Luckily, anti-slip tape increases traction on ramps and prevents falls!
Live in Place has safety solutions for your home. Whether you need ramps or stairlifts, we have you covered. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today!